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Time to bring back the A in STEAM!  Let’s make rainbow paper.  I cannot believe how ridiculously easy this is.



  • clear nail polish
  • bowl
  • water
  • black construction paper

This fun little activity is a great intro to prisms and refraction.  It also make really nifty paper that can be used in other projects.  It’s also very quick and easy, so jump right in.  I wish I had snagged some pictures of the process, but I got sucked into doing this activity along with Megan, and didn’t have a free hand for the camera.



  1. Cut some black construction paper into small squares or strips
  2. Fill a bowl about half full of water
  3. Dribble a few drops of clear nail polish into the water
  4. Quickly swipe a piece of construction paper through the water
  5. It should pick up a film of the nail polish – be sure to do it within a few seconds of adding the nail polish to the water, it dries fast!
  6. Place the paper on a towel or large sheet of paper to dry, and repeat as many times as you want.

In just a few minutes, you should see some amazing prismatic rainbows appear on the paper.


We were too impatient to let them dry, so we took them out in the sun to check out all the amazing colors.  I can’t wait to see them when they are dry.