This color theory sensory activity was a MAJOR hit with my kids! I really can’t say enough how fun it was! This sensory activity allows kids to learn & discover so much about color theory! We began with the 3 primary colors and made the three secondary colors! Tonight we plan to keep mixing and mixing until we have a more complete color wheel of Model Magic.
If you are new to Model Magic, you and your kids are in for a huge treat! Model Magic is a soft drying clay. Meaning when it dries it is soft. I must say that we have yet to discover how the Model Magic dries once mixed with the paint but I hope to update this post soon with the outcome. Either way, Model Magic is delightful to play with!
Model Magic dries soft! Did you get that part?
So if your little one makes something that is a keeper it is likely to last longer than if it were created from a hard drying clay. I love all clay, but Model Magic is definitely a top favorite of ours. It is a great clay to use for ornaments!
How To Use Model Magic To Explore Color Theory:
What You Need:
What You Do:
Set out equal parts of red and yellow paint along with a ball of Model Magic to make orange.
We used approximately 2 tsps of paint for each color and about 3 Tbls of Model Magic. You can add or take away however you need to in order to get the hues you are aiming for. Just note that it helps to have equal parts of paint to get a true secondary color. This is the time to have fun! Squish, squeeze, pull, fold, & mush until all the color is mixed in to the Model Magic.
We then took a break and washed our hands in a white sink so that my kids could also see the colors washing away against the white sink. This was a great opportunity to talk about how the colors became diluted by the water.
*Please note *
Of course this project is messy. Please use a drop cloth and your painting clothes/smocks. If you use the washable paint that I linked to above then the mess should be easy to clean up.
I had my kids mix the paint and Model Magic on top of a white plastic lid of a tote box so that we could see the colors mixing well and have a smooth washable surface to mix on.
*Extra Fun* Wash and dry off your working surface with wet and dry paper towels. Lay out the paper towels to dry and use them for more art projects another time!
Next have your kids mix together yellow & blue paint with Model Magic to make green.
The next two colors to mix are red and blue to make purple.
Now you will have a ball of orange, green, and purple. Now make a ball of just red, just yellow, and just blue.
Lay them all out in a rainbow and talk about them. Then use them to create art! (I do not yet know how well the model magic dries with the paint mixed in but it definitely is a great sensory clay to use like play-dough)
A Few Great Talking Points on Color Theory:
What 2 colors make Orange/green/purple?
Why are the balls of Model Magic in the secondary colors lighter than the paint we used?
How many colors did we use to make red/yellow/blue?
What is special about red, yellow, and blue?
Make More Colors:
From here you can now combine the primary and secondary colors to make tertiary colors!
For a color wheel chart see the link below:
I hope your little ones enjoy this fun sensory activity and that it provides a great opportunity to learn about and discover color for themselves!
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