Product plug here: Model Magic Primary Colors are awesome!
For years I had white Model Magic in my room. I used this with first grade to introduce clay and teach primary and secondary colors. The only catch was that the kids had to mix the paint into the clay before we could begin the lesson on making secondary colors. This took an entire class period.
Imagine this: a bunch of small children all take out their model magic from their bag. It’s ooey, gooey, soft marshmallowy goodness. They have to divide up the giant marshmallow thing into three piles and shape them into balls. Then they have to “dip” the first ball into the red paint, mix in the color, wash their hands, repeat the process for the blue paint, and then the yellow. The Principal of our school had to help me clean up the kids after this event. Kids loved it because it’s the best thing when your art teacher and Principal tell you to do this. I also wanted a glass of wine at the end of the day… which is not possible living where we live. Stress!!!
Last year, I was part of the art supply ordering committee, and this experience itself was a game changer for me. I found out many things, among the most important is that you can buy Model Magic already mixed. Sign me up. No stress, no mess. Just fun. The color wheel doesn’t get any easier to teach with this stuff.
And of course, then you get to make stuff out of it, take it home, and make even more stuff.