DIY Color Wheel

Introduction: Colors are everywhere and its always good to introduce kids to them all and how they can be mixed. In this experiment things are going to get a little…messy! Learning about primary colors and secondary colors is the goal today. Colors are always something fun to explore on a rainy day so lets get started.



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  1. 2 paper plates
  2. Scissors
  3. 1 split pin to connect the plates
  4. Different finger paint colors


  • First begin with one of the plates and cut it about 2 inches smaller than the other plate.
  • Then cut a small window out of the smaller plate so the colors can show through.
  • Cut a small hole in the center of the plates and place the split pin in the middle to connect the plates.
  • Take some finger paints and start mixing some colors!
color wheel

Photo Credits: Science sparks

(You can use markers like the Science Sparks post or if you like a little mess try some finger paints!)

Decorating and personalizing the color wheel is also fun so draw what you like! Rainbows, butterflies, and more!


Another crafty color idea wont hurt…right!?

If you are looking for something a bit messier try some hands on paint mixing! This will really get the kids involved, as long as you don’t mind a bit of a mess when its all done!


Photo Credit: Google Images 


  1. Washable finger paints
  2. Large sheets of white paper
  3. Markers to label


Enjoy your color mixing and making!! 





  1. What are the primary colors? How many are there?
  2. What are secondary colors?
  3. What color do you get when you mix red and blue?
  4. How can you make the color green?
  5. Can you find a way to make your favorite color with the three primary colors?


Here are some more cool color experiments to check out!




Spring Chromatography

Introduction:  In this fun experiment for kids we’ll be exploring chromatography (the separation of mixtures). We’ll use coffee filters to separate the various pigments in markers to see how each color was created!

Materials needed:                                                

  • Non permanent markers


    Photo Credits: Buggy and Buddy Blog

  • White coffee filters
  • Pencil Cups for water
  • Black pipe cleaners

Part One:

  1. Begin with one coffee filter, take one marker and create thick circles around the center.
  2. Use pencil to label the colors so you know what colors work best at the end.
  3. Fold the coffee filter in half twice to make a cone shape.
  4. Get a small plastic Tupperware jar and gently place the tip of the cone into the water. (Don’t let the color touch the water only the uncolored tip of the filter!)

Photo Credits: Fun Science Blog


Part Two:

  1. Sit and watch as the colors flow throughout the coffee filter.
  2. Repeat as many times as you want to get the desired look.
  3. When the water has reached the edge of the coffee filter, take them out of the jars and water.
  4. Gently place them somewhere safe to dry over night.




Creating butterflies:                                                                                


Photo Credits: Buggy and Buddy Blog

  • Cut a black pipe cleaner in half
  • Take one dry colored filter and scrunch it in the middle
  • Tie and shape the pipe cleaner around the colored filter
  • Hang them up and enjoy!

Creating Flowers: 

  • Before starting the experiment cut a hole in the middle on the coffee filters
  • Continue with the original procedure
  • When the filters are dry fold them in half and then half again to shape the flowers
  • Cut and shape pipe cleaners to the size you want and enjoy your flowers!
flowers 2

Photo Credits: Red Ted Art Blog


Questions to ask:

  1. What is chromatography?
  2. What colors do you see?
  3. What one is your favorite?
  4. What colors worked better than others?
  5. Did anything surprise you during the experiment?


Hope you had lots of fun! Check out some of the sites below for more science fun!



Here are some other fun chromatography experiments to look at too!