Imagine sunlight hitting water droplets and bursting into a spectacular spectrum of colours. Until last week, the children from Natebe Kids Club in Livingstone thought that rainbows were magical things, so they were fascinated to find out what causes them and how they are formed.
The students learned that rainbows are created by not only rain, but also by mist, spray and airborne dew. The Victoria Falls in Zambia was used as a perfect example. Rainbows are a near permanent feature at the Falls, which most of the children have visited for themselves. After listening to a song about rainbows, community volunteers drew a rainbow colour wheel for the children to use to create their own rainbow drawing. This also helped the children to learn about colours, as they were taught to associate each one with a corresponding image, for example: blue = sky, yellow = sun and white =clouds.
After the lesson, the children had time to go outside to play, where unfortunately they didn’t see a rainbow – this time!