Color Wheel Spinners
Teach your elementary or middle school students the theory of color as well as how to mix secondary and tertiaries. These interactive color wheel spinners come with 9 different versions. This will give you the greatest amount of flexibility in how you chose to work them into your art lessons. Simply color, cut, and join with a metal brad.
Color Wheel Spinners Video
Color Wheel Spinners for Art Lessons
The following spinners are included in this resource:
- Secondary (Unlabeled)
- Secondary (Labeled)
- Tertiary (Labeled)
- Tertiary (Unlabeled)
- Complementary (made up of only Secondaries)
- Complementary (made up of only Tertiaries)
- Tints and Shades
For first grade, I like to give them a labeled bottom portion of the secondary color spinner as well as a pre-drawn top cover. Then, they simply color and assemble it.
My second graders get a pre-drawn top cover, but an unlabeled bottom. I help them half way and they fill in the remainder.
Third grade gets a tertiary color wheel with a plain top. I have them design something related to the color spectrum. This gives them a chance to express their creativity.
Third grade also learns about tints and shades as well as complementary colors (using only the primaries and secondaries). Each pair of colors has a nickname: Christmas (red and green), Mets (orange and blue), and Lakers (yellow and violet). Chunking the information like this helps them remember the 3 pairs. Christmas, Mets, Lakers!
Fourth graders are given a blank tertiary color wheel and they have to color it in themselves. They also expand their knowledge of the complementary colors by learning about the complements of the tertiary colors. Then, I show them that complementary colors can be mixed to make neutrals.
And in fifth grade, they build on their knowledge of color by learning about analogous, monochromatic colors, and tones.
It isn’t until the middle school grades that I touch upon split-complementary colors.
- 1st – 8th
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to understand how to mix primary colors to make secondary and tertiary colors.
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF (Teacher Directions, Step-by-Step Directions, 4 Color Wheel Spinners Templates)
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use on Google Classroom, Google Slides, and Microsoft OneDrive)
My students loved these because they are interactive! – Kendra G
This is great to refresh my older kids on the color wheel while also keeping things interesting. – Allison W.
LOVED this product! The kids enjoyed coloring them in and I really like how it can be adjusted to various grade levels. – Ana S.