Make a Rainbow! (Craft)

The many colors of the rainbow are a beautiful symbol of diversity and unity! Children all over the world have made rainbows during the pandemic to give hope to others. Create your own rainbow emerging from a cloud with this easy craft.

You will need…

  • Washable markers
  • White construction or plain (copy) paper
  • Glue (any type) or tape
  • A spray bottle for water (you can upcycle one)
  • Scissors

1. Flatten coffee filters.

2. Use washable markers to add the colors of the rainbow in order, starting with a red border around the edges of the coffee filter. Create a “bullseye” by making circles inside the border with orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Finish by leaving a white circle in the middle.

3. Put the colored coffee filters on a cookie sheet and spritz with water. The colors will run together slightly, like a real rainbow!

4. Allow to dry for 1-2 hours. (Use a blow dryer or fan to speed up the process if you like.)

5. While the rainbow is drying, draw and cut out a cloud shape from construction or other white paper that is a little wider than the coffee filter.

6. Cut the coffee filter in half to make two rainbows.

7. Tape or glue the rainbow behind the cloud. (Draw a happy face on the cloud if you like!)

Did you know? A rainbow occurs when light shines through water droplets in a cloud in just the right way, creating a prism of beautiful colors. If you can remember ROYGBIV, you can remember the colors of the rainbow in order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

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