As part of our recent weather unit, we headed outside to try our luck at making a real rainbow. My kids loved this simple activity, and I think that it helped my kids understand how rainbows form and why. Here’s how you can make a real rainbow too:
Supplies for Making a Rainbow:
- Glass or clear plastic bowl (or dish)
- White paper
Steps for Making a Rainbow:
- Fill your dish with a couple inches of water.
- Go outside or to a window where you can get direct sunlight.
- Place the mirror inside the dish into the water.
- Aim the mirror where the sunlight hits the mirror and then reflects at an angle through the water.
- Catch the rainbow on a piece of paper as it reflects out of the water.
For us getting the perfect angle did take a little bit of trial and error, but the the beautiful rainbows were worth the effort.
If you are doing a water cycle/weather unit (like we are in Sonlight Science A), then all you need to do is still an empty jar or bowl into your bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and then leave it in the sun. Now you have an evaporation station for further scientific discovery!
See my list of homeschooling ideas to go with Sonlight Science A and Sonlight Core A here.
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