Are you looking for fun and educational activities to teach primary colour mixing? Look no further!

In this step-by-step guide, I will show you engaging activities that will help children explore and understand the world of colours.

These primary colour mixing activities are designed to inspire creativity and encourage hands-on learning. Children will not only have a blast but also develop important cognitive skills as they experiment with different colours and observe the magical transformations that occur when they mix them together.

Whether you are a teacher or parent, these step-by-step instructions will make it easy for you to guide children through the colour mixing process. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into the world of primary colour mixing! Get ready to witness the joy and excitement on your little one’s face as they discover the endless possibilities of blending colours together. Let the adventure begin.

Understanding Colour Mixing

Colour mixing is an essential concept for children to grasp as they learn about art and the world around them.

To begin the journey of colour mixing, it’s important to introduce children to the three primary colours – red, blue, and yellow. Explain to them that these colours cannot be created by mixing other colours together; they are the building blocks of all other colours. Encourage them to observe objects in their environment and identify the primary colours around.

Next, teach children about the basic principles of colour mixing. Explain that when two primary colours are mixed together, they create a secondary colour. For example, when blue and yellow are mixed, green is formed. Similarly, red and yellow mix to form orange, and red and blue combine to create purple. Once children have a basic understanding of primary colours and how they blend together, they are ready to dive into the exciting world of primary colour mixing activities. Let’s explore some fun and engaging activities that will bring out their inner artist and scientist.

1 Primary Colour Mixing Activity – Playdough Fun

 Playdough is a versatile and engaging material that offers endless opportunities for creative play and learning. By incorporating primary colour mixing into playdough activities, children can explore the concept of colour blending in a hands-on and interactive way. Here’s how you can conduct a primary colour playdough mixing activity:

1. Start by making or purchasing playdough in the three primary colours – red, blue, and yellow. You can use store-bought playdough or make your own using this recipe below:


You can find all these ingredients in your kitchen.

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Food colouring: yellow, red and blue.


  • Add all ingredients in a large pot except the food colouring which you will use later.
  • Cook over the medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form into a ball.
  • Remove from the heat and then put it out onto a plate and flatten it out quite a bit so it can cool down faster.
  • Let it cool down for 20 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 3 balls.
  • You can use gloves so you don’t stain your hands or just use your hands and wash them later.
  • Start with few drops of yellow food colour in one dough and knead the dough. Repeat the same process to make red and blue doughs.
  • Add more colour to brighten each dough.
  • Once it’s all mixed together, you are ready to have fun.
  • You can store the doughs in the freezer bags or airtight containers for another time.

2. Provide each child with a small ball of each primary colour playdough and a clean surface or tray to work on.

3. Instruct them to twist and blend two different colours together to create a new secondary colour. For example, twisting yellow and blue together will result in green, red and blue will create purple, and red and yellow will make orange.

4. As they mix the playdough, ask children to describe the new colours they create and compare them to the original primary colours. Encourage them to use their imagination and create unique colour combinations.

Playdough mixing activities not only promote creativity and fine motor skills but also reinforce the concepts of primary and secondary colours. Children will have a blast squishing, twisting, and blending playdough while discovering the magical world of colour transformation.

2 Storytime with Colours

Read colourful books or stories that takes the child into the world of primary and secondary colour mixing such as Hunting Orange, A mixing colour adventure.  To find out more about this book please visit this link

This activity promotes language development, colour recognition and reinforce the concepts of primary and secondary colours.

3 Painting

You can use store-bought painting or make your own using this recipe below:

You can find all these ingredients in your kitchen.


  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ½ cup water
  • Food colouring: red, yellow and blue


  • Add all ingredients with few drops of colour in the blender.
  • Blend it well.
  • Add more or less water depending on the consistency you want and store in the refrigerator.
  • Repeat the same process to create other primary colours

1. Set up a painting area by placing a plastic tray under each child’s workspace to catch any spills or excess water.

2. Provide each child with paints in 3 small bowls/ or cups in the primary colours – red, blue, and yellow.  

3. Give each child 3 extra small bowls for mixing colours

4. Encourage children to pick one primary colour for example yellow, pour into the empty mixing bowl and pick another primary colour red and add to the yellow and stir.  Ask them to observe how the colour change into a secondary colour orange. 

5. As they continue to mix colours, ask children to observe the changes in colours and discuss the new colours they create through mixing.

These activities not only make learning about colours enjoyable but also foster creativity, fine motor skills, and cognitive development in children.