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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Dotted Color Wheel

This exercise is an educational way to learn about the color wheel. Further, kids will learn that there are many different shades of each color - thus, no 2 colors are exactly the same even though we classify them as "red" or "blue."

- scrap paper (magazines, wrapping paper, junk mail, empty packaging, coupons, etc)
- stiff cardboard or cardstock (letter size)
- hole punch
- ruler
- glue or glue stick
- black pen/pencil

1) Use a large plastic lid to trace a large circle (using black pen) on your piece of card-stock.

2) Use a ruler and black pen to divide your circle into 6 uniform pie pieces (as shown in attached color wheel).

3) Label each section by color (this will get covered up by paper, just use as a guide). Set drawn out wheel aside.

4) Search through scrap papers (magazines, wrapping paper, junk mail, empty packaging, coupons, etc) to find samplings of the 6 colors on wheel (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). NOTE: you want many different shades of each color... the blue in blueberries is not the same as blue sky.

5) As you find samples of each color, hole punch out the swatches and glue onto the appropriate section on color wheel. Continue to "file" each color sample into the appropriate section on wheel until each color section is completely filled by dots.

6) When dry, label each color section around outer edge as "Reds" or "Blues" ... this shows that there are many variances within each color.


Anonymous said...

This one did take a bit longer... the pieces are really small, so that might be an issue with little ones. Also, my four year old could only punch out a small handful of dots at a time, because it was tough for her to do because it takes some strength that little ones just don't have yet. Working with the small pieces requires great small motor skills that some little ones just don't have. Serena (my little one) could do this with no problem, but I could see other youngsters struggling with the little pieces. So, this project was done by four of my kids - ages 4, 7, 9, and 14. Actually my oldest daughter sort of took the lead on this one, as she really liked the affect and her mind soared with other possibilities for the left over dots. Serena, my four year old, really did want to help out, too, so we let her be involved at her level. My seven and nine year old kids enjoyed doing this and also were in awe at the result. Overall, we had fun with this project and we love how it turned out.

Shauna said...

Wow, so pretty! I love how the color wheel turns out visually. I am excited to explore your blog some more. I am a new follower.