Yarn Color Wheel

Yarn Color Wheel

This is a project this kids and I did last fall. It was orginally post on Wee Folk Activities Oct 12, 2009. We used yarn but scraps of tissue paper or construction paper would work as well.

For this week’s Unplugged Challenge theme Wheel, we made fuzzy yarn color wheels. We started by reading one of our favorite books, Mouse Paint.

We’ve done a Mouse Paint project in the past, so I wanted to do something different this time around. Since my kiddos are part hamster (they love to shred, cut, rip little bits) we took scraps of yarn and cut them up into little bits to make our color wheel.

After we cut up the yarn into little bits, we sorted them into the color piles.

I then took paper plates (regular card stock with a circle template would work too) and cut out the center circle.

I found the center of the circle and then used a ruler to divide the plate into 6 equal pieces.

The kids covered the plate with a liberal amount of glue and started with placing the primary colors in every other piece. They then went back and filled in the secondary colors.

Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art


  1. We did something like this when we were learning about primary and secondary colors. We dipped cotton balls in paint on “glued” them on a paper plate with the paint. Messy, messy, messy! But when it dried – which took 3 days – it looked great. We refer back to the color wheel whenever we talk color. They are now learning about complimentary colors. Very easy to see on a color wheel. I love your fiber color wheel. Such pretty yarns.

  2. My kindergarten art students will love this! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

  3. I am going to use this to help kindergarten and first graders learn about the color wheel through play. Thanks so much!

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