Tots! Activity: Color Wheels

Tots! Activity: Color Wheels

As Cheekwood’s Tots program is temporarily suspended, we are sharing today’s activity for parents and tots to activate at home. Use our files to create your own color wheel, then share your work with us by tagging @cheekwood on Instagram and using #cheekwoodtots!

Here’s what you’ll need:

• White paper

• Paper in various colors and old magazines

• Scissors

• Glue


Directions:

1. Gather old magazines and paper in a variety of colors.

2. Using the paper you gathered, cut out shapes and objects. You will need a handful of cutouts for each color on the color wheel.

3. Glue your cutouts in a circle on your paper. The colors should form a round rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and then back to red.


Try pairing the activity with one of these books:

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos

Neon Leon by Jane Clarke and Britta Teckentrup


Ask your artist: 

• Can you name all the colors on your color wheel? What is your favorite color? Why?

• How many different shades of each color are on your color wheel?

• What color would you make if you mixed red and yellow? You would get orange. If you mixed yellow and blue you would make green, blue and red make purple.


Exploring color in and around your home: 

• Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for objects of various colors and arrange them on the floor to make a large color wheel.

• Take your color wheel outside and use it to identify colors in nature.

• Play a game of I-Spy to help identify colors around the house.


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