Mixing colors with paint. Learn about primary colors and complimentary colors with an easy color mixing art activity that includes a bit of science, art and problem solving.  Even includes a free downloadable color mixing chart for you to use. Fun and totally do-able art activities are perfect for busy kiddos at home or in the classroom.

MIXING COLORS FOR KIDS

COLOR MIXING

Have you ever noticed that kids love mixing colors? It is so much fun to see what colors you can create by playing with different colors.  Introduce your kids to basic color theory, with these fun color mixing activities below.  Complete your own color mixing chart with our free printable.  Then paint a rainbow with simple color mixing for kids.

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What is color mixing? Color mixing is based around the colors, red, yellow and blue.  These colors when mixed create all other colors, and are called the primary colors.  By mixing the primary colors together you get the secondary colors, which are green, orange and violet.  

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#1 COLOR MIXING WITH WATERCOLORS

SUPPLIES:

  • Color mixing chart
  • Watercolor paints
  • Water
  • Paintbrush

Want to make your own watercolor paints? Check out our easy watercolor paint recipe!

HOW TO MIX COLORS FOR KIDS

STEP 1. Print out the color mixing chart.

STEP 2. Paint each circle with its labeled primary color.

STEP 3. For the third circle, mix the previous two colors together.

STEP 4.  Write down what new color you made on the line below it.

#2 COLOR MIXING WITH FOOD COLORING

SUPPLIES:

  • Rainbow Template
  • Red, blue and yellow food coloring
  • Small cups 
  • Paintbrush

HOW TO COLOR MIX A RAINBOW

STEP 1. Print the rainbow template.

STEP 2. Add a drop of red food coloring to a small bowl and paint the first strip of the rainbow with red food coloring. Do not add water.

STEP 3. Now mix  5 drops of yellow and 1 drop of red. Paint the second strip.

STEP 4. Paint the next strip yellow.

STEP 5. Mix 5 drops of yellow and 1 drop of blue to paint the next strip.

STEP 6. Paint a strip blue.

STEP 7. Now mix 5 drops of red and 1 drop of blue, and paint the last strip.

  What colors did you create?

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FUN COLOR MIXING FOR KIDS

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