Rainbows can be a great learning tool. You can teach kids about colours, about light, about rain, about leprechauns. But rainbows are also fun. These paper plate rainbows are cheap and easy to make, they're fun anytime, but can also be used as an activity for a rainbow themed party.
Time: 30 minutes
Cotton Balls or Cotton Pads
Cut your paper plate just over half. You'll be using the bigger piece.
Mix your colours. As long as you've got red, yellow, and blue you'll be able to make all the colours of the rainbow. It's also always handy to have a white or cream on hand so you can play with different shades.
Start painting the colours of the rainbow in stripes along the plate. The traditional colours are ROY-G-BIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, & violet). Stick to something similar if you want a traditional looking rainbow, but if kids are feeling creative let them use any colours in any order.
Once you've finished, leave the rainbow to dry.
To attach the 'clouds' put dots of glue along the bottom of the rainbow. One-by-one stick the clouds to the rainbow. Cotton balls will give you a fluffier cloud like effect, but cotton pads look good if they're all you can find.
Leave the glue to dry, and after that your rainbow is done. You can stick it to the wall with blu-tac or hang it up with string.