A Flower Color Wheel- Color Theme

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Spring seems to be arriving early, and the warm weather is bringing us the year's first blossoms.  Miss E and I explored the neighborhood hunting for flowers.  She carried her camera, and took a picture of every flowering plant along our walk.  Here are couple of her many photos.




Since Miss E has been a toddler, it is common for us to talk about the colors of flowers when we are admiring them, and I decided to use her interest in flowers to learn more about colors.  We made a flower color wheel using her photos.  Depending on your child's development level, he may help with some or all of the project.  I guided my 4 1/2 year old daughter and discussed ideas with her, but the completed project is mostly her work.

Materials
Photos of flowers - We used the photos taken by Miss E. If you can't print out photos, you can cut pictures from a magazine.
Scissors
Large sheet of paper
Glue
Pastels for coloring - You can use crayons or markers, but they won't mix well like the pastels.

Directions
-Create a color wheel on a circular piece of paper or a paper plate.  Your child will color in the 3 primary colors (red, blue, yellow)first.  Explain how mixing two primary colors makes a secondary color.  Using the pastels, your child will mix two primary colors together to create green, purple, and orange.



-Cut out the triangular color shapes on color wheel and arrange in circular pattern on a poster board or large sheet of paper.  Glue colors on paper.  Leave space in the middle for white because white is not often found on basic color wheels, but we found a lot of white flowers.
-Cut out pictures of flowers.

-Sort pictures by color of flower.  At this point, there may be a lot of discussion about colors because not all flowers are easily identified by a pure primary or secondary color.  Allow child to arrange flower pictures however she chooses next to the color wheel shapes.  
-Once pictures are organized, glue the pictures onto the paper.  


Once your child has completed the flower color wheel, discuss which colors were more prominent and which colors were more rare.  Your child can count how many flowers of each color she found.  When my daughter realized there were no green flowers, she added some pictures of leaves to the color wheel.  We wondered together why there were no orange flowers.  

This activity covers the subject of art by learning about color theory by creating a color wheel and sorting flowers by color.  Mathematics is supported by sorting, counting, and comparing.  Children learn more about science by observing the natural world around them and describing it.  

This post is shared on the Kids Co-Op Linky Party.

12 comments:

Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love this idea - I can see how I can adapt it for J (2 and a half). We've been taking pictures together as I haven't got a kiddie camera yet. I'm pinning it onto my spring board.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yes, for a younger child, I would have the child color a whole plate a color on the color wheel, so you would end up with 6 colored plates. Then it would be easier for the child to sort bc they would just place the pictures on top of the plates.

Debi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a wonderful way to encourage snapping photos of nature, then putting those photos to everyday use to learn colors. My 3.5 yo would love it!

Angelique Felix said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Just lovely this post!
Thanks for the inspiration
Love, Angelique

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you, Debi. I am sure your family of nature loving photo bugs have lots of flower pictures to use for a project like this. =) You're in CA, right? Do you have a wildflower season where you live?

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am happy that I have inspired you. Thank you!

tricia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is a great idea! it's a great way to incorporate nature into learning. I like that your daughter colored her own color wheel. Years ago, I spent a small fortune on a pottery barn wooden color puzzle. It's pretty cool- with colors like "chartreuse", "magenta", "vermillion" and "goldenrod"....but somehow, I think your activity will spark more hands-on learning. :)

The Monko said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

great idea, when spring is a bit more in full bloom I'd love to try this with real flowers. You could also use this idea for montessori colour shade grading.

lyndsay said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is a fantastic idea. Thank you so much for sharing this - we have been doing so much with colour lately. I am not sure if Aodhan could handle all steps in this, but I am going to try anyway and scaffold him through the process. Love it!!! Thanks so much.

sunnymama said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a lovely idea! It would be great if you'd like to add this to our Spring Carnival. :) http://sunnydaytodaymama.blogspot.com/2012/02/all-year-round-blog-carnival-spring.html

Allison said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Brilliant idea. I love learning inspired by nature.

Allison said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I wanted to let you know I feagtured your idea at The Weekly Kid's Co-op Playdate this week!

http://trainupachildlearnaswego.blogspot.com/2012/03/weekly-kids-co-op-playdate-come-and.html

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