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Color Table: Color your perception

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Color Table: Color your perception

Look at pictures through different color filters and you'll see them in a new way. People have used color filters in beautiful photography or sending secret messages.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

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Materials List (per student)

  • Several different colors of transparent plastic to use as colored filters, such as colored acetate report covers, colored acrylic plastic from a plastics store, or anything along those lines
  • Assorted colored pictures from magazines, old wall calendars, or other sources
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or colored pens
  • White paper


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
      • Perception
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Reflection and Refraction
      • Sunlight and Color


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