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Make like Isaac Newton

It’s great to think that the scientist Isaac Newton made all his ground-breaking discoveries at a time (1642 – 1727) when there were no hi-tech tools.  Just shows that you don’t need fancy gear to have great ideas.  He worked out that light is made of different colours – as in a rainbow.  How? By shining daylight through a hole in the door and onto his prism.  Your kids can split light up too!  Here’s how:

1.  Put some water in a shallow dish.
2.  Prop up a small mirror in the water at an angle.
3.  Place the dish near a window and position the mirror so that sunlight hits it.

The light passes through the water and bounces off the mirror, making a faint rainbow appear on the wall.

And while they’re at it, why not learn the colours of the rainbow?  Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain = Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

I like this science experiment website for kids.

Follow this up with a quick watch of our ten-minute film about Isaac Newton for ages 6 – 100.  Factually accurate, funny and informative – a clever way to spend the afternoon!

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