Anatomy of a Rainbow FREE Printable + Make a Rainbow

Spring is almost here – I can *feel* it. Soon we’ll be seeing the tulips and crocuses pop up, the grass will be green and the snow will give way to spring showers. In celebration of spring (…so close… we’re SO close), I wanted to share this Anatomy of a Rainbow free download with you, as well as a fun activity your kids will want to do again and again.

Anatomy of a Rainbow FREE Printable

Download this little printable for free here, and feel free to use it along with the below activity for a fun little rainbow unit. We had so much fun doing this activity over and over (trying out different color combinations, of course). This would be a great activity to have on hand for St. Patrick’s Day.

Download the Free Anatomy of a Rainbow PDF.

Make a Rainbow Activity

What you need:

  • Absorbent paper towel
  • Washable markers (Crayola is fine)
  • Bowl of warm water

First, fold or cut your paper towel into a smaller rectangle, about 8″ long by 3.5″ wide (it doesn’t have to be exact). Have your student color a bit of one side of the paper towel in rainbow colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Here comes the fun part: dip the colored section of the paper towel into a bowl of warm water and watch the colors move up the paper towel to create a rainbow! We did this again and again… and again. The best part about this activity is that most kids (elementary and up) can do this completely on their own. Win-win!

Walking Rainbow Experiment

We’ve also enjoyed this walking rainbow experiment in past years – check this out and give it a try:

Walking Rainbow Experiment by STEAMsational

I hope you and your kids enjoy this fun and simple activity!

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