2) Colours of the Rainbow

What you need

  • Water beads
  • Tweezer
  • Countdown Timer*
  • Large container*
  • Spoon (optional)*
  • Cups**
*Not provided
**Items can be found in the colour mixing challenge

Step by step (Expand the water beads)

1. Fill a large container with water.

2. Pour the water beads into the water and let it soak for about 4 to 6 hours.

3. Watch as the tiny water beads grow into the size of marbles!

4. Once the water beads have expanded, you are ready to play!



Suggested Play (For 2 to 4 players)

1. Spread the water beads on the table or tray.

2. Player 1 shouts out a colour and starts the countdown timer at 1 minute. Player 2 (or the rest of the players if more than 2 are playing) has to pick up as many water beads in that colour with the tweezer (or spoon for younger children) as possible and place them in a cup before the 1 minute runs out. 

3. Take turns to pick and call out the colour.

4. Count the number of water beads in the cups. The player with the most water beads wins!


    For the little ones
    Sing a song while trying to find the correct coloured bead with your loved ones (Tune: Here we go round the mulberry bush)
    Can you find the colour blue*,
    the colour blue, the colour blue?
    If you find the colour blue,
    then pick it up with a tweezer!
    *Repeat, naming a different colour each time.



    What you need

    • Food colouring (red, blue and yellow)
    • 7 measuring cups.
    • Stirrer
    • Water*

    *Not provided

    Step by step

    1. Fill 3 measuring cups with 100ml of water.

    2. Add 7 drops of red, blue and yellow colouring into the 3 cups of water (1 colour per cup) and stir evenly.

    3. Fill the rest of the 4 measuring cups with 50ml of water.

    4. Challenge: Recreate the rest of the 7 colours of the rainbow by mixing around the red, blue and yellow water with the other 4 cups of water. Arrange the 7 colours according to the order of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).