One day during half term we saw the most beautiful rainbow which inspired us to make a rainbow paper plate.

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You will need:

  • paper plates
  • paint and ribbon for each colour
  • double sided sticky tape
  • some thread

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Cut the plate in half and draw the lines to separate each colour.

One colour at a time paint your rainbow, trying to keep within your lines you have drawn.  This a great way to help children develop fine motor skills. If you can’t remember or are teaching a child to remember the sequence of colours then this is a handy rhyme ‘Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain’ (the first letter is the corresponding colour) or, try to remember the name ‘Roy G Biv’.

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When your paint has dried, stick the ribbon to the back of the plate where each colour starts and finishes.

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Finally, using your thread find a nice window to hang your rainbow up.

This activity is a great way to talk about how rainbows are made. If you have younger children you could talk about how there has to be rain and sun to make a rainbow.  For older children you can talk about how the sun must be behind you to see it, and how the light is refracted by the rain drops.

 

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Rainbow paper plate craft for kids.