Vermilion, Chartreuse, Violet, Teal, Magenta, and Amber: Learn How to Generate These Tertiary Colors

Mack Loves Color teaches kids about what a color wheel is and how it works.

Mack Loves Color teaches kids about what a color wheel is and how it works.

Do you know what is the difference between purple, violet, and magenta? Do you know how vermilion and chartreuse look like? I couldn’t answer any of these questions prior to playing with the app Mack Loves Color, but now, I’m grateful that my kids know about these tertiary colors as well.

Vermilion, chartreuse, violet, teal, magenta, and amber are all tertiary colors in the RYB color model. Before you can generate a tertiary color, you need to understand about primary and secondary colors, and how they are positioned in the color wheel. You work your way down by mixing two primary colors to generate a secondary color; for example, mixing red and blue will yield purple. Putting the secondary colors in between their corresponding primary colors will get you a color wheel that looks like this:

red - orange - yellow - green - blue - purple - red

To generate a tertiary color, you need to mix a primary color with a secondary color adjacent to it. For example, mixing red and orange will yield amber. Here’s a complete list of the tertiary colors in RYB color model:

red + orange = vermilion
orange + yellow = amber
yellow + green = chartreuse
green + blue = teal
blue + purple = violet
purple + red = magenta

Mack Loves Color teaches you all this information, as well as the concept of complementary colors, and how you would mix them all to create the color brown.

Read, Guess, and Mix

There are three different activities in Mack Loves Color. The first is to read an interactive storybook involving Mack, Melody, and Carlton Meowsworth. The second activity is the Color Quiz, in which you pick an object that matches the required color. You can also play with your own Color Mixer, which allows you to mix two colors together and discover what new color you come up with.

All three activities are related to the bird sanctuary discussed in the storybook. As Mack and his friends visit the sanctuary, they realize that the birds are missing. There are six birds you need to find: one for each of the primary and secondary colors. For example, a duckling for yellow and a peacock for blue. The other birds include cardinal for red, oriole for orange, hummingbird for purple, and parrot for green.

When you tap on a missing bird, you will encounter an interactive short story. In each story, you must identify objects of a particular color. Solving this problem will lead you to find the missing bird. For example, when you tap the missing cardinal, you will encounter various red objects: a firefighter, a red hat, a stop sign, and a firetruck.

Parents Need to Know

Mack Loves Color is a great app for kids ages 2 and up to learn more about colors, especially about the RYB color model. The RYB color model is different from the RGB color model; it is more commonly used in art, design, and painting. Since kids are commonly taught to draw, paint, and color, the RYB model is a nice fit.

To make sure that kids truly understand about the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors in the RYB model, the app offers a way to mix two colors to generate a new color. They can mix two primary colors -- one primary and one secondary -- or two complementing colors. They can retry this for as often as they need to fully understand the concept.

Mack Loves Color works great in Airplane mode. It doesn’t include any third-party apps, in-app purchases, or links to social networks. The story is well narrated and fully captioned, making it accessible even for kids who are still learning how to read. If your kids want more hands-on action, make sure you download the free printables on the developer’s website.

Mack Loves Color allows kids to practice identifying colors through interactive stories

Mack Loves Color allows kids to practice identifying colors through interactive stories

Things I Like

In addition to introducing me and my kids to the tertiary colors in the RYB color model, Mack Loves Color has shown us plenty of fun facts. These facts are related to the birds in the sanctuary and other objects scattered through the storybook. For example, we learned that only the male peacocks have colorful tails.

Mack Loves Color is not only great for introducing kids to the RYB color model, but also to the knowledge surrounding these colorful birds. Kids always love to learn about fun animal or life science facts, and this app has some great ones.

Take the Color Quiz to test your ability in identifying colors

Take the Color Quiz to test your ability in identifying colors

Conclusion

Mack Loves Color is a fun way to learn about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors in the RYB color model. The app uses interactive stories about birds, to test your ability to identify colors. In addition to learning about color mixes, you'll also pick up fun science facts.

App was provided for our honest review.

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