Firstly, I would like to make it known that I'm not taking credit for this idea. It was something my daughter got to do at our local library. I'm pretty sure it was an idea given by a book about Josef Albers art, but the librarians may have came up with it, and they put it together. I'm not really sure, but it was way too good of an idea not to share.
If you're not familiar with Josef Albers you should read up on him on the internet with your child, or see if you can rent a book about him from your local library. He used a lot of different colored squares for his art works, putting them together all different types of ways. He noticed how colors look different when placed on top of other colors.
I think this is a FANTASTIC color lesson for kids already have all their colors down. For those that don't, you can use it to teach them what colors are what too of course. But if you can really get your child thinking about how colors look on top of different colors that's so great!
You'd need to provide:
- A large sheet of white paper
- Big squares of several different colors of construction paper (enough to fill up the entire sheet of white paper, using every color just once)
- Little squares of the same colors of construction paper (the same amount as the big squares)
- A glue stick
Let them play around with it for a while until they get the design they love and connect with. Have discussions about how certain colors "pop" when placed on top of other colors, or how they "blend in." Good color terms to get kids familiar with. Once they have a design they like they can glue it down, or you can just glue down the big squares and leave the little squares paper clipped to the top to do over and over again.