3 years & up. Explore the exciting world of color with these color paddles. Transparent 6" paddles in six colors with three textures demonstrate the principles of color mixing. Use these paddles in planned activities or place them in a learning center for children's individual explorations. Set of 18 (3 each of 6 different colors: red, yellow, blue, orange, green, and purple).
DISCOVERY TIME - Give children the Color Paddles and allow them to explore. Encourage them to examine the paddle shapes, colors, and textures. Allow children to discover color combinations.
VIEWING COLORS - Use red, blue, and yellow paddles. Have children hold the red paddle up to their eyes. Ask them to describe what they see. Switch to the blue paddle. What does the blue view look like? Switch to yellow. Have children describe the yellow view. Red, blue, and yellow are primary colors.
MIXING COLORS - Combining any two of the primary colors forms a third color called a secondary color. Have children overlay two primary color paddles up to their eyes. What happens? Have them find the color paddle that matches this new color mixture. Find all the combinations of the primary colors. These primary color combinations create the secondary colors: green, orange, and purple.
COLOR PADDLE WHEEL - Have children create a Color Paddle wheel! Help them trace three overlapping paddle shapes on a piece of paper. Children can color the paddle shapes with crayons or markers. Color the three primary colors. Where the paddles overlap, color the correct secondary color mixture.
COLOR HUNT - Children can go on a color hunt! Have them use the Color Paddles as guides to find items in the room that are the same color. See if children can find all six colors in the room. Who can find the most primary colors? Who can find the most secondary colors? Award the best color hunters!
TEXTURE - As children work with clay, they can use the textured surfaces and beveled edges of the paddles. The paddle shape is perfect for scooping sand and other materials.