Colour Activities!

13 Sep

I can see a rainbow…

 

Colour Tablets (A Montessori Lesson)

  • Colour Tablets are a Montessori material that introduce children to colours. They are usually used in the Casa classroom (ages 3-6).Here’s a brief explanation (I didn’t know that Dr. Montessori originally used spools of silk!).
  • There are many DIY instructions online (most using paint chips). That link from Living Montessori Now also includes a video showing how to introduce the tablets as well. Love that site! Another simple DIY link here.

 

Colour Sorting Activities (Easy to DIY)

Colour sorting activities are easy to make using things found around the house.

 

 

Make your own Colour Booklet

  • Materials: Colour labels, scissors, glue, index cards, stapler.
  • I just used leftover paper seating cards (I’m a big fan of using whatever I have in the house!) and stapled them together. Then I cut the labels to fit and glued one at the top of each card.
  • We went through a couple of the colours that Freestyle was already familiar with and she named the colour, found the matching crayon, and coloured the card.
  • We’ll continue to do a couple whenever she wants to work on it.
  • It becomes a book to add to your library that she can “read” to us to review the colours. She was very proud to do this!

 

Colour Collage (our favourite!)

 

  • Materials: Coloured construction paper, flyers, scissors, glue.
  • Write “green” (or whatever colour you’ve chosen to start with) on the paper. Ask your child to point out green things in the flyers. Cut them out for her and show her how to glue them on the paper.
  • Freestyle learned to use a gluestick, which she LOVED.
  • I would show Freestyle pages with green vegetables and fruit so I could name them for her and talk about healthy food and introduce/review their names.
  • This activity had Freestyle visually isolating the colour green from the rest of the colourful page.
  • I liked that this showed Freestyle that there are different shades of green and pointed out that not everything will always be a solid green colour (introducing ambiguity).
  • I feel that this was her first introduction to using scissors (watching me).
  • For older kids, they can do this activity on their own on a rainy day. You can show them to layer the pictures to make a real collage.

Freestyle truly LOVED this activity!

 

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2 Responses to “Colour Activities!”

  1. the full monte(ssori) September 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    3-6 yr olds need to move… This is a great primer for parents, but would you consider adding some information on matching objects from the environment to color tablets/paint chips? It is also a great exercise for retaining abstract concepts, since the child has to leave the color tablet behind and go in search of something of that color based only on the concept of the color he has in his mind.

    • Montessori Motherload September 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      That is a GREAT idea. You’re absolutely right that children need to move. I remember what a good memory exercise it was for students in my class to go find materials based on command cards or instructions. Thanks for the reminder. If I think of/find more colour activities that involve movement, I’ll post them up here! Thanks for the comment!

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