Making Rainbows in the
The crystal in the window:
Everybody loves rainbows! They are a magical thing! Children,
without fail, exclaim when they see a rainbow in the sky!
They are beautiful and they are a mystery…so, why
not fill your own classroom with rainbows? Hang a lead crystal
in your window to catch direct morning or afternoon sunlight.
Watch as the rainbows dance around your room, adding that
element of childhood excitement and wonder! Watch as rainbows
become the talk of the town!
Follow the theme through to science! Answer those questions
that the children will be asking you through watching the
crystal…How does a rainbow work? How can you make
a rainbow? Why do you need sun and rain to make a rainbow?…and
many more. Blow bubbles outdoors, and watch the rainbows
• Displaying the “Making
Rainbows” cards with Art!
There are a million ways to paint rainbows! Children never
tire of them! One way is to make a giant, rainbow! It can
then be displayed on the wall.
At the beginning of each day when a new card is chosen,
the previous card is placed on this rainbow path along the
wall and the new card, blue tacked on the blackboard where
the new message is written in big letters for everyone to
see from their seats.
Even if you do not consider yourself an artist you can
do a big, fun, colourful star, heart or whichever if the
5 shapes the card holds, along with the words!
• Paint watercolour rainbows
love freedom, where they can create. Show them the order
of the colours of the rainbow and why the certain colours
are next to each other. Let them experiment and see what
happens when you paint those “side by side”
colours in watercolours and let them run into each other.
Let them start with 2 colours and use straws to blow the
paints into each other. They finally allow them to create
their own beautiful rainbows!
Let the only rule be that they stick with the colour order!!!!
• The Rainbow Books
A great way to have the children become more familiar with
each of the “Making Rainbows” cards is for them
to have their own books! Simply cut a complete standard
exercise book in half and have the children decorate the
covers as; “My Rainbow Book” or “My Book
of Rainbows” Each day as the card is chosen, a small
period of time is taken for the message to be written in
the book in their neatest printing. All easily legible styles
of text are encouraged for design and creative purposes.
The children can then decorate the books with colour and
imagination. They can illustrate just what the words on
the card mean to them, or simply play with the actual card
design. The children love the colours, and it seems that
even the messiest of children make more of an effort! This
is great for early finishers to keep on hand! This seems
to let the children take on more ownership of the messages!
It makes it more real for them and helps them to integrate
the messages, and generates an awareness of their power
both within classroom and the playground! See the kids page
for pictures of the “Rainbow Books”!
• Draw the Making Rainbows imagination
journeys for kids!
After the children have listened to the imagination journeys a few times and are familiar with them, they can be great
fun to draw!
The kids can do storymaps, or choose a scene and paint it
just as it is in their imaginations! Fun to see just how
different everyone’s can be!
Decorate your windows
You can use the liquid chalk to write your daily focus
card on the window! Bright and colourful, it wipes off easily
with a dry cloth.
Children can take turns. The person who chooses the card
might be the one who has the privilege for that day, or
perhaps it is up to them to choose someone who has not yet
had a turn to design the window!
You will have a bright and colourful reminder each day!
Soon everyone will want to know what you are doing! You
can buy the liquid chalk pens direct from Crystal Rainbow.
|Share your Ideas with Crystal Rainbow
you would like to share any experiences or ideas in using
your Crystal Rainbow products to help other teachers, we
would love to hear from you, please CONTACT
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to you and your class for sharing.
Hello! My name is Rebecca McGee
and I currently teach Kindergarten at Secret Harbour Primary
School. Below is an idea that I have used in my classroom
and would like to share with you. This activity was used
to introduce the children to your wonderful Making Rainbows
positive thought cards.
• Birthday Idea
Each week a child whose birthday it was during that week
(or month) selects a card and the positive thought is reinforced
to the children throughout the week. We discuss it as a
class and it has definitely helped promote our ethos of
'caring is sharing'. As an extra reinforcer of self-esteem
for the children, when I say "Two big pats on your
back", the children pat themselves on their backs and
reply "We're Fantastic!". Thank you so much. Your
products are fantastic!
• Rainbow Poem Idea
Before your read the poem, place a large sheet of white
paper on your easel and gather markers in the six colors
mentioned in the poem. As you read the Rhyme, drawn an arc
of each color. TA-DA ... it's a rainbow!
Six little textas all standing in a line.
They said, "Let's draw a picture and make it mighty
Red jumped for joy as he leaped across the sky.
Orange jumped up too, but not quite so high.
Next came yellow as bright as the sun.
Green was excited as he started to run.
Blue followed boldly, then looked all around.
Purple came last, nearly touching the ground.
"Isn't this lovely?" the textas exclaimed.
"We've made a rainbow without any rain!"
Teacher - Room 20
Secret Harbour Primary School WA
Thankyou to year 3/4, Byford
Primary School in Western Australia,
for many of the ideas on this page.