How toMake A Optical Color Mixing Top (PK - 5)
10 steps
What you’ll need
2 per student
Wooden Wheels
Pencil Sharpener
4” or more per student
1/4” Dowel
3 per student
Primary Markers
1 per student
Printable Top Sheet
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This project works with some basic materials - primary colors, wooden components, and a printable.
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Use our printable from the materials page - and use only primary color markers, pencils or crayons.
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Alternate colors - don’t mix or blend. Lay lines and shapes next to each other. Experiment!
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Cut out shapes. Bend so they lay flat (marker will make them curl). Symmetrical shapes work best.
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Use pruning shears (staff only) or coarse hacksaw blades to cut 1/4” dowels. These fit your wheels.
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Cut dowels so they are 4” or shorter. Shorter tops spin better. You can always adjust later.
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Sharpen in a pencil sharpener. You can sharpen both ends for a double sided top!
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Punch through the center of the shape.
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Each shape acts differently - experiment with them!
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Color mixing is subtle. Experiment to see what patterns reveal secondary colors best.
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