I always start the Kindergarten color wheel project by showing the wonderful OKGO's music video "Three Primary Colors." I take any opportunity I have to show students music videos by OKGO. They are brilliant. This song gets stuck in my head for weeks every time I watch it which hopefully means that it gets stuck in the Kindergartener's heads too!
Next, we used watercolors to paint in the three 'corners' (every other slice) with the three primary colors: red, blue and yellow.
TO fill in the other three slices, we mixed our paints together to create the secondary colors: purple, green and orange.
Our next step was definitely the most tricky for the students, which is why I am super thankful that I thought to have them start with pencil BEFORE painting with black.
I showed them how to draw the spiderweb design by starting with one color slice at a time. Look at the slice so that it is pointing upward and draw about 5 hills that go from one side of the slice to the other. Continue this for each color slice.
Some students figured this out right away but there were quite a few who really struggled with making these hill shapes and making sure they went all the way across each color slice.
After I helped everyone get their hills correct, we used black tempera paint to paint the straight lines that separate each slice and to paint over the hills.
To create the spiders, they cut out two ovals of brown paper for the head and abdomen and then used markers to draw texture, glued them on the web, and drew their 8 legs. Students could make as many spiders as they wanted. Some students did only 1, while others make like 7 spiders.
They turned out pretty cute overall. If I do this project again though I will come up with a different way to make the spiders probably.