Somewhere over the rainbow

There are many “firsts” in a child’s life, and while each one is precious and hard to forget, I know I’ll always remember the first time my eldest saw a rainbow! We had been reading about rainbows in a little book called “What Makes a Rainbow”, by Betty Schwartz and Dona Turner, and she couldn’t get enough of the big pop-up rainbow on the last page. But it wasn’t until she saw a real one that the book quite literally came to life. 


It was on a Saturday morning and she was having a (very rare) sleep in. When my husband and I saw it out the window, we quickly woke up the little log to show her. The look of awe and wonder in those wide eyes and her beaming smile made it a pretty special “first”. We haven’t seen many rainbows since but they are still often talked about and, today, we thought we’d make one!


What we used:

  • Paper plate
  • Coloured paper (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple), cut roughly into little shapes (we used left-over gift wrapping paper for some colours)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Cotton wool balls (optional)



  1. Cut the paper plate into half.
  2. Draw lines in each colour of the rainbow to indicate where to place each set of coloured paper tiles – older kids may not need this.
  3. Glue the coloured paper tiles along the matching coloured lines.
  4. Cut out the middle semi-circle of the paper plate.
  5. Cut out two cloud shapes from white card paper (or use the remaining half of the paper plate).
  6. Sticky-tape the clouds onto each rainbow end and glue on cotton wool balls for a fluffy cloud effect (we didn’t do this, as we had run out).


“Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” – Yip Harburg

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