Today I had two kindergarten classes who started my color unit. In kindergarten I teach students the primary and secondary colors. Today they learned what a primary color is and what happens when you mix the primary colors. Today's lesson, "Mixing Colors," is by far one of my favorite lessons to do with the kinders! They are always so amazed at the "magic" that happens when you mix the primary colors together. At the end of the day, I always receive at least two or three comments from other teachers who talk about how amazed the kids are by the project when they get back to their rooms!
First we talk about the primary colors and listen to Greg Percy's song, "The Red Yellow Blues." Then I pass out my mixing colors worksheet. Everyone writes their names on the paper somewhere and then one at a time, we work on finding the primary color words. I have the students point to red first and then I pass out red model magic clay, giving each student a small ball of it. The students are asked to take a small piece of the clay and stick it to the box under the word. Then we do the same for yellow and blue. After that, I have the students split up their leftover clay into two balls. Before I let the students mix red and yellow, I ask them to guess what color they think it will make, and so on and so forth with the other two secondary colors. I always love hearing them oooh and ahhh over this!