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Creating Rainbows

I think it’s safe to say that we are all fascinated by rainbows and I still get a feeling of joy and wonder when I see a rainbow in the sky or simply appearing on the floor or wall of the classroom, or anywhere….

In Ireland we often link rainbows with leprechauns and other fairy folk, again taking the child’s imagination on a journey.

Rainbows fascinate children and always generate wonder, interest and questions.




It is at this point that most adults will reach for their phone or tablet to be able to answer their questions! But don’t rush in to answer their questions with exact scientific explanations. It is important to allow your child to form their own thoughts and hypotheses about what is happening. Challenge your own knowledge together with your child and experience the feeling of wonder and amazement that they express on their journey of discovery.

Encourage their ideas and suggest that they might like to draw their idea as to how the rainbow happens.

When children get the opportunity to work things out for themselves (albeit with your ‘I wonder how?’ and ‘I wonder if?’ suggestions and provocations) their learning and understanding is greater and will form the foundation for future learning and understanding. It is also powerful for supporting their sense of ‘I can’.

So let’s be rainbow makers

What will you need?

· A glass dish of any shape

· A mirror that fits in the dish

· A bottle or a jug of water (enough to fill the dish but part of the mirror needs to be left out of the water)

· A torch or

· you can use the sunshine coming directly through the window

Place everything on the table so your child can see what is needed to make the rainbow.

Be patient rainbows are very shy and they prefer to stay hidden …….

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Apr 20, 2020

Morning lovely Bizzy B's. What amazing rainbows you've created. Somewhere over the rainbow I see beautiful Bizzy B's. You're the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Miss you all and sending lots of love:)


Apr 18, 2020

Somewhere over the rainbow (I feel a song coming on!)

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Apr 18, 2020

Yes I did it - I made rainbows, but as you can see they can be shy and i nearly missed the one little rainbow that appeared on the side of the bowl

Setting up the equipment

Waiting patiently

Hey presto

...and the little shy one....


Apr 16, 2020

Your Easter hunts looked like yummy fun! I'm missing you all.

Looking forward to playing with you all , hopefully soon. xx


Apr 16, 2020

Hello Michael . I love your rainbows. I think I need to make some. Continue having fun with your mum :)

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