Check in each week at Science Buddies this summer for our Awesome Summer Science Experiments series! Each week, we’ll highlight a few activities for awesome science and engineering kids can do at home. We’ve got a whole summer of fun STEM themes lined up for kids of all ages — for free. This week: awesome summer science experiments with colorful rainbow flair.
Awesome Radiant Rainbow Science
The activities in Week 7 of our Awesome Summer Science Experiments series feature colorful explorations with vivid, rainbow flair.
EXPERIMENT: Radiant Rainbow Science
How many colors are there in a rainbow and how is a rainbow created? With this hands-on make a rainbow activity, kids can create rainbows and learn why we see the colors we see. Using a glass container of water, the sun, and sheets of white and colored papers, kids learn about white light and how refraction and reflection create the colors we see in a rainbow (or when using a prism). How many colors will you see in the rainbows you create?
Use these questions to prompt conversation and reflection about the science behind this week’s Awesome Summer Science Experiments activities:
- How is a rainbow created in the sky?
- What happens to light to make a rainbow?
- In the experiments this week, what kinds of science concepts explain the colorful patterns you created?
EXPLORE: STEM Careers
After trying this week’s summer science experiments, kids can learn more about related science and engineering careers, like:
Pair picture and story books like these with this week’s Awesome Summer Science Experiments explorations.
Bookmark Awesome Summer Science Experiments Week 7:
For more suggestions for science-themed summer reading, see our Summer Reading List. Also, don’t miss this roundup of creative STEM activities for storytelling and imaginative play.
10 Weeks of Awesome Summer Science Experiments
Follow the full summer series on the Awesome Summer Science Experiments page!