Activity Introduction

Who doesn’t love a rainbow? They always feel like a little bit of magic. In this activity you will explore how rainbows are made and will make your own actual rainbow. You will find out how rainbows bring hope and happiness to people, and you will spread a little magic of your own by creating a rainbow artwork to share with people in your community.

This activity is a great one to do together as a family.

Ideal for: Ages 4 to 7

Themes: 

  • investigate 
  • be creative 

Time required: 20+ minutes (time will vary according to how much time kids spending creating their artworks)

Curriculum connections: Science, Visual Arts, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Resources Required

  • Background information: The Benefits of Nurturing Creativity – factsheet
  • Art-making materials, such as paper, pencils, paints, crayons, chalk or craft materials
  • Rainbow template (optional)
  • Materials for ‘Make a rainbow with a CD’ (optional):
    • Some white wall or poster-sized white paper stuck to the wall
    • Recycled CD
    • Sunlight or a torch
  • Materials for ‘Make a rainbow with a glass of water’ (optional)
    • A glass of water (about three-quarters full)
    • White paper
    • A sunny day

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in a remote or school settings.

Faber-Castell have long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. They are also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Colour A Little Happiness: Creating Rainbows - Activity Instructions

Who doesn’t love a rainbow? They always feel like a little bit of magic. In this activity you will explore how rainbows are made and will make your own actual rainbow. You will find out how rainbows bring hope and happiness to people, and you will spread a little magic of your own by creating a rainbow artwork to share with people in your community.

Part A: Background to Rainbows

Step 1. Take a look at this image and talk to someone in your family about what you see:

You can use the following questions to help your discussion:

  • What do you see in this picture?
  • What does this picture make you think about?
  • What does this picture make you wonder? What questions do you have about this picture?

Step 2. Now take a closer look at the rainbow in this picture and talk about the following question:

  • What do you already know about rainbows?

Take some time talking about your answers. Below you can also read

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