Hey kids! Let’s make a color wheel pie using primary colors.
Mixing colors is one of those basic art concepts that children of all ages love. There is great satisfaction in taking two globs of paint and creating your very own, unique shade of a new color!
A Color Wheel Pie is a fun way to demonstrate mixing primary colors together.
Does anyone else call a pizza a “pie”? If you need to call this a Color Wheel Pizza for your kids, then go with that!
How to make a primary colors color wheel pie
To make our color wheel pie with the kids we are going to use primary colors, mix them together, and create new colors. For preschoolers and kindergarteners you might want to start with having them mix the colors to see what new colors they can create, but then also offer them each of the six colors separately to paint their pie. Let’s face it, little ones just can’t seem to get enough of mixing paint and it often ends up as varying shades of brown.
Supplies needed to make a color wheel pie
- Large white paper plate, card stock, or poster board
- Paint – primary colors (blue, red, and yellow), but you can add orange, purple, and green too
- Pie toppings – beads, buttons, sequins, gems, fake flowers, pipe cleaners, straws, and pom-poms
Instructions for making a color wheel pie
If you don’t have a large white paper plate, trace around a dinner plate or tray onto card stock or poster board, and then cut it out.
Use tape to make six pieces for your pie. For older kids, you could make even more pieces if they want to try blending even more colors together.
Using the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), have your child mix the colors together to make three new colors, purple, orange, and green.
- Red + yellow = orange
- Blue + yellow = green
- Red + blue = purple
Using the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) have your child paint alternating pie pieces. Then, using the Color Pie as a guide, mix two colors together & paint that new color in the appropriate pie piece. For example, if your child mixes blue & red together, their new shade of purple would go in the empty pie piece between the two colors.
For younger kids who have over-mixed all of their colors, let them use individual colors to paint their color wheel.
Once the paint is dry, it’s time to put the toppings on your pie and share your creations!
Our finished color wheel for kids
- Large white paper plate, poster board, or card stock
- Paint - primary colors and (optional) secondary colors
- Toppings - beads, buttons, sequins, pom-poms, straws, gems, fake flowers, pipe-cleaners, etc.
- If you don't have a large white paper plate, cut your cardboard into a circle - trace around a dinner plate or tray first.
- Divide your circle into six sections using tape.
- Mix the primary colors to make secondary colors.
- Paint your color wheel.
- Once dry, add toppings to your colors.
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Like this? Check out one of our inspirations – this is another color wheel created from recycled materials from Preschool Daze.