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She’s Like a Rainbow

March is a great time for learning about the weather, including rainbows!  Kids love rainbows with their bright colors and mystery–and there is plenty of opportunity for scientific exploration!

With our preschoolers, we made dyed pasta rainbows.  We also gave the toddlers in our group the option of making the craft with fruity cereal o’s on paper–but this generally resulted in them just eating the cereal!

Materials:

  • Rotelle (Wagon Wheel) Pasta
  • Food Dye
  • Wax Paper
  • Cotton Balls
  • Glue
  • Thread (for hanging)

  1. Dye the pasta by mixing 1 tablespoon of vinegar with pasta and a few drops of food coloring.  Our pasta was very yellow and so that affected the colors.  I might try multicolored pasta next time. (instructions via Frugal Family Fun Blog)
  2. Begin by gluing 3-5 of the violet/purple pieces in an arc on your wax paper.
  3. Glue each color of the rainbow in order around the previous one. (my daughter stopped halfway through the orange and switched to red–but that’s okay!)
  4. Tear cotton balls into two or three pieces and glue at the ends of the rainbows.
  5. Once the rainbow is dry, run a needle and thread through one of the top pieces of pasta and tie in a loop. Hang on a window.

While the rainbow is drying, you can enjoy a rainbow of fruit and discuss how eating a rainbow helps keep you healthy and gives you energy.  We were out of grapes and kiwi but managed most of the rest of the rainbow.

We also made rainbow star melted crayons but these took longer than I thought they would (and I didn’t love the way my kitchen smelled afterwards). If you want to make layered rainbow crayons, try this process at Chica and Jo.

And we read books about rainbows:

More rainbow crafts and recipes:

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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10 Responses to "She’s Like a Rainbow"

  1. Debbie says:

    Just popped over from We Teach to welcome you to the Group! I love your rainbow crafts and oh that desert looks absolutely yummy! I look forward to following and discovering more of your ideas!

  2. Debbie says:

    What a great idea. I can’t wait to try it with my son. :) And we love the book Ducky’s Rainbow too. It’s a favorite.

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  7. Amanda says:

    This is so cute and colorful!

    I run Fun Family Crafts, a library of craft tutorials geared at kids of all ages. I would love it if you’d stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don’t post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like! http://funfamilycrafts.com/

  8. Jamie says:

    Hello, This is such a cute craft for kids for St. Patrick’s Day! I can’t wait to do this with my 4 year old son… I hope it’s okay, I featured your pasta rainbow kids craft in a St. Patrick’s Day crafts and decor round-up hub here:

    http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/St-Patricks-Day-Craft-Tutorials-and-DIY-Home-Decor-Round-Up

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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