At Mums NI, we believe that education starts at home. We, as parents, are our children's Primary Educators. Together, we can inspire young minds and make learning fun!
In this Fun Facts Friday, we are looking at the world of colours. Colours are everywhere so get your little ones and settle down for this colourific mission to find out what they are.
What is a colour wheel? How do colours mix? What are warm/cool colours?
Lets find out . . .
This is a colour wheel. It shows the relationships between colours:
Primary (centre triangle of colours)
Secondary (middle layer of colours)
Tertiary (outer ring of colours).
Primary Colours are yellow, red and blue. These are the only colours that cannot be made by mixing other colours. Primary colours are located in the centre of the colour wheel.
Secondary Colours are orange, green and purple. These are made up by mixing two primary colours together to get a new colour.
Orange - made by mixing yellow and red
Green - made by mixing blue and yellow
Purple - made by mixing blue and red
On the colour wheel, secondary colours are located between the primary colours they are made from.
Tertiary Colours are colours made up by mixing a primary colour with an adjacent secondary colour. They are located on the outer ring of the colour wheel
There are 6 tertiary colours:
red-orange - made by mixing primary red with secondary orange
red-violet (purple) - made by mixing primary red with secondary purple
yellow-green - made by mixing primary yellow with secondary green
yellow-orange - made by mixing primary yellow with secondary orange
blue-green - made by mixing primary blue with seondary green
blue-violet (purple) - made by mixing primary blue with secondary purple
If you need to make black paint all you need to do is mix equal parts of the 3 primary colours - yellow, red and blue. If you need a darker shade of black, add more blue.
Complimentary Colours are colours which are opposite each other on the colour wheel:
Red and Green (mixed together make brown)
Orange and Blue (mixed together makes brown)
Yellow and Purple (mixed together makes brown)
Warm Colours are red, yellow and orange hues. They make you feel warm and cosy. Think of a firey livingroom fire in the winter or your christmas decorations. Do they make you feel cosy? Now think of a volcano erupting with red, orange and yellow lava - can you feel the heat?
Cool Colours are green, blue and purple hues. They make you feel calm and relaxed, but can also make you feel cold. Think about swimming in the blue ocean, does it make you cold? What about a snowy green tree? brrrr!
Neutral Colours are also known as Earth Tones and don't show up on the colour wheel. They are black, white, grey, brown and beige. Think about stones, rocks, sand and dirt - they are neutral earthy colours.
What's your favourite colour? Research has been carried out and shows that the most favoured colour is blue. It's my favourite too.
Ask your friends and family what their favourite is. How many of them say blue?
Get your child to express their creative side with a colouful picture and share it with us. They might just win a little prize.