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A Pot of Gold
at the End of the Rainbow

Physics teaches that rainbows are created when the sunlight reflects off of raindrops, breaking up the light into different wavelengths of color. This atmospheric phenomenon is most likely to occur immediately after a rain shower, when the sun is shining again, but condensation still lingers in the air.

The rare and lovely appearance of rainbows makes them incredibly magical for children and adults alike. Perhaps this magic first inspired the notion of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Dating back to Old Europe, the legend of the pot of gold is claimed enthusiastically by the Irish. They'll tell you that fairies put the gold there and then the leprechauns guard it. This folklore has become part of the symbolism of St. Patrick's Day, a holiday that celebrates everything Irish � including the hope and luck it takes to find that elusive pot of gold.

If you don't want to spend (or waste) your time searching for treasure on St. Patrick's Day, you can instead try this fun craft of making a rainbow and pot of gold at home with your kids. You'll need a paper plate, a toilet paper roll, a few cotton balls and some glue, paint and gold glitter.

Cut the toilet paper roll to about 2 inches in height and paint it black.

Cut the paper plate in half and then cut out an arc shape from the ridged edge of the plate. The end of the arc should be narrow enough to fit into the tissue roll. Paint the arc to look like a rainbow.

Once the paint dries, slip the end of the rainbow into the roll and glue in place. Paint the cotton balls gold and sprinkle them liberally with gold glitter. Let them dry and then stuff inside the remaining space of the roll. Glue into place as needed.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Related Articles:
The Story of Saint Patrick's Day
Who was St. Patrick?
The Lucky Leprechaun
Shamrocks and St. Patrick's Day
A Guide to St. Patrick's Day Celebrations and Customs

Add Comment
AyeNyainMoe from Singapore
03:54 09/25/2011
I don't think is true cause rainbow never touched the ground and even if there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow you can't take it!!! :D
mickey o gee from Ireland
01:37 08/12/2011
i caught a leprechaun after eating the magic musharooms,but he escaped think he was on speed,if yeah like storys on ireland i will tell ye all you need to know,love mickey o, gee
18:48 05/15/2011
Cool nice to know
johniqua from New Jersey, US
12:24 03/18/2011
i saw a rainbow on st. patrick's day it was pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nancy from Indiana, US
20:59 03/13/2011
i lik seein rainbows outsideon the ground. so i wouldnt wanna mak a rainbow... but this page helped me on my report bout st patricks day. thanks
maria from United States
13:32 02/28/2011
there is shue thing as rainbow
andy roony from Ohio, US
18:47 10/24/2010
I've found the pot of gold, it was at the end of a rainbow just like the folklore says. and you can reach the end of a rainbow you just gotta be quick.
Dekota11 from Australia
20:03 08/04/2010
YO MOMMA! from Djibouti
15:07 06/14/2010
i beileve this is not true because ive tried to go to the bottom of a rainbow, but it went away before i could. and its impossible cause it never touches the ground. but thats cool too. fill the childrens head with little lies.
09:59 06/09/2010

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