Make a colour wheel with your child - they will love the 'magic' effect of mixing colours, and also learn colour theory along the way.
What you need:
- Paint in primary colours (red, yellow, blue)
- White paper
First, draw a circle and separate into 6 'pie slices'. Explain to your painter that they will be painting each slice a different colour. I wrote the primary colours in three different slices (make sure you skip a slice in between) so my painter could practice recognizing the words as well as painting.
We started off painting the primary colours...
And I had intended him to paint the three primary colours first, but he was too excited to see what happened when we mixed the paints!
Have your child predict what colour they think they will make when they mix the paint - and then they can see for themselves if they're right!
When you've completed your colour wheel, you can go back and talk about which colours mixed together to make the secondary colours - and it looks pretty nice too!
If you want another way to make a colour wheel, try plasticine. It's a great medium that mixes colours just like paint, and using a paper plate and primary colours, you can make a colour wheel - it's self-sticks onto the plate.