Make Your Own Color Wheel and Color Chart:
A Fun and Educational Activity for Kids

Introduce your kids to basic color wheel theory by helping them to make their own color chart and wheel.

Kids will learn about the effects and results of mixing different colors together to form new shades.

They will be introduced to the relationships of colors on a basic wheel - which they can paint in themselves.

color wheel

There are 3 primary colors - red, blue and yellow. No other combination of colours can create primary colors, however all other shades can be mixed in various combinations to make even more variations.

Preschoolers are usually only interested in mixing primary colors to create secondary ones, and mixing secondary colors to create tertiary shades.

Basic Primary Combinations:

Red + Blue = Purple
Blue + Yellow = Green
Yellow + Red = Orange

Basic Secondary Combinations:

Red + Orange = Red-Orange
Orange + Yellow = Orange-Yellow
Yellow + Green = Yellow-Green
Blue + Green = Blue-Green
Blue + Violet (Purple) = Blue-Violet (Purple)
Red + Violet (Purple) = Red-Violet (Purple)

Black and White

It is interesting to change basic color combinations by simply adding black or white paint to create new colours.

Adding black will make a darker shade.

Adding white will make a lighter shade.

How to Make a Color Wheel and Chart

This is a fun introduction to colors project, and once completed, your child will have a color chart to refer to when painting or when experimenting with combinations. They will also more easily remember which colors they need to make the color they want and how black and white affects shades.

Depending on the age of your child, this project can be completed over several sessions if necessary.

What You Need:

  • Blue, Red, Yellow, Black and White Paint
  • Paint palette or small containers ie. yoghurt tubs
  • A brush for each color or a teaspoon per container if using containers
  • Cardboard / Poster card - A2 size is ideal for the complete project
  • Paper plate
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • The printouts below of your choice:

Downloadable Printouts (Right-Click to Download):

Primary Colors
Secondary colors
Black and White
My Favorite Colour
Color Wheel

color Wheel

What To Do:

Download and print out the sheets you want to start with.

Add the required colors to a palette - or to small containers - and have your child mix the required colors.

They can paint directly onto the sheets of paper, which once dry can be glued to the chart.

To personalize the chart, have your child paint his or her favourite color onto the sheet provided and glue onto the chart.

Experiment with black and white. Once your child has completed the primary and secondary color sheets, they can then make a lighter version by adding white to each final color they mix, and a darker version by adding black to each final color they mix.

Best Paint Medium to Use

Any type of paint can be used for this project, however poster paint and acrylic paint works well.

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