Paint a RainbowPosted on March 4th, 2010 2 comments
Take the kids outside on a misty morning, when the grass is wet and the sun is just peeking through the clouds. You might be lucky enough to see a rainbow arching high through the sky. They say there’s a pot of gold where the rainbow touches the ground, but no one has ever found this treasure.
But young artists can create a rainbow treasure with paints and white paper. This is a great project for learning how to mix colors too. Use just the red, yellow and blue paints in a watercolor set. Show young kids how these primary colors mix together on a mixing tray or plate to make green, orange and violet.
Paint a picture with a rainbow in it, then paint the sky blue and the rainbow colors in the right order: violet at the bottom of the arch, then blue, green, yellow, orange and red at the top. Look at photos of rainbows from books or on the Internet, and learn more about the science of rainbows at Science Kids.
Materials: red, yellow and blue watercolor paints, heavy white paper, paintbrushes, a jar of water, a plate or tray for mixing colors, a pencil and a couple paper towels.
Time: 30 minutes
KidsArt Resource: A plastic Palette has small and large wells for squeezing out watercolors that come in tubes, as well as larger areas for mixing different colors and washes of color. Handy tool for young artists!
2 responses to “Paint a Rainbow”
i love this activity!!!!!
Wow, you have so many fun projects here! I’d love to link to some if you didn’t mind.
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