Pamela Lopez - Betsy Ross Elementary School 

Mixing Primary Colors

Pamela Lopez Betsy Ross Elementary School
6059 South Wabash Avenue
(773) 535-0650


The kindergarten students will be able use different ways to mix primary
colors. There will be two activities for mixing primary colors.
1. Rainbow Squeeze
2. Color Blends

Materials Needed:

Activity 1 "Gelatin Squeeze"
1. unflavored gelatin
2. water
3. food coloring
4. zip lock bags
5. tablespoons


"Rainbow Squeeze"

Pour 2 cups of cold water in to a quart measuring cup. Sprinkle 3 envelopes of
unflavored gelatin over the water. Let stand for 1 minute. Then add 2 cups of
boiling water. Mix well with a tablespoon. Divide the mixture equally into 3
bowls. Add several drops of blue food coloring to one bowl, yellow food
coloring to the second bowl, red food color to the third bowl. Mix well with a
spoon. Chill overnight. Remove to room temperature.

Procedure 1. We put the rainbow squeeze into bags. 2. We push out the air, seal the bags. 3. Then we squeeze the bags. What colors did we make? To the tune of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" 1. Mixing paints is lots of fun, lots of fun, lots of fun. Blue and yellow, paints make green. Try and you will see. 2. Purple comes from red and blue, mix them well, mix them well. Red and yellow will make orange. Try and you will see. Performance Assessment:

The children will have fun feeling the cool gelatin as the colors are being
blended together.

"Color Blends"


1. red, yellow and blue Tempra Paints
2. paint brush
3. 3 cups for each color of paint
4. 1 cup of cold water
5. white construction paper
6. geometric shapes

Procedure 1. Draw shapes to overlap each other to fill the entire piece of paper. 2. Paint one end of a shape. Add the second color to the first, little by little. Fill more of the shape. Each time you will begin to see the color blend. 3. Paint another shape with a different color. Add the second color, continue this procedure from step (2). Fill in the entire picture. Colors To Mix 1. red+blue = purple 2. red+yellow = orange 3. blue+yellow = green Now you have mixed primary colors to make secondary colors. Conclusions:

Activity 1- Children will be able to see how the gelatin colors mixed.
Children will be able to demonstrate this activity at home.
Activity 2- Children will review shapes and colors before doing this activity.
Children will have fun tracing shapes and blending colors.

1. Teacher Edition "Silver Burdett"
2. "Starting To Paint"

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