Water color wheels

In my previous post, I shared our lesson on color wheels and how it is important to be flexible and child-focused when planning and presenting any kind of lesson. To give our students time to explore the process of mixing colors and a color wheel, we invited our students to explore water color mixing on a paper towel…

Watercolor wheels by Teach Preschool

In preparation for this activity, we drew color wheels on paper towels with a permanent marker ahead of time so that we could easily transition from our lesson to our open centers. The water color wheel was just one of many open centers for the children to explore…

Watercolor wheels by Teach Preschool

Not every child chose to participate in the water color wheel center and those who did were given the freedom to explore the water color mixing process any way they wished…

Watercolor wheels by Teach Preschool

The water color wheels stayed on the table throughout the morning and the children could come and go. Some of the children would stay for a few minutes and give it a try then leave and possibly even return later on to try it again. Other children stayed for a long time just mixing colors over and over again…

Watercolor wheels by Teach Preschool

In my classroom, the children are accustom to participating in activities like this without the expectation that they are going to take something home. We do “non-take-home” projects just about every day. So one child may start working on a color wheel and then switch to another or two children may decide to work together on the same water wheel. Non-take-home projects cultivate cooperation and communication very nicely because the stress of “this is mine” is removed by “let’s try this one!”

Watercolor wheels by Teach Preschool

Like most activities we share during center time, there is almost always a child that will find the activity exceptionally interesting and stick with it until he or she has tried every variation of the process possible…

Watercolor wheels by Teach Preschool

And sometimes, the child will stay until all the materials run out or center time is over. In this case, time was running out so this child was given the thumbs up to pour out the remaining colors on our color wheels and he jumped at the chance…

Watercolor wheels by Teach Preschool

We had several layers of good quality, super absorbent, paper towels to catch all the excess colored water and once the last of the color was all poured out, we simply rolled up our color water wheel paper towels and moved them off the table.  We set them out to dry in another area of our classroom and just as an FYI, paper towels dry super fast and the colorful paper towels make great cutting or collage making material for other projects later on…

Watercolor wheels by Teach Preschool

PS. We used Liquid Water Color from Discount School Supply to color our water. I love that stuff!

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By |2013-08-08T07:00:07+00:00August 8th, 2013|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. carol August 10, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I love this idea. I might try it at home with my niece.

  2. Donna August 12, 2013 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Your blog is always filled with creative and age appropriate ideas. Are you planning to do your “postcard exchange” again this year? My preschool class loved getting mail then locating where the mail came from.
    Congrats on your great book,”Ready for Kindergarten” !

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 13, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

      Yes! We will be posting an announcement closer to the first week in September!

  3. Joni August 30, 2013 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Just want to send you a quick thank you for having such an amazing site.
    I am so busy with the in home prek and 3 kids of my own 10-15 years. I can look here and find last minute ideas that are so meanigful and fun!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      You are welcome Joni! It always makes me so happy to know that others find the ideas helpful to their own situation!

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