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Colour in Nature: Rainbows

The children love rainbows and it is usually a topic of conversation when they paint. Bela was interested in the work of the Water Group when they were painting a rainbow.  He thought they were using too many colours. This prompted my asking, what are the colours in the rainbow?

Michael: Red, purple, pink and yellow
William: Green, red, orange and yellow
Tyreese: Blue, yellow and orange
Chloe: Purple
Bela: Red, green, blue and yellow
Ryleigh: Blue, green and purple

After conducting an experiment of shining a flashlight on a CD and projecting the image onto paper, the children could see that there were seven colours in a rainbow. Using the colours of the rainbow, the children did a picture of their choice.


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