Since a couple of people have emailed me privately asking specifics about
the edible color wheel, I decided to go on and send this to the group:
This is a simple, yet terrific idea! My hat's off to the person who came up
Before class I scooped out Pillsbury Vanilla frosting into 3 small styrofoam
bowls. I used food coloring to dye them red, blue and yellow. The red was
still sort of pink, but....
(And be aware that some kids are allergic to Red Dye # 40. Most who are
*know* they are, so it might be a good idea to ask before they get going
I had the bowls covered with a paper towel and started the review as normal,
saying we were going to start with color theory. (I've gotten them to sit
in groups of 3 or 4, by the way.)
I asked them to tell me the primary colors. Once identified, I uncovered
the bowls. This got their immediate attention as they weren't sure what it
was at first!
I then asked them what secondary colors were and how they would mix them.
(As I was asking the questions, I was putting globs of each color of
frosting on pieces of saran wrap. Styrofoam plates would have worked
better, but I didn't have any.)
I passed out the saran wrap to each group, craft sticks to each student,
still asking them questions (complementary, analogous, etc.)
Then and only then did I pull out the boxes of Vanilla wafers! And the
light began to dawn!
I just dumped a good-sized handful of cookies (not broken ones) on the paper
towel in the center of each group and told them to work as a team to make a
color wheel. And told them NOT to lick the stick, but to wipe it off on
another piece of paper towel to avoid contaminating the primaries.
It worked out really, really well. After I'd checked each group's wheel,
they were allowed to eat them. And like I said, some clever kids (ha) asked
if they could make tints! And some got very creative making cookies that
were swirly, both complementary colors on one cookie, etc.
I bought a lot more frosting than I needed--I only used about 2 containers
for 50+ kids. On the other hand, I used nearly 3 boxes of cookies, since I
was trying to find unbroken ones.
This activity would be a great intro to color theory and it also served as a
really nice review, too! I did this with my little kids (5th-6th graders)
as well as with my upper school students.
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