Delicious Color Wheel Pizzas in Grade Two

Happy New Year everyone!

Try this fun lesson with your kids to help them learn about primary and secondary colors. By making this yummy color wheel pizza, they will learn color theory in a flash.

Cut out some circle shapes from cardboard for your students and have these ready on the day of your lesson. While you are at it, gather a whole bunch of different colored paper, yarn, craft sticks, etc.. and put them in a tray for each table. These will become the pizza ‘toppings’.


Talk about primary colors and how a color wheel is important.  Explain to your students that they will be creating a very delicious color wheel pizza divided into primary and secondary slices with yummy colorful toppings. Give each child their own ‘pizza’ circle  and help them divide it into six  parts or slices.  I didn’t use a ruler for this and instead had my kids go free hand.

Next, have them choose one slice to color in with one primary color, then leave a space, another primary color and so on. We used crayons. When all three primary colors are finished, have your students fill in the secondary colors–this is assuming you have already practiced mixing colors in previous lessons.

Once all the colors are filled, it’s time for the delicious toppings! Remind the kids that the toppings have to match the slice color. Give out some scrap paper for them to draw other toppings such as mushrooms, pepperoni and color them according to their slice color. The sky is the limit!


Finally, give out glitter and watch them go wild as they sprinkle ‘cheese’ as the finishing touch.

Very delicious don’t you agree?

Color Wheels

Grade one color wheel

Grade one color wheel

Teaching how a color wheel works is fun for kids and it teaches primary and secondary colors. I decided that all of my grades would make different kinds of color wheels. I am big on displays so I thought that it would look lovely for a final display.

Essentially, a color wheel is a tool to visually see the postion of the primary colors and the secondary colors which are mixed from  red, yellow and blue. Experiment beforehand with this and have your students mix, mix mix! They love this and it’s important for them to get as much hands on experience because you learn so much more from DOING!

After the kids have mixed, explored and discovered,  they are ready to make their own color wheels. Here are some samples of some of the color wheel my students made. Grade one made theirs the following way. I gave out pre- cut cardboard circles and then gave out a 9 x 12 piece of white paper which the students folded into 6 sections. Their instructions were to draw 3 identical shapes and paint them with the primary colors.  The shapes needed to be simple with no details and just an outline. Then they made an outline of three other identical shapes. Their challenge was to make the secondary colors by mixing two primary colors together. They needed to make 3 new colors. I gave out plastic plates with some red, yellow and blue paint. Tip: plastic plates can be washed an re- used again and again!

They collected their water container, paint brush and protective paper for the table. It’s good to remind the students that they must keep their three colors ‘clean’ and can mix colors on another part of their plate. They must remember to wash their brush between colors using their water cup and dry their brush on the protective paper before mixing or changing colors. This is a routine that needs to be done over and over till they get it and it’s automatic.

Once they made their new colors (green, orange and purple), they painted their remaining shapes. I then gave out their cardboard circles and they made some lines on them for divisions and painted them in using black and white. When everything was dry, they glued their ‘primary color’ shapes at the 12 , 3 and 9 o’clock marks on their circles and the secondary colors inbetween the primary colors. Then they glued yarn between the primary and secondary colors.

With my grade two class we made color wheel pizzas. These were a lot of fun and the kids loved doing them. They also looked stunning once they were finished and displayed. See my display page for ideas. Anyway, after the kids experimented mixing colors and could tell me how to make the secondary colors,  I gave them a giant pre-cut cardboard circle which they divied up into 6 sections. They colored the primary colors and secondary color sections with crayon and then had to fill in each section with ‘toppings’ which were different kinds of paper and magazine cut outs for each color. They brought in from home other toppings such as balloons, wrapping paper etc.. When they were finished , the students sprinkled each section with glitter ‘cheese’. The end result was gorgeous and delicious!

Starting with the primary colors

Starting with the primary colors

Adding the toppings

Adding the toppings

 

Gorgeous results!

Gorgeous results!