Beginning color theory is all about mixing colors to obtain new shades. As children are naturally attracted to bright colors, the light table is an exciting tool to help them understand color theory!
It’s a bright and beautiful world, and children love bold colors. Recognizing the colors and identifying the color names is an important marker of a child’s development. Did you know there’s also a literary component? Identification of colors helps children strengthen the cognitive link between visual clues and words.
Introducing Color Theory
Introduce the material with a good book. It is a great way to give the students a head start. There are a number of amazing books for preschoolers on color theory! Try any of these:
- Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
- White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
- Mix It Up by Herve Tullet
- Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Make sure to give the children access to the books at your light table center so that they can revisit and recreate the book!
For this activity, you’ll want as many transparent primary colored materials as possible. We used:
However, there are many more resources you can use. If it’s transparent and a primary color, it’s perfect for this activity! For example, these cellophane sheets are an economical choice.
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And here is an entire 10 day unit on Color – just print and teach!