Mixing Colours

We are doing a unit on colours today, using home made play dough, coloured with food colouring.

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Recipe For Home Made Playdough

  • 2 cups of plain flour.
  • 3/4 cup salt.
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar.
  • 2 cups lukewarm water.
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)
  • Food colouring, optional

Primary Colours

I made the playdough last night and added the food colouring this morning, to make three large balls of play dough, one each of red, blue and yellow that I shared out between the girls. These are the primary colours.

Secondary Colours

They then mixed the playdough to create the secondary colours, orange, green and purple.

Colour Wheel

This is a video about the primary and secondary colours and creating a colour wheel:

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I downloaded a free book on colours. You can get this free, printable colour theory book for kids by visiting this Pinterest link and clicking on the picture. This will take you to a site, where you enter your name and address and get a free download of a colour theory book. The picture below shows the secondary colours made, along with a copy of the downloadable book that we used.

We also watched some useful videos on colour.

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A song about mixing colours and the new colours that are made.

A video song about the colours of the rainbow.

Writing Work

Our writing work was “My Favourite Colour”.