Are you looking for a fun way to teach the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors? Want a fun, hands-on color mixing activity? Are you teaching about the color wheel? If you answered yes to any of these questions, perhaps you would be interested in this printable color wheel activity!
- food coloring (red, yellow, and blue)
- paper towels
- a dropper (we used an old medicine dropper)
- a cup for water
- 3 containers/cups for the food coloring
Once all of your supplies are ready, dilute the food coloring a bit. Use the dropper to place a drop of each color onto the corresponding dot on the paper (For example, drop one yellow on each yellow dot; drop one blue on each blue dot… and so forth) until all of the dots are covered with the appropriate color. Be sure to clean the dropper in a cup of water each time you switch colors.
Next, use the toothpicks to mix the colors in each circle. We found that it works best if you turn the toothpick a bit on its side rather than trying to mix while holding the toothpick straight up. Use a different toothpick for each circle.
Once all the circles of color are mixed together, place a paper towel over the paper.
Finally, lift up your color wheel and discuss how each color was made!
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