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Rainbow Paper


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Rainbow Paper

In this activity, learners will use clear nail polish and the power of chemistry to create paper with a rainbow sheen. The activity includes a time and age recommendation, a materials list, step-by-step set up instructions, recommendations for things to try and to notice, tips for adults, learning and skills connections, a "what's going on" section, and a note about doing STEAM with kids.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • A container of water
  • Black paper (construction paper, cardstock, etc.)
  • Clear nail polish (any brand, any price)
  • Rag or towel

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Light and Optics

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Boston Children's Museum, ©2021

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