Primary Colour Mixing Activity

This primary colour mixing project works on blending tissue paper to discover secondary colours. Primary Colour Mixing Activity - use tissue paper to make primary colours turn into secondary!

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This activity was inspired by the “Create a Color Collage” in Jamie Reimers’s book LEARN – which is a fantastic book featuring all kinds of fun learning activities for preschoolers – check it out!

We started the activity by cutting up red, yellow and blue tissue paper into random shapes with child-safe scissors.

Primary Colour Mixing Activity - use tissue paper to make primary colours turn into secondary!

 

I wrote the names of two primary colours on the top of some white card in the three possible combinations. My son used a glue stick to attach the tissue paper  pieces to the card.Primary Colour Mixing Activity - use tissue paper to make primary colours turn into secondary!

Where the two different primary colours overlapped, the secondary colour started to show!Primary Colour Mixing Activity - use tissue paper to make primary colours turn into secondary!

But F wasn’t happy to stop there – he wanted to add water! So I grabbed a spray bottle and he spritzed each collage with water for extra colour mixing!

We both loved the results!Primary Colour Mixing Activity - use tissue paper to make primary colours turn into secondary!

Primary Colour Mixing Activity - use tissue paper to make primary colours turn into secondary!

Primary Colour Mixing Activity - use tissue paper to make primary colours turn into secondary!

I was actually concerned that this was too basic for him – he knows perfectly well which primary colours make secondary. But despite this he was still fascinated by seeing the secondary colour start to show when he sprayed the water!

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