Rainbows: Color Science

Color has been an intense topic of interest for thousands of years. Mathematicians, philosophers, physicists, physiologists, poets, and other disciplines have all contributed to our understanding of color.

In the 1600s, English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton began a series of experiments with sunlight and prisms. He demonstrated that clear white light was composed of seven visible colors. Throughout our Rainbow Week, we really enjoyed manipulating different colors to see what would happen when they were combined!

For this activity specifically, we really enjoyed using paint and Ziploc bags to combine different colors.

Our young students enjoyed it because of the squishy texture of the bags, and the teachers enjoyed it because it was easy to clean up!

Lego Rainbows

Since we are learning about St. Patrick’s Day, we decided to create our very own Lego rainbow! To accomplish this, your little one was guided to a premade rainbow as a visual organizer. We then sorted our Legos into the various colors of the rainbow. This activity fulfilled several developmental tasks. Your little one learned about the various colors of the rainbow by pairing the visual color with the name of the color. Sizes and shapes were also addressed, as everyone combined Legos to create different structures within the rainbow. We also discussed several vocabulary words, such as right, left, on top, and around. Lastly, your budding mathematician practiced several premath skills, such as patterning and sequence making.

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