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

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Supplies:

  • 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.

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Steps:

  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.

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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.

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