Children will create a fruit (themed) color wheel as a decorative reminder of color-mixing.
What You Need:
- white paper
- tempera paint in primary colors (red, yellow, blue)
- card stock paper/poster board
- Optional: instead of paint, kids can cut photos of food out of magazines.
What You Do:
- Begin by asking children to draw a banana and an apple, which they will paint yellow and red respectively. (For younger children: pre draw fruit shapes that they may paint in)
- Then they may paint a number of blue dots, which will represent blueberries.
- Ask children to draw a lime, then ask what color it should be. Instruct them in mixing green from yellow and blue, so they may paint the lime green.
- Do the same for an orange (yellow+red), and a plum or cluster of grapes (blue+red).
- Once painted fruits have dried, cut them out.
- Cut a circle out of card.
- Beginning with primary colors, glue “fruit” around the plate according to their color to create a color wheel.
Optional: Instead of painting the fruit, children could find pictures of fruit in old magazines.
Note: when pasting “fruit” onto the “plate”, make a game of it. Ask the kids where each color should go to see if they remember how each color was a achieved. Tell children to keep their fruit plate handy wherever they make art, as a reminder of color mixing.
This project had wonderful results. Bright and beautiful pieces were created even by very little ones.