Color Theory & Play Dough

Last year I had Kindergartners & 1st graders explore color creation with paint, this year I decided to try something new. Using a recipe for Homemade Playdough I made A LOT of dough and colored it using liquid watercolors. Today, students got a chance to sculpt and experiment with the secondary colors (green, orange and purple) that they created. It was impossible not to get swept up in their color mixing excitement. Most students also learned how to create BROWN by mixing it all together at the end.

Here’s what we did…

  1. We discussed primary colors and their importance (you cannot mix two colors to create them). Students took turns locating primary colors around the room, on their clothing and they even pointed out a few primary color paint stains on the floor.
  2. Secondary colors were introduced, they are “second” because FIRST you need the primary colors to create them. We hypothesized which two primary colors would create secondary colors (green, orange, purple).
  3. Together we looked at a color wheel then each student received a blank color wheel.
  4. Each student made 3 red balls, 3 blue balls, and 3 yellow balls of clay and placed them on the color wheel.
  5. Students were asked to grab one red and one blue ball and mix them together, followed by one red and one yellow and finally one blue and one yellow.
  6. Once we created all the colors students were free to continue experimenting, sculpt or stack.

Questions to ask your child:

  1. How did you create all those colors? (Answer: By mixing small balls of primary colors)
  2. What was your favorite part of this project?

 

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