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Play Doh Colorwheel Activity


This is a great way to teach the color-wheel for young children. I’m not sure where this lesson originated but my typewritten copy is by Lois Ann Lynn from Rosamond, UT. Thank you Lynn!

Print out the Color Wheel Chart PDF and photocopy onto card stock. Each container of Play-Doh yields about 30 pieces (this is dependent on how big you make the balls. I would try for the size of a red grape).

Each child receives a color wheel sheet plus 3 balls of Play-Doh. Place the yellow ball on the “yellow” on the colorwheel. Do the same for the red and blue. If you are working with very young children who don’t know how to read, you can place the balls on the sheets for them.

Pinch off a piece of the red ball and a piece from the yellow ball and squeeze, squish and roll together. You’ll know whether you are on the right track by the squeals of delight from the kids.

Once the color is created, place that color ball on the space between the two colors that made it.

Repeat with the other colors.

Press the finished pieces onto the card stock to dry.

Color Wheel Activity Sheet


  1. this is so wonderful…. can’t wait to try this with young students that I work with

    Kara Sabatella

    February 2, 2016

  2. Thank you so much. This will help especially with my little ones who LOVE Play Doh!

    Donna Freeman

    February 3, 2016

  3. What an awesome extension for our color wheel unit! I love bringing in different mediums!

    Emilie Parry

    February 3, 2016

  4. I have been doing this with Model Magic for years and it is a real favorite with the younger grades. You can also include tinting and shading with white and black.

    Terri Foley

    February 10, 2016

  5. Is this a permanent project? Does the when the play-doh dries does it stick to the paper? I’m looking something good for Kindergarten but that they could also bring home.

    Brenda I Weiskopf

    September 16, 2016

    • Nevermind. I just saw the last step. Just wondering how it sticks after it dries. 🙂

      Brenda I Weiskopf

      September 16, 2016

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