Rainbow Science: Discover How Rainbows Are Made, with 23 Fun Experiments & Colorful Activities!

Rainbow Science: Discover How Rainbows Are Made, with 23 Fun Experiments & Colorful Activities!
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March 19, 2024
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This colorful book explores the fascinating science of rainbows and includes a pair of fun prism glasses so kids can see rainbows right before their eyes!
I spy a rainbow! But where do rainbows come from? How are they made? Rainbow Science celebrates everything rainbow, from the science of sunlight to the prism in raindrops to how our eyes see all the colors that make up a rainbow, in this colorful activity book. Kids can be a rainbow scientist and learn how to search for rainbows, make their own rainbows with a hose, spin homemade color wheels, blow multicolored bubbles, make a kaleidoscope, and more. Simple materials lists and straightforward, age-appropriate experiment steps are accompanied by scientific explanations for each activity. Engaging illustrations give easy-to-understand explanations about rainbow science and the math and physics of light refraction. Tucked into the pocket on the inside front cover is a fun pair of wearable glasses so kids can see rainbows right before their eyes. This book is a celebration of rainbows for kids who love science experiments, weather, and hands-on activities!

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Nonfiction science activity books have come a long way from when I was young and tried to talk my mother into letting me salt a string on top of an ice cube so it would melt and stick to the ice! Brimming with suitable rainbow colors and lots of activities, Rainbow Science offers a lot of good explanations and activities that support them.

From the basics of how rainbows are made, the book continues with explanations of when rainbows are most common (in the early morning or close to sunset; I didn't know that, but it definitely makes sense!). There are instructions for how to make one's own rainbows with a hose, water in a plastic bag, and by shining a flashlight through a glass of water. There's a good description of a spectrum, with a color spinner activity, and a color quest that involves gathering objects through out the home to create a rainbow.

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The activities all use simple household items, and the most involved one is a variation on the baking soda and vinegar volcano with the addition of food coloring. Even the directions for constructing a kaleidescope are very easy and only call for a cardboard cereal box and the shiny inside of a chip bag, cardboard. This is very important if you have the kind of child who, like me, is only happy if she can methodically work through every single activity in the book.

The illustrations are simple and colorful. The age range on this one says 6-10, but children would need a lot of help with the activities at those ages. Middle school students would have a better chance of completely these activities, and of grasping the science concepts, independently.

This would make an excellent gift for a budding scientist, especially if you made sure to include some of the supplies needed for the activities. Encourage further science experimentation with books like Home Activity Lab: Exciting Experiments for Budding Scientists (DK Activity Lab) by Winston, Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail by Editors of Storey Publishing, Slime!: Do-It-Yourself Projects to Make at Home by Haas and Haas, and Hands-On Science: Motion by Schaefer and Santiago.
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