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.