Today's Snack: Multicolor fruit snacks often come in rainbow
colors. See "rainbow order," below. Take time to help your child put a serving
of fruit snacks in "rainbow order," THEN eat!
Small containers of water (clear, or
washed-out yogurt cups work well)
Blank copy paper
Here's a way to teach a small child
about the colors and stay entertained for quite a while, just playing with colored
Make sure to put a paint shirt on
the child and protect chair cushions and countertops, and you do the mixing, since
food coloring will stain fingers, clothes and everything in between. Once it's
diluted in water, it's not as big a stain threat.
Prepare several small containers of water and let your child
squeeze food coloring drop by drop into each one. Try to end up with the
rainbow colors. Here they are, from the outside of a rainbow arch, inward:
Teach your child this mnemonic,
pronounced "neh-MAHN-ik," which is a little ditty to help you memorize
something. Rainbow order can be remembered by the made-up name
Or by this silly sentence:
(Vile means evil and you can
remember that by just rearranging the letters in either word!)
Now have your child draw a rainbow with the markers, putting
the colors in "rainbow order."
small children ask what a rainbow is. So tell them that a rainbow is an arch of
light that shows all the main colors in a particular order. It's caused by tiny
drops of water falling through the air. It is best seen in the sky that is
opposite to the sun at the end of a rainshower.
You will notice that the color red
is on the outside, or top, of the arch. This is because when the sunlight
shines through a raindrop, the sunlight is bent by that drop. When it's bent at
just the right angle, and you are standing between the sun and the water, then
you can see the different colors. The color red is bent the least, and that's
why it ends up on top. The color violet is bent the most, and ends up at the
bottom. The others end up somewhere in the middle.
Now let's make a rainbow! Have your child pick up colored
water with the eyedropper and "paint" a rainbow in "rainbow order."
Then let your child have fun doing art work in any way he or
she would like, mixing colors, and dropping water into other empty containers.