Color theory is an ideal topic to use for preschool, kindergarten, first grade and beyond, with each year getting a bit more scientific. For us, talking about color builds into a week-long unit study that art, math, science, history, and writing.
Today, I will teach you the basic information you need to teach color theory, build a color wheel and ideas for developing a unit study. Resources that we use will be given to, either as affiliate links or just good ole fashioned resource links across the homeschool/education web.
Just remember to have fun! Remember, this is designed for 3-6 year olds...not a third grader. Keep it simple. Keep it fun. Get a little messy.
What Is Color Theory?
That's all you need to teach introductory color theory. Later, you can add other elements of color theory as the children age. For example, you can add in the notion of warm vs. cool, color schemes and the use of black and white spaces.
Fun Facts About Color Theory:
The Color Wheel
The primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. They are the colors that cannot be made by mixing any other colors together. They make all of the other colors.
Make Your Wheel:
To make a primary color wheel, have your child cut out thirds of yellow, blue and red before gluing them onto a piece of large white paper.
Label the paper as "Primary Color Wheel" and have the child label each color.
This is more productive than simply drawing a circle and coloring in the thirds because it encourages hand-eye coordination. Let them write the color names too!
Secondary colors are made by mixing together primary colors. The secondary colors are orange, green, and purple. You can make the colors by mixing:
Make Your Wheel:
To make a primary color wheel, have your child cut out sixths of yellow, blue, red, green, orange, and purple before gluing them onto a piece of large white paper.
Label the paper as "Secondary Color Wheel" and have the child label each color.
Using the Color Wheel for Lessons
Unit Study Ideas