Science of Colour activities for kids!

Here’s the lowdown on another fresh batch of Awesome Activities for our eager AQUILAnauts! Come and join in the colourful fun!

Write a Colourful Story

Some of the phrases we use in everyday life are straight-up bananas! If you told a friend that you were caught red-handed and your mum screamed blue murder, which made you feel green around the gills, your friend would understand what you meant. But why does it make sense? These phrases have all come from somewhere, but what if they had a new back story? Our January issue is all about the Science of Colour, so we thought we’d think up some phrases that include specific colours in them, do a bit of research, and maybe, re-write history a little bit! So, get your thinking cap on and get ready for some blue-sky thinking, with our colourful story-writing activity, here. But please, no blue language!  

What’s in a (paint) name?

There’s some arty fun to be had with this next activity! Picture the scene: you’re a paint mixologist (is that a thing? Ed) at a paint manufacturer and you’ve been tasked with creating nine new colours AND giving them totally unique and memorable names to ultimately sell and be featured in Top Paint with Weird Names Digest Weekly. Um, again, is that a thing? No. But for the purposes of this activity, YES! What will you create, an ‘inner earlobe pink’? A ‘hotter than the sun orange-yellow-red’?! We can’t wait to see what you paint wizards come up with! Check it out, over here! 

Make a Marvellous Mood Board

Next up, we’re blowing our creative brains wide open and assembling the fallout onto a mood board! (Sounds unpleasant, but sure. Ed). Imagine you’re working at a theme park (FUN!), design the ‘look’ and ‘feel’ of a river rapids ride and arrange your ideas onto a mood board. Think about any ride you’ve ever been on and how the sights and sounds contribute to the theme and experience you’ve had. Did the smell and vivid colours of real plants and foliage make the lurking diplodocus come to life? Did the glittering lights against the pitch-black expanse transport you into deep space? Your ride (it doesn’t have to be a river rapids!) needs some thought – and a mood board is the perfect place to arrange these in one spot. Click here to get going!

Boats on Eftelings Rapid River Pirana - Stefan Scheer, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Making a Colour Map of your Neighbourhood

In our Science of Colour issue, we gave our readers 31 Days of Colourful Fun to complete! Day 14’s challenge involved making a colour map – that is, a map like no other! (Combining a lovely walk with art AND honing those observation skills? Sounds like classic AQUILA trickery to me! Ed). You caught us! It is good fun though – pick a single colour and plot the first thing you notice in that colour on your map, and then move to the next, and the next, and so on, allll the way home again! I bet you’ve never noticed the yellow sunflower stickers on next door’s bin, or the yellow bananas on number 42’s windowsill, OR the new yellow swings at the local park! 

Elemental Fashion

Has anyone ever told you certain colours suit you? Maybe blue brings out your eyes or the colours and shades of different seasons just seem to work for your skin tone? It’s always nice to receive a compliment! There is a way, however, of figuring this stuff out at home, and giving yourself that boost we all need from time to time. Feeling good about yourself is great – and this activity, though we’re sure you look FABULOUS whatever you wear, will help you figure out which element you are – Earth, wind, water or fire! Have fun with it, right here!

The Ice Prison Illustrated by Liv Bergman in The Science of Colour issue

Make a Monochromatic Artwork like Pablo Picasso

Expression is the name of the game with this one! What do different colours mean to you? Red is usually associated with anger, passion or danger. Yellow has a sunny reputation (I mean, it’s easy to see why). Green, glorious green, is all about the natural world. Blue though? Despite the sky and the sea it has kind of sad connotations – you’ve heard of ‘feeling blue’, right? Pablo Picasso certainly didn’t feel cheered by the colour blue, but rather used it fairly exclusively during his aptly named Blue Period. Colours can mean different things to different people – what do they mean to you? We’d love you to create some artwork using just one colour – just let it all out! Express yo’self, with this arty challenge. 

Pablo Picasso, 1901-02, Femme aux Bras Croisés, Woman with Folded Arms (Madchenbildnis)

We hope you’ve enjoyed these brand new activities and stay tuned, there’s a whole year of fun ahead! Woohoo! And, if you want more fabulous fun just like this, subscribe to AQUILA today! 

Words: Jennifer Newton-Brown