Kindergarten Color Mixing Lesson Plan Example

Topic: Colors and their mixing

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to name and identify the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) and understand the concept of mixing colors to create new colors.


  • A variety of colored pencils, markers, or crayons
  • White paper
  • Small cups or glasses


  • Ask students if they know what colors are. Allow a few students to provide examples of colors they know (e.g. red, yellow, blue).
  • Ask students if they have ever seen colors mix together before. Allow a few students to provide examples of colors that might be created by mixing colors (e.g. orange, green).

Direct Instruction

  • Show students a few small colored balls or pellets and ask them to guess what colors they are.
  • Mix the colors together in a cup or small container and ask students to predict what colors will be created.
  • Pour the mixed colors out onto a paper plate or small tray and allow students to observe the new colors that were created.

Guided Practice

  • Provide students with colored pencils and paper and have them draw a picture of the mixed colors they created.
  • Have students share their drawings with the class and discuss how the colors they mixed together created new colors.

Independent Practice

  • Provide students with colored pencils, colored construction paper, and markers, and have them experiment with mixing colors on their own.
  • Encourage students to try different colors and mix enough colors to create a small collage.
  • Have students glue their collages down onto their paper and label each color they used to create their collage.


  • Have students share their collages with the class and explain how they mixed the colors to create their collage.
  • Review the concept of color mixing and ask students to give examples of colors they mixed together to create their collage.


  • Observe students during independent practice to see if they are able to mix the correct colors to create their collages.
  • Collect and review the collages to assess each student's understanding of color mixing.

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