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Complementary Color Turtles

Level: Primary
Grades: K - Gr 2 | Age: 5 - 8 | Written by: Alexa
[Alexa is a teacher and artist from Bucharest, Romania.]

Little ones will learn about complementary colors (red-green) and color mixing. Complementary colours are colours that that are opposite one another on the colour wheel – for example: red and green, yellow and violet, blue and orange.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Review color mixing (red + yellow = orange; blue + red = purple; blue + yellow = green)
  2. Cut turtles out of the green and red paper (do this ahead of time).
  3. Talk about complementary colors and show children how complements are across from one another on the color wheel (ie: red and green; blue and orange; purple and yellow).
  4. Give each child a piece of paper - ask them to paint the background using green (they will mix this using blue and yellow) and red.
  5. When the paint has dried, help them glue the little turtle (red or green, their choice) onto their paper.
  6. Ask them to decorate the turtle's back by adding small points or spots.

Recommended Books/Products:

Carved Wood Turtle Craft Kit (makes 12)

Carved Wood Turtle Craft Kit (makes 12)

Catch a wave with your seafaring friends! Ready to decorate with acrylic paint. Turtle is approx. 2-1/2"W and stands 4-1/2"H. Kit includes unpainted wood shapes, dowels and bases, paint, brushes and instructions. Pack of 12.

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