SPECIAL MEMORIES – Colour Mixing and Pattern

Students create a colourful frame for a special picture using coffee filters they have coloured with markers and water.

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SPECIAL MEMORIES – Colour Mixing and Pattern


  • Crayola Non-Washable Broad Line Markers - 10 Count
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Coloured Pencils - 12 Count
  • Spray Water Bottle
  • Cardstock Paper - White
  • Coffee Filters - White - 6 per student
  • Cardboard Picture Frame - 1 per student
  • Picture of Student


Step 1
  1. Colour lots of different patterns and colours on about 6 coffee filters.
  2. Try lots of different ways to add colours, for example, use:
    ​- only primary colours
    - only non-primary colours
    - 1 colour
    - 2 colours
    - 3 colours
Step 2
  1. Scrunch the coloured coffee filters into balls.
  2. Place them onto a washable surface, such as a plastic tablecloth or garbage bag.
  3. Spray the coffee filters about 3 times.
  4. Turn the coffee filters over after the first spray to make sure the whole filter gets wet.
Step 3
  1. Gently open each coffee filter and lay it flat to dry.
  2. What do you notice?
    - What kinds of patterns do you see?
    - What happened with the primary colours?
    - What happened with the other colours?
  3. Allow the coffee filters to dry overnight.
Step 4
  1. Cut the coffee filters into 4 quarters.
Step 5
  1. Choose one of the coffee filter quarters.
  2. Pinch the centre and glue the pinched part onto the frame.
  3. Continue gluing the coloured quarters all the way around the frame.
  4. Make sure you fill the entire frame with coloured quarters.
  5. You shouldn’t see any of the frame once you have finished.
Step 6
  1. Practice writing a caption about your picture on a scrap of paper.
  2. Glue your picture onto the top half of a piece of card stock paper.
  3. Write your caption below it.
Step 7
  1. Glue the picture to the back of the frame.
  2. View your frame with fresh eyes.
    - What do you like best about it? Why?
    - Who would love this frame? Why?
    - How does the frame make your picture look?
    - What did you learn about colours while making this frame?
Illustrated Crayon Character