This activity gives kids the chance to explore shapes, color, and collage on an unexpected reflective material.
This is what you’ll need:
- Cardboard (rescue some from the recycling bin)
- Aluminum foil
- Permanent marker
- Yellow construction paper
- Pipe cleaners in every color of the rainbow
- Blue shredded paper-to make your own, accordion-fold blue construction paper with each fold approximately 1/8” to 1/4” apart, then cut into fine slices using scissors.
Step 1 – Cover the cardboard with the aluminum foil
Older kids can do this step themselves, but you may wish to do this ahead of time for the younger kiddos. Cut a piece of aluminum foil slightly larger than the cardboard. Lay the cardboard on top of the foil and wrap the edges of the foil around the cardboard. Tape the edges to the back.
Connect: Talk about reflections. Can your child see his or her face in the foil? Are colors and light reflected? Discuss how the aluminum foil is shiny, and compare it to paper, which is not.
Step 2 – Draw a circle on the paper with permanent marker
Older kids can draw a circle themselves. Younger kids may be able to trace a circular object, like a glass or the lid of a jar.
Connect: Discuss the shape of the sun. Is it a circle? Go outside to look for it if you can (explain to kids that they should never look directly at the sun for very long, however). Find other things in nature that are circles.
Step 3 – Create the sun and rain
Have your child cut or tear yellow paper into small pieces. Help your child squeeze glue inside the circle on the aluminum foil background and paste the paper pieces to it. Have your child continue to add glue to the background and glue strips of blue shredded paper to represent the rain.
Connect: Encourage your child to keep the glue inside the circle. This is a good way to help introduce your child to prepositions like “inside” and “outside.”
Step 4 – Make a rainbow
Explain that when it rains while the sun is out, you may see a rainbow. Cut pipe cleaners into smaller pieces and show your child how to shape them into arcs. Glue them to the background to make a rainbow.
Connect: Help your child shape the pipe cleaners by bending them around a circular object, like a jar or a cup. Talk about the shape of an arc. Compare it to the shape of a circle (both are curved, but an arc is not enclosed like a circle).
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