The Color Wheel

the color wheel

I love days that go by easily. Today, was such a day. What a blessing these easy days are, when the kids do what is required without a word from me to remind them of their studies.

Art time today was simple, a review of color and how our eyes perceive color. We discussed what primary colors are, secondary colors and tertiary colors. They best way to learn about color is to break out the 3 primary colors and set to work!


First I started with a piece of white construction paper. Then I grabbed a dessert plate and traced it face down onto the paper. Next, I used a 80z. ramekin to draw the circle in the middle. You can use a compass, I just couldn’t find mine.  Then using a ruler make 12 spaces to paint your colors. I even took the time to write the 3 primary colors on the color chart to make it easier on my kids. If one starts with 3 primaries, one will get 3 secondaries and then 6 tertiaries giving us a total of 12 colors.

paint selection

You can use any kind of paint you have on hand. We used acrylic for our color wheels. But the main thing is you need to make sure you are using true primary colors to achieve correct colors when mixing. You don’t want to end up with brown when you are trying to make purple.


I must admit, I love having the kids use acrylic paint, they are less messy with it. There are no drips! You just have to make sure they have play clothes on.


No matter what age, this is a fun lesson to do.


 Since primary colors are colors that can not be made from other colors they are primary- red, blue, and yellow. Next we talk about secondary colors. They are a mixture of the primary colors. about a 50:50 ratio to achieve orange, green and purple (or violet).


Finally we talk about tertiary colors. When secondary colors mix with their adjacent primary colors we have a tertiary color- red-orange, red-purple, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple.


A simple yet educational lesson on color. The best part is, now that you have a color wheel you can easily talk about complimentary colors, monochromatic colors, cool colors, and hot colors.

So what is a complementary color? It is 2 colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel, like yellow and purple, red and green, orange and blue.

What is monochromatic color? They are colors that neighbor each other on the color wheel. Like yellow to green, or various shades of red.

What are cool colors? Well those are colors that are considered calming, like blues and greens.

What are hot colors? Reds, oranges and sometimes yellow can be considered hot, or high energy colors. Think about a fast food restaurant, what colors do most of them use? Reds and oranges and yellows. They want you to come in and out in a hurry. That’s way fast food restaurants use these colors, they don’t want you hanging out.


Almost done and looking great!


You can cut out your wheel if you like or leave it as is.


This little Peanut made a happy face too!

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Next time during art we will talk about color value!


Painted Pots Craft

painted clay pots

This is an all time favorite craft of ours as we prepare for Spring! The warmer weather and the green  leaves and tree blooms coming into bloom. How can you not get excited for spring.

So here is what I did with a group of boys. I pulled out my acrylic paints and paint brushes and had them wear their play clothes and let them have at it! It was simple and FUN!!!

Painting pots

I love how these sweet boys painted their little pots while thinking of mom!

This is also a great project for kids to do for Mother’s day or Grandparent’s Day.


Who won’t want to receive a hand painted gift from this little guy!


I just loved watching them focus on their work.


Next comes filling the pots with dirt and plants!


Simple, but pretty. Any child would be proud to give this as a gift, or grace the front porch of their home with on of these!


I love how different they all turned out.


And so are these little guys!

Happy Spring!

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“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18



Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

favorite sugar cookie recipe
We are continuing “S” week. We made our Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe. Then used the S cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Now, like most families, we have a series of Family Favorites. This recipe is nothing short of that. It is a super simple recipe with a short list of ingredients which make the Classic Sugar cookie taste that  I love. This is the same recipe I used 4 years ago to make mass quantities for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas. I sold my packaged cookies to a coffee shop in my home town and would sell out in a day or two. It is a good recipe that I am happy to share with you all.
(Sorry for the terrible pictures, this was all I had for this.)
1 1/2 cups Butter
2 cups Sugar
4 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
5 cups of All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then have your cookie sheets ready. (There is no need to grease them.)
In Kitchen Aid cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.


Then add one egg at a time mixing until each egg is incorporated before adding the next. Then add vanilla.
Then add all the dry ingredients and push down dough in mixer as needed.
This preschooler is a pro at 3 years of age!


It is so great to see young children comfortable using kitchen appliances.
Your dough will be shaggy. You will need to wrap it in some plastic wrap put in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
I like to start this project with my toddler in the morning that way in the afternoon at activity time we have the dough ready to roll and cut.
Also, once dough is chilled feel free to split into 3 parts and freeze 2 of the batches. I do like to do this activity once a week using the letter of the week cookie cutter.
Then help your toddler roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness and let her cut out her “S” cookies.
I love to see little hands at work in the kitchen.


Place all cookies on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.


Then let cool on cooling rack. Then comes frosting time!
My favorite frosting for these sugar cookies is my Royal Icing.
Here’s the recipe for that;
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 Teaspoon Clear Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Corn Syrup (for sheen, optional)
5 tablespoons of milk
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl with a small whisk or fork. Make sure icing is not too runny; if it is runny, add some more powdered sugar. You don’t want the icing dropping off the cookies. Then with a small offset spatula (or an tongue depressor for your toddler) spread icing on cookies.
Add sprinkles if you like to the cookies and enjoy!


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