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How to Make Your Own Color Wheel {Plus Fun Activity!}

How to Make Your Own Color Wheel {Plus Fun Activity!}

Make your own color wheel puzzle! There’s just something so magical about color mixing. We have a little Dino color wheel that the kids have loved using to learn about the color wheel, color mixing, and the different relationships between color but we wanted to create something even more interactive. Read on to see what we did!

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Using wood discs, we created an interactive puzzle wheel. We used three varying sizes of discs, as well as a double-sided downloadable color wheel that can be used along with the color discs.

What You’ll Need

1″ wood discs

1.5″ wood discs

2″ wood discs


Paint brushes

Mod Podge

Very fine sandpaper

What to Do

Begin by sanding your wood discs (if needed) to ensure they are very smooth. Dust them off and set them aside.

Next, begin by painting your 2″ wood discs in the primary colors – red, blue, and yellow.

Now, paint your 1.5″ wood discs in the secondary colors – purple, orange, and green.

Next, paint your 1″ wood discs in the tertiary colors – blue-green, yellow-green, red-violet, yellow-orange, blue-violet, and red-orange.

You may need to very lightly sand in between coats of paint. We ended up applying about three coats of paint to ensure full coverage and rich colors. Allow the wood discs to dry completely between coats.

Once your color wheel discs have been painted and are completely dry, apply a layer of Mod Podge to seal the paint. Allow to dry completely before using.

How to make your own color wheel from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

Now, it’s time to play! Set the color wheel discs out for your child along with our downloadable color wheel and invite them to arrange the discs to recreate the color wheel. Our printable sheet is double sided – one side has color and one does not, allowing your child to use whichever side they feel most comfortable using (color for beginners and black and white for those with more knowledge of the color wheel).

Color wheel activity sheets

Learn more about the color wheel puzzle printable here.

How to make your own color wheel from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

Have you seen our related color activities? Check them out here:

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