Monday, June 10, 2013

Color Wheels

I know that this has been done over and over, but for some reason (probably because I didn't try hard enough), I couldn't find a color wheel template that I really liked. So...I made my own. This was an effort to find something to keep my children busy while I got to go to my gymnastics class. It did not work as well as I would have liked, but it has begun a fun color study. Here is the color wheel template that I created just to color or paint. I chose color to lessen the mess while I was gone. However, it may have been more entertaining (i.e. lasted longer), had I allowed paint. Another reason I chose to make my own color wheel is because, believe it or not, all I we have is a black and white printer! Yes, a print shop, where we print pictures and all we have is a bland and white laser printer! Unthinkable! but I think we shall survive! So here is my Color Wheel Template.

And, since my son was begging to do something with food coloring, and, since I saw this while searching for a template yesterday...

And, though it would have been much easier to use Mama Jenn's free download, alas the black and white printer would render them useless. So, once again another Color black and white. A bit of an oxymoron, though it is, it worked beautifully.

Here's how you do it.

1. Print off the Color Wheel Sheet (link below)
2. Laminate it, put it in a sleeve protector, or use packaging tape (like I did).
3. Put your Red, Yellow, and Blue food coloring in separate containers and add a little water to dilute.
4. Using an eyedropper or a straw (we couldn't find an eyedropper), drop one drop per letter indicator. For example for each R in one circle you would drop that many drops of red. Three R's, three drops of red.

5. Mix colors within each circle together with a toothpick or stir straw if you are in a coffeeshop .

6. Finally, using a paper towel or coffee filter (which I think I may like even better), carefully set it on top of the colors to soak 'em up! Here is what ours looked like.

And finally here is the Color Wheel Printable. In case you don't have a color printer as well! You may want to check out Mama Jenn for more instructions in case mine were too confusing. I won't be offended!

Thanks for reading! Until next time friends.


  1. I really like this! I've got a box of food coloring in the cupboard, but we've been avoiding eating that sort of thing lately, so this would be a great way to use up a few drops =) This would be a great outside, summer activity. Thanks for sharing!

  2. You are welcome! It is definitely a good outside project! (as long as the wind isn't blowing) Using an apron would probably be a good idea too! don't use food coloring in food either, but I like to have it around for art projects. Recently, my son has been intrigued with food coloring and really wants to know how they make it and also finds ways to make his own food coloring! It may be another bunny trail!