Playdough Color Mixing
We’ve been busy learning all about color, thanks to our themed learning series on color. Today we decided to whip up a double batch of our favorite homemade playdough and use it to learn about color mixing and the color wheel.
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First, we made a double batch of our playdough recipe, then divided up the batch into three piles. We added red food coloring to one pile, yellow to another, and blue to the last. Then we mixed the different playdough colors according to the color wheel and made the secondary and tertiary colors. If you have a color wheel, you can reference it while you work (the dino color wheel is our favorite kid-friendly wheel). To see how we made our playdough, and to see what fun we had, read on below!
Mix the following ingredients together:
1 cup flour
2-3 tablespoons cream of tarter
1/4 cup salt
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
We mixed our ingredients directly in the pot we planned on cooking it in (one less bowl to clean!).
Once all the ingredients have been mixed, cook them over medium heat while mixing continuously. It will start melting down and looking like this. Keep cooking!
After a few minutes, it will start to ball up (and your arm muscles will start to ache!), that’s when you know your dough is cooked.
We placed the playdough in a bowl to cool while we prepared what we needed for the next step. We like to have a bowl of flour handy, just in case the playdough ends up being a little sticky! Simply sprinkle a little flour on and voila! You will also want your bottles of food coloring (just the three primary colors will do), and some rubber gloves and wax paper to protect your skin and work space from the food coloring.
Once the dough is cool enough to handle, separate it into three equal piles. Now you can add your food coloring (a different primary color for each of the piles).
Mix together well and voila!
Now take out your dino color wheel, taking note of which colors will create the secondary colors. Mix appropriate colors together and you should end up with violet, green, and orange. You can mix these with the primary colors to create the tertiary colors.
Once we had mixed our playdough, we decided to incorporate our color wheel guide too. Sign up for our newsletter to get your very own color wheel printable! It’s something you won’t find anywhere else. Before using it with playdough, we laminated it, which made it super easy to wipe clean when we were done playing.
That’s it! The kids had a blast learning about color mixing and loved being able to place their handmade dough on the color wheel puzzle guide. Give it a try and let us know how your coloring mixing went. We love hearing how we’ve inspired you! What else could you do with the playdough? Share photos with us on our blog or on social media. Add #theartkit to your post, or share directly on our Facebook page to be featured on our wall!
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