Make Paint Swatches by Mixing Colors [with Paint Palette Hack]

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This is a simple painting activity to make paint swatches by mixing colors for kids to see all the different shades of colors!

The boys and I made our own paint swatches to see all the different shades of colors you can make by mixing just two colors.

We’ve done plenty of activities for mixing primary colors to see what secondary colors they make, but we’ve never looked at the different shades of colors.

Before getting into the activity, I want to share with you a new partner I’m working with this year that I’m so proud to be associated with… JCPenney! JCPenney has always been a staple store in my life, from childhood through now. It has always ‘fit my life’ in price and what I’m looking for.

I found this egg tray at JCPenney that will be perfect for summer get-togethers and birthday parties when I make my ever-so-famous [ha!] deviled eggs.

But I also realized its going to be so nifty to use as a paint palette for the kids!

Use an egg tray as a paint palette for kids to mix colors

Make paint swatches by mixing colors for kids to see the different shades of colors!

What shades can be made from just two colors?

I cut a piece of scrapbook paper, 12×12 inches [one of my recommended craft supplies that I always have on hand], into three strips so that they’d look like those paint swatches you find in paint stores. I also thought this was a much more manageable size to paint than a whole piece of paper.

Then the boys each picked two colors that they’d want to mix together.

Henry chose yellow and blue, and George chose blue and red. We used our favorite paints.

Perfect.

I then made lines on George’s paper to split it into five sections.

Henry watched how and he did it on his paper as well.

I made my own paint swatch along with them.

I explained to them how to mix the colors together. On the ends of the paper it’s just the straight color, the one next to that is the same color with just a tad bit of the other color mixed in, and in the middle they’re mixed equally together.

Make paint swatches by mixing colors for kids to see the different shades of colors!

Mixing colors for kids to see the different shades of colors!

This was actually really hard to explain, which is why I painted alongside them.

Mixing colors for kids to see the different shades of just two colors!

Henry first understood it to paint the colors separately in each section… and didn’t catch to actually mix them together first.

Paint swatches -- Mixing colors for kids to see the different shades of just two colors!

But that got straightened out quickly enough.

I tried showing him how to mix it in our new-found color palette, but it was easier for him to do it the way he first did and then just mix them together on the paper itself.

Paint swatches -- Mixing colors for kids to see the different shades of just two colors!

George didn’t grasp the concept of the shades of colors so his paint swatch looked a little different.

Mixing colors for kids to see the different shades

He ended up with different shades of the colors, but not intentionally, and not in any order.

Simple painting activity to make paint swatches by mixing colors for kids to see the different shades of colors! What shades can be made from just two colors?

I am so excited about using the egg tray for painting! This will be so much better than in a cake pan like we usually do. And the sections are just the right size, not too big that it wastes a lot of paint.

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Comments

  1. Sabrina says

    My favorite lifer hack is always keeping granolas bars in the cars, very handy when you have little kids.

  2. mickeyfan says

    Fill empty half gallon milk jugs with water and freeze. They last a long time in a cooler and don’t make everything wet. (Plus, in a pinch, you can drink the water when it thaws)

  3. Tiffany Banks says

    I am horrible at doing my daughter’s hair & she always seems to want a bun in her hair. SO to help for my bun I cut an old sock & put the sock in her hair & wrapped her hair around the sock & NOW we have a perfect bun! #LifeHack

  4. Gina M says

    My summer lifehack is to make up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and freeze them for an easy make-ahead lunch option for my son.

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  5. says

    I save all of the butts of our loaves of bread in the freezer. Then one day, the kids and I will cook up a TON of french toast and freeze them. Then, not only do they have fun cooking with me, we have meals and meals of delicious french toast ready for quick breakfasts!

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