Fruit Color Wheel

Fruit color wheel lesson plan.


Children will create a fruit (themed) color wheel as a decorative reminder of color-mixing.

What You Need:

  • pencil
  • white paper
  • tempera paint in primary colors (red, yellow, blue)
  • brushes
  • water
  • scissors
  • glue
  • card stock paper/poster board
  • Optional: instead of paint, kids can cut photos of food out of magazines.

What You Do:

  1. 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)
  2. Then they may paint a number of blue dots, which will represent blueberries.
  3. 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.
  4. Do the same for an orange (yellow+red), and a plum or cluster of grapes (blue+red).
  5. Once painted fruits have dried, cut them out.
  6. Cut a circle out of card.
  7. 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.

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