Color Mixing

  • colored plastic wrap (blue, red, yellow)
  • drawing paper (large)
  • finger paints (blue, red, yellow)
  • sandwich bags (resealable)
  • plastic spoons
  • blend
  • color
  • darkest
  • lightest
  • paint
  • shade

MA Standards:

Language/L.PK.MA.5.a: Demonstrate understanding of concepts by sorting common objects into categories (e.g., sort objects by color, shape, or texture).

Head Start Outcomes:

Science Knowledge/Scientific Skills and Method: Observes and discusses common properties, differences, and comparisons among objects.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

Mathematics/Patterns and Relations 7: Explore and describe a wide variety of concrete objects by their attributes.

Color Mixing

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Skill Focus: Color Recognition, Math (Ordering), Sorting, Vocabulary

Choose from the ideas below to explore more color mixing.

  • Give children colored plastic wrap and have them overlap the colors to blend the colors, make new colors, and create a color collage.
  • Let children mix primary-color finger paints in sandwich bags to create new colors. Put spoonfuls of each color in the bag, seal it, and let children slowly blend it together. Challenge them to create a number of shades of the same color and then line the bags up from lightest to darkest.
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