C is 25 months old and has known all her colors for a while now..so it's time to expand. This makes a great activity for kids who've got their primary and secondary colors down, but there would be no problem making one of these with a child whose just learning their colors. Owning their own color wheel will get them excited about knowing which color is which! Feel free to make a simpler wheel, only including primary and seconday colors if you feel you need to do that as well.
To Create This Color Wheel Craft You Will Need:
3 sheets of white paper
A large paper plate
A black Sharpie
Crayons in the following colors: red, red orange, orange, yellow orange, yellow, yellow green, green, blue green, blue, blue violet, violet, and red violet
To start, draw a circle on one of your white sheets of paper. Then stack all 3 sheets together and cut the circles out. Repeat for a square, and triangle. You'll need to then take a triangle that you've cut out, set it ontop of the sheets and cut out 3 more so you'll have 6. Make sure that your circles are the biggest, squares smaller, and triangles smallest. Look at your paper plate beforehand (the back side) and figure out what sizes each shape should be so they'll all fit. Our triangles overlapped a tiny bit and that's definitely okay!
Now that you've got all your shapes cut out, give your child one at a time, with the proper crayon. The circles should be the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. The squares should be the secondary colors: orange, green, and violet. The triangles should be the teritiary colors: red orange, yellow orange, yellow green, blue green, blue violet, and red violet.
Once your little one has completed the coloring of the shapes, you can label them all with the black Sharpie. Examples: Primary: Red. Secondary: Orange. Etc.
Now have your child help you add glue to each shape and stick them on the backside of the paper plate accordingly, with yellow at the top.
Once everything is glued on take the Sharpie and make lines on the paper plate to connect red to green, yellow to violet, and blue to orange. Then write "complimentary colors" near the lines.
Your final product should look similar to this:
After deciding we wanted to make a color wheel craft, I googled images of color wheels to get an idea of what I wanted ours to be like. I hope you enjoy your color wheel as much as we do!