Thursday, December 30

Facts about Rainbows

Rainbow Facts

We are on the letter Rr of the gratitude alphabet. 

R is for rainbow!  What are you thankful for that begins with the letter R?

Rainbows are awesome! Let's learn about rainbows. A rainbow is a multicolored arc that appears (forms) up in the sky. Did you know that there are 12 types of rainbows? That is a lot of different kinds of rainbows. Rainbows are formed by water and light. The drops of rain act like tiny prisms when the sunlight passes through the raindrops. 

There are seven colors in a rainbow. The colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. You can remember the colors of the rainbow by the acronym Roy. G. Biv.

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Indigo
  • Violet


What is your favorite color of the rainbow?


Facts about rainbows:

1. Here is a list of the twelve (12) types of rainbows in alphabetical order:

  • Circumhorizontal arcs
  • Double rainbows
  • Fogbow
  • Full-circle rainbow
  • Higher-order rainbows
  • Monochrome rainbow
  • Moonbow
  • Reflected rainbow
  • Reflection rainbow
  • Sleetbow
  • Supernumerary rainbows
  • Twinned rainbow

2. Did you know that all rainbows are full circles but look like arcs when viewed from the ground? No two people can see the rainbow precisely the same. That is because we can’t stand in the same spot at the same exact time, so we know the rainbow differently.

3. A quadruple rainbow is the rarest kind of rainbow. There have only been about five (5) documented sightings of a quadruple rainbow since the 1700’s.

4. You can see more rainbows in tropical areas with waterfalls nearby.

5. Earth is the only planet in our solar system where rainbows are possible. That is because Earth is the only planet known to have water.

6. Rainbows symbolize peace and harmony and God’s promise that the world will not be destroyed by a flood again. They are also a sign of a covenant between God and the earth.


Can you share a fact about rainbows with us?

Join my YouTube channel as I sing about rainbows and make a rainbow craft. Here is a link to the video: 

Rainbow song and craft YouTube video


Get your free rainbow printable coloring worksheet here: 

R is for Rainbow


Books about rainbows:

1. Light Makes a Rainbow by Sharon Coan

2. All About Rainbows by A'Rhonda Hickerson

3. Raindrops to Rainbow by John Micklos Jr.

4. Rainbow Colors by words&pictures

Parents/caretakers, be sure all books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.



Thank you for reading my post!

Rainbows are colorful and unique.

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