Look Mummy, I made a rainbow!

Penguin and Little Missy were busy having lots of fun watering the plants at Granny and Gramps’ house and playing with the sprinkler.

A little Later Little Missy was watering the grass and she calls out “Look Mummy, I’ve made a Rainbow.” And indeed she had made a rainbow; and it was beautiful.


It reminded me of and experiment we had bookmarked in a library book nearly a year ago. Sadly we never did the experiment and the book (having been renewed a few times) finally went back to the library. The book, Backyard Science by Chris Maynard explained how to make a rainbow and the science behind what happened when a rainbow is made.

To make a rainbow you basically need just two things, a lovely sunny day and a water sprinkler. Stand with your back to the sun and hold the sprinkler up in front of you. A rainbow will appear. How wonderful!

Sunlight is made up of different colours that we don’t normally see. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. Usually we just see sunlight as white light. Sunlight hits the waterdrops and the different colours seperate and we can see them in the form of a rainbow.

Have fun making rainbows 🙂


Making Storm Bangles


Penguin absolutely loves the weather. His stories are made up of lightening and tornadoes! So, inspired by the beautiful handmade bracelets in Michelle Powell’s book Paper Craft book, we set out to create some storm bangles. I thought Penguin would love to wear them while he acted out his stories. I feel it’s great to encourage imaginative play. So let’s see what happened!

I first made cardboard tubes from old cereal packets (toilet rolls would have been a bit too small for little wrists!)


Then with some help from Little Missy we covered round them in strips of newspaper using wall paper paste. We wanted them to be really strong so they could cope with lots of play.

I painted the background colour in a rich blue using acrylic paint and then got to work on the main design.


I realistically could fit three different types of weather on each bangle. So as Penguin has two arms, here’s what I came up with.

Tornado, Sunshine, Rainbow, Snow, Rain and Lightening. 

I was super pleased with the result and excited watching Penguins imagination come to life!

Where does your little ones imagination take you? Out into space? Hunting for Dragons? To the next Rabbit Party?


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