In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about art, primary colors, and secondary colors. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Colors topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Colors
Trip to a Museum
If possible, take students to an art museum. Explore artwork together and discuss the use of color. How does each work make them feel? How do you think the artists feel? Why do you think the artist chose to work with those particular colors? Invite students to take notes or sketch a few pieces to discuss later in class.
Give small groups red, blue, yellow, black, and white paints and thick paper. Have one student create a color using a combination of two paints while the other group members close their eyes or turn away. Then have the group members try to recreate the same color. Remind students to add small amounts of paint–it’s easier to add a color than to take one away.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Colors
Take a walk around your community with your child. Have him or her explore the surroundings and look for different colors. You may even want to pick a color to search for on your walk. How are colors used? Why might some flowers have bright colors? Why might street signs be yellow? Have your child write down his or her ideas and questions in a notebook to research later.
Feelings on Paper
Have your child choose an emotion to explore in a piece of artwork, such as happiness, anger, confusion, or sadness. Encourage him or her to use colors and images to help express the emotion. Then together create a piece of art that explores a more complicated feeling or idea, such as curiosity or sneakiness.