Learn color mixing

This arts and crafts activity is designed for children aged 3 to 6 years to teach them about primary and secondary colors through the art of color mixing.


Color Mixing for Children

One of the foundational components of art is color. Some benefits of introducing colors to a child:

  • It helps children to create a new masterpiece every time.
  • It helps them to understand the world around them.
  • It helps them to differentiate between objects


Children love colors and color mixing. Although it seems simple, children take years to internalize color mixing. Since it is a skill that a child must learn and achieve. Montessori schools also provide a varied variety of color mixing activities to the child. They introduce colors using color tablets, object to color matching, and then with color-mixing, where they teach a child about primary colors and secondary colors.


Materials required for color mixing activity

  • Three dropper bottles filled with the primary colors
  • A laminated sheet of paper or a plate that shows the color spectrum in dots (4 red dots, 2 red & 2 yellow, 4 yellow, 2 yellow & 2 blue, 4 blue, 2 blue & 2 red)
  • A paintbrush to mix colors
  • A jar of water to clean the paintbrush
  • Sponge to wipe the spilled water

Perquisites of the color mixing activity

In Montessori school, a child is first introduced to books on colors, primary color tablets, secondary color tablets, sorting colors, and matching objects with the same color before introducing color mixing to the child.

How to demonstrate the color mixing activity to the child?

  1. Invite the child to the table and tell them today we will learn about primary and secondary colors using color mixing.
  2. Starting with red, place one drop on every red dot on the laminated paper. 
  3. Repeat step 2 with yellow color
  4. Repeat step 2 with blue color
  5. Complete the 
  6. Now hold the brush and mix the four red dots.
  7. As shown in the video, repeat step 6 with the rest of the dots.
  8. Mixing different color dots gives us colors like purple, green, and orange.
  9. Use a sponge to clean the tray and spilled water, if any.
  10. Ask the child to repeat the activity.
  11. Return work to the shelf.


 How to make the color mixing activity more engaging?

Asking the following questions will help you to make this activity more engaging:

  • What colors are in a rainbow?
  • What is your favorite color in flowers?
  • If you want to paint your room, which color will you choose?
  • Do you know what are primary and secondary colors?
  • Can you guess how many colors are primary?
  • Explain that primary colors are red, yellow, and blue
  • Explain that secondary colors are orange, purple, and green
  • Explain how you will use the primary colors to make the secondary colors
  • What color do they think each mix will make?
  • Ask the child to try mixing different colors to make more secondary colors
  • What is a color wheel? What colors can we make using that color wheel?


The video lesson teaches how to mix colors using a dropper. It allows young learners to express themselves through artwork in a fun and creative way.

With this video, and introduce the child to the world of colors, color wheel, primary and secondary colors as well as how to mix colors.


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Video created by: Strykun Olena



  • How do you teach colors in Montessori?

Color mixing is a satisfying hands-on experience for a child. In Montessori schools, color mixing is taught by using color tablets. Once the child can recognize the colors and its name. They are introduced to finding the same color objects. And then they are introduced to color mixing using the above activity.


  • Why is it important for toddlers to learn colors?


Color recognition is an important cognitive development step for toddlers because it plays a vital role in object recognition and helps them develop their spatial awareness.



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