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Under 7, 7 to 12
Approximate Cost: 
Under $10
Duration: 
1 to 60 minutes
Date submitted: 
10/09/2012
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Physical Challenge: 
Create a Rainbow
Make a rainbow and learn how light is made up of different colors.
Materials
  • A handheld mirror
  • A shallow pan
  • A sunny day
Steps
Step 1

Fill the pan with water and put it on a table next to a window.

Step 2

Put the mirror on one side of the pan so that you can see the water reflected in the mirror.

Step 3

  • Now tilt the mirror so that it catches a bit of sunlight and reflects it back onto the wall next to the window.
  • Continue tilting the mirror at different angles and moving the pan around until the sunlight on the wall splits into a beautiful rainbow.
Step 4

Explain to your child that water splits sunlight into its seven different colors. The mirror reflects these colors on the wall in the form of a rainbow.

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