Color Wheel Activity

I found this great idea from Mama Jenn and knowing how much my kiddos love to play with the little water droppers, knew we had to do it!



  • Visit Mama Jenn’s blog and download the color mixing wheel.
  • Cardstock and lamination
  • Red, Yellow, Blue Food Coloring
  • Egg cartons for mixing colored water.
  • Toothpicks or other stirring object
  • Water droppers(you could use Tylenol droppers)
  • Paper Towels


  • Put some of each color food coloring into separate egg carton sections.
  • Dilute food coloring with water, keeping colors separate. Also give them clean water to rinse out dropper between colors.
  • Using dropper, have students place 1 drop of each color on the colored dots of the color mixing wheel. Obviously, making sure the colors they’re putting on match the ones on the template.
  • Note: Be sure to clean the dropper in a cup of water each time you switch colors. We didn’t and the colors were okay, but there were some yellows that were a tad greenish…

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  • Once all drops are on template, use a toothpick to stir the colors together within each circle.
  • Carefully place paper towel onto the color wheel and allow it to soak up the colors!
  • Yipee, you made your very own color wheel!
  • Remind students what Primary and Secondary colors are, then discuss what colors were mixed to create the secondary colors.

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Afterwards let them experiment, and in the words of my 5 year old “Mom, I just want to let loose with this now, and do whatever, just go crazy”.


  • Holly A. March 11, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Hey, I just noticed that on her blog too. We did that same activity this week and it was a big hit!Thanks for sharing all of your fun ideas.

  • LivingByDailyGrace March 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Great idea!! I did a color lapbook several years ago when my older kids were little. I have been meaning to pull everything back out and do it with my new preschoolers. This will go great!!! Thanks.

  • Heidi @ Mom's Crafty Space March 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I haven't checked out the printed size of the color wheel yet to see if it would actually work, but I was just thinking that a coffee filter would also absorb those color droplets really well…and might look more like "savable" art than just a paper towel 🙂

  • theelfqueen March 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    That's fab! My Preschooler would love that!

  • Wendi March 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    What a great art idea, we will have to try it. Thanks for the new website address. It was fun to check out her great ideas.

  • Cassie and Jase March 14, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Awesome idea! By the way, thanks so much for the wonderful postcard! We were so excited to receive it. You guys are great for participating in the swap with us!

  • Taylor's Mark Academy March 14, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I re-created a set of Color Wheels to use based on the original activities over at Itty Bitty Love. If any of you would like to download them, visit the Taylor's Mark blog. Thanks for the great activity idea!

  • Michelle March 14, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Very cool! I have a color wheel mixing activity coming up, so I am starring this one! =)


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