Spy Glass Color Wheel
What you will make:
Use red, blue and yellow cellophane to make a color wheel that
teaches kids about combining the primary colors. Have your child see how many
colors can be made by overlapping the colored cellophane layers. For even
more colors, the color wheel doubles as a spy glass that your child can
look through to see the colors of things change.
This craft is well-suited for family, group or classroom
craft time, and with preparation by the adult or teen leader, can be used
with younger children.
Related craft: For more fun with colored cellophane,
Multicolor Binoculars craft project.
Here's what you need:
- Scrap paper
- Cellophane: red, blue and yellow
- 1" or larger circle punch
- Hole punch
- Paper fastener
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Spy Glass Color Wheel
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Gather the materials needed for making the color wheel. If you
are doing this project with a group of young children, pre-cut the
cardstock and cellophane.
- Step 2: Make a Pattern
Cut a 2" by 3" piece of scrap paper. Fold the paper in half
lengthwise, then unfold. Use the 1" circle punch to punch a
circle in the center about ½" from the top. With the paper folded, draw a
larger semi-circle around the hole, then draw a handle shape at the
bottom of the circle. Cut out your pattern and unfold. For a
larger circle punch, increase the paper scrap rectangle
Tip: Make a pattern from cardstock for the
children to share. Some children may have trouble using the paper
- Step 3: Cut and Punch Cardstock
Trace around the pattern six times on cardstock. Cut out each
traced pattern. Try to trace and cut accurately.
Use the circle punch to punch a hole in each piece of cut
cardstock. Use the paper pattern as a guide for where to punch. It
is important that the holes in all the cardstock pieces line up!
- Step 4: Cut Cellophane
Cut out the cellophane pieces. Cut them just smaller than the outside of
your cut pieces, but larger than the punched circle.
- Step 5: Glue
Sandwich a colored piece of cellophane between two pieces of cut
cardstock. Glue together to make a spy glass. Repeat until all
three spy glasses are made.
- Step 6: Assemble
When the spy glass pieces are dry, punch a hole in the center of
the handle end. Be sure to punch each piece in the same place.
Use the first punched spy glass piece as a guide
for the other two.
Stack all the spy glass pieces on top of each other, aligning the
cellophane circles and punched handles. Fasten them together with a
paper fastener to make your color wheel.
How many colors can you make with
different combinations of two layers?
That's it! Your color wheel is complete!
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