Make a rainbow


Explore the colours in the garden. Make your own artist’s palette of colour by collecting natural materials on a sticky strip on cardboard.

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): Science, Art&DT, Geography, Social Studies

Learning objectives

  • Explore the local area or school garden and collect natural materials
  • Make links between art and the natural environment


Talk about the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees and how to tell the difference between them.

Equipment needed

  • Double sided sticky tape or glue
  • Card cut into strips or artist palette-shape

Step by step

  1. Ask the children to think of all the colours in a rainbow and the colours they like to draw or paint with.
  2. Show them the artist palette and explain how artists place their paints on the palette and mix them.
  3. Ask the children to go around the garden searching for natural colours by collecting tiny pieces of petals, leaves, seeds that they come across on the ground and to stick these pieces onto their artist palette-shaped piece of card or sticky strips.
  4. Some children may like to collect various shades of their favourite colour and arrange them from light to dark.
  5. Come together to look at each other’s garden palettes and see the variety of colours that have been found.

Hints & tips

  • Press and dry some autumn leaves and laminate them into window hangings or bookmarks
  • Use this activity as part of Sensory Sensations class growing topic

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