Color Wheel Craft
Paint a color wheel and learn about primary and secondary colors and how colors relate to one another.
- Plate, for tracing
Step 1. Gather your supplies.
Let’s prepare the color wheel. Trace a plate on construction paper to create a large circle shape.
Using a ruler, draw three lines as shown through the center of the circle to create 6 different pie shaped sections.
Let’s paint the primary colors on our color wheel. Squirt a little bit of red paint into the first palette tray. Paint the top most piece of pie on your color wheel red. If desired, paint two coats for a darker effect.
Squirt a little bit of yellow paint into the third palette tray. Paint the third most piece of pie on your color wheel yellow.
Squirt a little bit of blue paint into the fifth palette tray. Paint the fifth most piece of pie on your color wheel blue.
Now, let’s paint our secondary colors. Secondary colors are made by mixing two primary colors together. In the second palette tray, mix a small amount of red paint with an equal amount of yellow. This makes the color orange.
Paint the second piece of pie on your color wheel orange. On a color wheel, this shows that the color orange is made of the two colors next to it, red and yellow.
In the fourth palette tray, mix a small amount of yellow paint with an equal amount of blue. This makes the color green. Paint the fourth piece of pie on your color wheel green.
In the sixth palette tray, mix a small amount of blue paint with an equal amount of red. This makes the color purple.
Paint the sixth piece of pie on your color wheel purple.
Once dry, cut out your color wheel along circle shape.
**For an advance lesson, teach children that the colors opposite one another on the color wheel are called complementary colors, such as blue and orange, red and green, or purple and yellow.