color wheel collage (art lesson)


Hey friends! We’re excited to be back today with another post in our art lessons series. 


Wrapping up our little version of the color wheel for now, we thought it would be good to cover it one more time in a simple way. This is just another aspect of the color wheel as we already covered with the play doh, with a little more hunting involved.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

Anything with color (see: fabrics, photos, magazines, scrap book paper, etc.) and our free color wheel printable, here. (titled : color wheel – collage)


The possibilities for this little project are kind of endless.


The basic purpose of this lesson is letting your little one find his own colors to fit inside the color wheel. It could be in depth depending on their age, or something a little simpler. Our younger kiddos were more into this that day: teaching_your_kids_color_theory

So we let them color theirs in, instead. It is what it is… for the sake of our own sanity, and theirs.

The lesson is two fold : reviewing the idea behind the color wheel and how it works, along with really observing the colors around you, and how they can fit into the wheel itself.

Points to review with your kids: 

Use this lesson as a review (same questions and concepts) be sure to go back over the color wheel, primary colors, etc.

Create a color wheel using anything around you. Fabrics, paper, photographs, magazines… anything you can think of. Be creative and pay attention to the names of the colors inside each section. Fill it in and have fun!


Because Aiden is still a little young, I helped him with the colors, and left them for him to sort out in the piles. For a group of children, pre-cutting would be a major time saver. We talked about which section each color might go in, and why.

Helpful hints : You can view this little exercise in two ways : for colors like blue-voilet, put a little blue and a little violet of what you can find… it’s the same as our play-doh lesson but with paper. Or search until you find that exact color.

We did a little bit of both, but we were pretty stoked when we found red-voilet on a cactus in an old House Beautiful. ;} It’s the little things.


And there you have it. Tada! Another simple way to review the color wheel with your children. Fun, discovery-based learning!

I kind of think these would be really fun in a series. Cut out. Framed on a wall… great play room material! Hmmmm…


Stay tuned for more lessons – and for our free color wheel printable, click here. (titled : color wheel – collage)

Have an inspiring day, friends. As usual, let us know if you try it!

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Responses to color wheel collage (art lesson)

  1. So cute! What a fun project. I can’t wait until my little guy is old enough to do stuff like this :) Bookmarking until then!!

  2. Anna says:


  3. This is so clever! I love visiting your blog and getting inspired by your ideas!

  4. Ariean @ Onekriegerchick says:

    I remember making something similar in college…so much fun!

  5. meg says:

    This is great, and SO colorful!

  6. Great art lesson! We are homeschooling for our first year this year. It’s been a blessing but I’ll confess that art has been a challenge for me. Going to add this little project in. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Chitty says:

    This is a lovely idea! The result is awesome, and the kids would love to do it xxx

  8. Vera says:

    Awsome project! Spring is not coming to the South of England anytime soon (snow today! I’d like to cry), so we will try this today after school, maybe some color will help a bit. Thanks!

  9. Holly says:

    I loved this idea. I used it for an art class I was teaching for rising 2nd and 3rd graders. I just posted it on my blog-

    Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas for these children and for my own.

  10. Ananasa says:

    Such a wonderful idea and so easy! Amazing creativity! – Home for handmade