Primary Color Kites

primarycolorkites This is a great activity to teach the primary colors and introduce the secondary colors.


  • To introduce primary colors to children
  • To learn about color blending and new colors

Before You Start: Gather materials needed for the activity: Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes, black construction paper, scissors, glue, potato masher, egg beater, pencils, yarn (black, red, yellow and blue), Liquid Watercolor™ paint and bingo bottles. Pre-fill bottles with paint. Cut out one 24-inch piece of black yarn and one 3-inch red, yellow and blue pieces of yarn for each student. Make a kite template that the children can use to trace and cut their own kite.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Have the students fold one piece of Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes three times.

Step 2. Talk about the primary colors and how all of the other colors in the world around us come from these three colors.

Step 3. Pass out Bingo Bottles filled with Colorations® Liquid Watercolor in red, yellow and blue.

Step 4. Using the Bingo Bottles, instruct the children to start at the point and cover their folded paper with paint until they reach the top. Remind the children to do small stripes and whatever they do on one side, they must turn it over and do it on the other side.

Step 5. When the children are done painting their Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes, have them unfold their paper and look at the pretty design they've made!

Step 6. Ask the children to look closely at the place where two colors meet, and ask them what colors they find.

Step 7. Have the children trace and cut a kite out of their Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes.

Step 8. Using a potato masher and an egg beater, have the children stamp different designs on the kites with white Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera. Set the kites aside to dry.

Step 9. Once the kites are dry, glue them onto a black background. To show that the kites are made with primary colors, have the children tie the red, yellow and blue pieces of yarn onto the black yarn and attach it to the kite!

Furthermore: If you do not have an egg beater or potato masher on hand, you can also use stampers to make designs on the kites.

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