Today, I’m sharing a basic color wheel project that I have done many times with kids. When I make art with young kids, I use the color wheel as a topic for discovery.
After, introducing children to the Color Wheel, I like to host a “color hunt” in the center of the room. I allow them to fill color coded egg cartons, using a collection of “found” kid-friendly objects. I love how the collage of colorful objects looks on black illustration board too. Every time, I do this lesson some of the materials I use changes…some objects such as buttons and puzzle pieces that can be recycled and found around the house. One thing, that I have used every single time was colored pasta and colored drinking straws cut small. First, I ask young artists to search for the primary colors during the color hunt. Next, I asked them to search for secondary colors and sort in the carton. I made my cartons out of Mochi containers, which required eating Mochi:) Then, I painted them with acrylic paint so it would stick. Tempera or poster paint on an egg carton would work too!
Here are some of the materials I use for this project below:
- Foam shapes
- Colored pasta
- Craft glue, these mini sized bottles are great for small hands, although they are used up fast, if they clog or dry out, I feel less wasteful b/c they typically last just a few projects.
- Pom-poms, something soft or metallic looks good.
- Black card stock or thicker
There are so many household materials that are good for collage. You can get creative and use anything in a primary or secondary color that you want to repurpose.
Here are a few of the artworks below.
If any of you do try out this project with kids. I would love to hear about it. How did it go? Did your kids enjoy it? any variations that you tried and any final product pics? Please share!