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Musical Rainbow Effect

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

Use the colours of the rainbow to express yourself through music!

What you’ll need: Your voice, and a free space that is not cluttered

What’s it for?

This activity helps you to express yourself using vocal sounds and to understand what might prompt a ‘musical high’ or a ‘musical low’ using imagery and music.

Check In:

Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.

  • How are you feeling?

  • What are you thinking?

  • How does your body feel?


  • Better to stand up to begin, take 3 deep breaths and close your eyes

  • Introduce the activity by singing ‘I can sing a Rainbow’

  • Imagine the colours of a rainbow and say each colour at a time

  • Begin with RED - continue to close your eyes and using your voice start to sing a long note with the energy of RED

  • Imagine a red image - think of things that are RED and what feelings you associate with this colour?

  • Repeat the same pattern for all the colours of the rainbow ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO, VIOLET

  • Finish the activity with 3 more deep breaths and create a big arch with your arms to represent the completion of your rainbow effect

Extra activity:

  • Discuss with a parent or sibling where you feel a ‘musical high’ or ‘musical low’ in your body? Does the ‘high’ make you feel energetic and does the ‘low’ make you feel tired?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How does it feel to sing a familiar song? Does it help to feel more comfortable?

  • Did you have a favourite colour of the rainbow?

  • Do you know why this particular colour was your favourite?

  • Did your vocal sounds change depending on the colour you were singing?

  • Can you remember which colour made you want to sing a loud sound?

  • Can you remember which colour made you want to sing a quiet sound?


Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?

If you would like to, share something about your experience with this activity with someone you live with! Ask the person who looks after you to send us an email if you have any questions or comments about the activity, or would like to send us any pictures ( Don't forget to subscribe for more fun CAT activities!

Created by Sarah Kong © March 2020


Creative Art: Music and Dance

Psychological Area: Emotional Wellbeing and Self-Exploration

These activities could be done by children of all ages, but some may need the support of their parent or carer to read the instructions or complete the activity safely.

This website was made by CAT Corner to help you explore your feelings through fun creative arts activities. The people using the website and the people responsible for them need to make sure they stay safe (full disclaimer on About page).

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