Color Mixing with Paint

By: Ms. Veronica, Primary 3

Help your child make their very own color wheel with just the three primary colors

Goals:

  • Learn color names and vocabulary: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. 
  • Make secondary colors from primary colors and tertiary colors by blending primary and secondary colors. 

Materials:

  • Paper or recycled cardboard
  • Yellow, blue and red paint
  • Paint pallet or plate
  • Cups (optional)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil

 

Steps

  • Set recycled paper out on your painting surface.
  • Pour yellow, blue and red paint on a pallet, plate or in cups.
  • Draw or have your child trace one triangle and another upside down triangle to make a “star.”
  • Have your child add primary colors (yellow, blue and red) to the three points of the triangles. Define “primary.”
  • Have your child mix secondary colors on your pallet/plate and add to the three points of the other triangle. Define “secondary.”
  • Have your child mix tertiary colors on your paint pallet/plate and add to the spaces between the primary and secondary colors. Define “tertiary.”
  • Chat about the color names and new words they learned today. 
  • Have them help you clean it up!

 

Comments: 

Feel free to make this your own with different shapes besides triangles and sky’s the limit with how to use the colors creatively!

 

Add challenges:

  • Paint a picture with all the new colors. 
  • Make another set of colors mixing tertiary with other colors.