COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry

Children create fun, symmetrical creations as they learn about colour mixing.

 

 

Required Time

60 Minutes

Grade Level

Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten

Subject

Language Arts
Science
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

bleed blend colour colour mixing line primary colours secondary colours

Materials

Crayola Washable Paint Crayola Glitter Glue 3 Eye Droppers Googly Eyes and Other Embellishments Crayola Watercolour and Marker Paper Small Paper Cups scissors

Steps

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step One

Step One

PREPARE – Pour primary colours into paper cups and place an eyedropper into each cup. Have enough paper out for each student.

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Two

Step Two

STUDENT ACTIVITY – Choose 2 primary colours. Put a few drops of each colour onto the paper.

 

 

 

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Three

Step Three

Fold the paper in half. Use your fingers and the palm of your hand to rub around the sheet.

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Four

Step Four

 

Open up the paper. What do you notice? What colour was created when red and yellow mixed together? Set the paper aside to dry.

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Five

Step Five

Choose 2 different primary colours. Put a few drops of each colour onto the paper.

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Six

Step Six

Fold and rub the paper like you did before. What do you think is going to happen when you open the paper?

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Seven

Step Seven

​Open up the paper. What do you notice? What colour was created when red and blue mixed together? Set the paper aside to dry.

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Eight

Step Eight

Choose 2 different primary colours. Put a few drops of each colour onto the paper.

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Nine

Step Nine

Fold and rub the paper like you did before. What do you think is going to happen when you open the paper?

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Ten

Step Ten

Open up the paper. What do you notice? What colour was created when yellow and blue mixed together? Set the paper aside to dry.

 

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

Cut out the shape. What does the shape remind you of? Decorate it with glitter glue and other things.

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Twelve

Step Twelve

​Glue the finished shape to a piece of black construction paper. Give it a title.

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Thirteen

Step Thirteen

Use Construction Paper Crayons to write on the construction paper.

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Fourteen

Step Fourteen

Compare shapes. How are they the same? How are they different? 

COLOUR FRIENDS – Mixing Primary Colours, Symmetry - Step Fifteen

Step Fifteen

What do you notice about the way the shape looks on both sides of the fold line?

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Mix primary colours to create new colours;
  2. Work independently and self-regulate;
  3. Share their ideas with peers;
  4. Create personal responses to the centre materials; and
  5. Explore texture, shapes and patterns.

Extensions

  1. Science Centre – Provide samples of flowers, trees, plants, and grasses. Include a grid for students to sort objects according to colour.
    - Provide colour transparencies or colour paddles for children to explore.
  2. Nature Walk – Go on a nature walk during each season. Discuss how colours change each season. Prepare a class chart outlining what colours were observed during each season. 
  3. Music – Provide a variety of kinds of music at the listening centre. Include a grid for students to sort the music according to colour.
  4. Art – Provide an assortment of art postcards or small art reproductions. Encourage students to match a postcard with one of their colour friends. Ask them to explain how they made their choice.
    - Provide a large selection of colour paint chips for children to sort and explore. Encourage them to make up fancy names for the colours.
  5. Language Arts – Display and make available a variety of colour focused books, for example,
    - A Book About Color: A Clear and Simple Guide for Young Artists, by Mark Gonyea
    - An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers, by Natasha Wing
    - Color Dance, by Ann Jones 

 

 

Prepare

  1. Pour primary colours into small paper cups and place an eyedropper into each cup.
  2. Have enough paper set out for each student.
  3. Display a variety of colour books.
  4. Make sure you have a spot to place the completed paintings to dry.
  5. Download the colour wheel poster available on this Website.
    Colour Wheel

Introduction

  1. During read-aloud time read several books about colour, for example,
    Mouse Paint, by Ellen Strohl Walsh (An entertaining story that teaches children about primary and secondary colours.)
    A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni (A story that uses colour to teach about difference and being the same) 
  2. Discuss the stories with the children sharing personal connections.
  3. Make a chart of children's favourite colours.
  4. Introduce the challenge.

  

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Use your imagination and problem-solving skills to explore ideas in this centre.
  2. Create new colours using primary colours.
  3. Use your imagination to create a person, place or thing out of your symmetrical shapes.

The Process

  1. View the colour wheel and connect it with students' favourite colours. Discuss how the primary colours can make all kinds of other colours when mixed together.
  2. Explain to students that they will be using the primary colours to make new colours and interesting shapes.
  3. Ensure that all materials are readily available.
  4. Guide students through the steps outlined in the lesson plan.
  5. Observe students as they work.
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. As children are working and creating encourage them to share what they have created with the class.
  2. When the children are sharing their art ask probing questions, for example, 
    Look at the different colours of orange created in 3 different artworks.
    - What do you notice about the orange colours in these 3 paintings?  
    - Why do you think they look different?
    - What do you see that makes you think that? 
  3. Display the colour friends in the classroom and encourage students to view and discuss them with their peers.

 

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work  – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.

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