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Create cool color tricks while learning about primary and secondary colors and color blending.
On thin white cardboard or poster board, students use a compass, or trace around an object, to make circles 5 inches (12 cm) in diameter. Cut out the circles with Crayola® Scissors. If students struggle with creating the circles, templates can be provided as asssistance. Adult help should also be available as needed.
Students divide the circle into six equal, pie-like sections. This can be accomplished by measuring six equal angles inside the 360° circle with a straight edge and a protractor.
Color the sections with Crayola Crayons. Experiment with varying color patterns on different wheels and predict the results. Poke a small hole in the center of the circle with scissors. An adult can assist as needed. Pull about 18 inches (45 cm) of yarn or string halfway through the hole.
Hold one end of the string in each hand. Swing the string and circle until the entire length of string is twisted. Then give the string a firm, brisk pull. As the wheel spins, watch the colors appear to mix.
Complementary colors such as yellow and purple, red and green, or blue and orange will appear muddy brown. Alternating two primary colors will result in the secondary color that those two colors create. For example, when alternating sections are blue and yellow, the spinning wheel will appear to be green. Why does this occur? The wheel spins so fast that instead of seeing each color separately, the eyes and brain see the visual illusion of a mixture.
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