Color Mixing Tissue Paper Hearts

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Hi, I am Jamie from Handmade Kids Art. I help busy parents and caregivers like you find time to raise creative kids through STEAM activities. STEAM is the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The inclusion of adding Art to the STEM core subjects is essential to encouraging your child’s creative and critical thinking. STEAM activities help support your child’s curiosity, creativity, and innovative thinking. Today I have an easy Color Mixing activity – creating color mixing tissue paper hearts.

(Check out our other Valentine’s Day Guest Post sections: Valentine Crafts for Preschoolers, Valentine Day Treats, Valentine Decorations and Valentine Cards for Kids!)

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This easy heart inspired activity combines Science and Art to help your child explore what happens when the three primary colors are mixed together. Let’s get started!

For Color Mixing, we start with our Primary Colors

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The primary colors, red, yellow and blue, are “special” colors because all the colors of the rainbow are made from these 3 colors.

Red + Yellow = Orange

Yellow + Blue = Green

Blue + Red = Purple

Color Mixing Tissue Paper Hearts – Materials:

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Easy Color Mixing Tissue Paper Hearts How To:

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Step 1: Print out the free printable on white card stock paper or use a white sheet of paper as your canvas.

Step 2: Cut a 4” x 4” square of each color of tissue paper.

Step 3: Stack all three squares on top of each other and fold in half.

Step 4: Draw a half heart along the folded side and cut out the heart shape from all 3 colors.

Step 5: Place the red heart on your paper.  Use a paintbrush to cover the heart with a mixture of glue and water.

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Next place the yellow heart so that it overlaps on top of the red heart. Observe what happens where the two colors overlap.

Ask your child to explain what they see. What happens when the yellow heart overlaps with the red heart?

Continue the activity by overlapping the blue heart over the yellow heart. Once again ask your child what they observe.

Questions to Ask:

  • “What happens when the blue heart overlapped with the yellow?”
  • “What do you think would happen if you overlapped the red and blue hearts?”

Material Tip: We used bleeding tissue paper for this activity. When water is placed on top of the tissue paper the color expands around it. Bleeding tissue paper is a fun way to play and experience color mixing. You may use regular tissue paper for this activity, but you will not get the same color spreading results.

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We framed our heart artwork as a keepsake for Grandma and Grandpa, but you also could make a smaller version and turn it into a Valentine’s Day card.


Here are 3 more fun and easy STEAM activities that you can try today:

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Jamie is a certified Art Instructor and a mother of three. Her website, Hand Made Kids Art, focuses on quick, easy and inspiring STEAM activities to grow creative kids. It doesn’t matter if you only have 5 minutes or 20 minutes, you can find time to create art with your children. You can follow along with her STEAM-filled adventures at Hand Made Kids Art, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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