This activity is a creative way to demonstrate that secondary colors are made from primary colors! Children will not only begin to understand the science behind colors and color mixing, but they'll gain valuable creative skills as well.

set up ideas:
Color is the name of the game with this activity, so create an environment full of color! A color wheel is great to have on hand to easily point our primary, secondary and even tertiary colors.

let's get started

This creative activity gives big results with only a few materials needed! Simply gather tempera paint in primary colors, brushes and sheets of paper large enough to fold in half.

step 1
Place a dab of a primary color of paint on one side of a sheet of paper. Then, place another primary color on the other side of the fold.
step 2
Carefully fold the paper in half again at the crease created earlier. Press down so that the different colors of paint on each side will mix.
step 3
Discuss what happened when the two different primary colors mixed with one another.
step 4
Repeat the above steps with a different combination of primary colors. Again, observe and discuss what happens when the colors mix.

When two primary colors (red, yellow and blue) mix, they form secondary colors (orange, green and violet). When a secondary color is combined with a primary color (e.g., green mixed with blue), a tertiary color is formed (e.g., cyan). What would happen when mixing a color with white or black?
Tips and Tricks Tips and Tricks
Once the children have formed secondary colors, show them where each of the colors fit on a color wheel. This can be a very helpful reference.
Follow Up ActivityFollow up Activity
Continue to experiment with color by mixing secondary colors with primary colors to create tertiary colors. Also, try mixing a color with a little white or black and discover what happens.