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Rainbow Children

To look at how diversity is better than uniformity (SEAL theme 5).

by Ronni Lamont

Suitable for Key Stage 1


To look at how diversity is better than uniformity (SEAL theme 5).

Preparation and materials

  • You need seven large sheets of paper, each painted with a different colour of the rainbow.

  • Download the song ‘I Can Sing a Rainbow’ (very old single by Cilla Black).


  1. Ask some children to come out and hold the sheets of paper, standing in a random pattern.

    If you can, ask the rest of the children, class by class, to come and stand in lines in front of their favourite colour. They should choose just one.

    Or, ask the children to vote for their favourite colour by putting up their hands.
  2. Are any of the children wearing their favourite colour today? Comment on the favourites, then ask the children (apart from those holding the colours) to go back to their seats.

    Ask them for examples of clothes or bags or other things that they have that reflect their favourite colour.
  3. Now ask the children why you have picked the colours that they see – because they form the colours of the rainbow. Arrange the children so that their colours are in rainbow order.
  4. What would happen if we didn’t have one of the colours, if it didn’t exist?

    Does anyone know what colour you get if you mix all these colours up? (A dark blackish-brown.)

    If these colours were light, what do you get then? (They make up white light, which for us is invisible – the light that we live in.)
  5. In the Bible, we read that God made the light, and he also made the lights that we need to see by: the sun and the moon and the stars. The light from the sun and the moon is a mixture of all the colours that we see. You might like to give the children time to think about that, as it’s not obvious.
  6. God made the light to contain all these different colours, and we’d miss any of the parts that weren’t here. He made each one of us different too. Boys and girls, short and tall, medium and not so medium, blue eyes, green eyes, brown eyes, God made each one of us, and every one of us is different.

    Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same?

Time for reflection


Play the Cilla Black song.

Let’s think about what we’re all like:
Tall, not so tall,
Good at sport, not so good at sport,
Friendly, shy,
Chatty, quiet.
Thank you, God, that I am who I am.


‘There are hundreds of sparrows’ (Come and Praise, 15)

Publication date: June 2009   (Vol.11 No.6)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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