Friday, June 25, 2010

Homemade Montessori Color Tablet Game For Three Year Olds - Handmade Montessori Materials

The first time I saw Hannah's Color Spools at Handmade Childhood
I KNEW I needed to make a set for me... um...I mean, for my own girls.

Just look at them... they had me at hello.

Beautiful wood.
Color Spectrum. 
Paint Chips

What could be more perfect for me....
I mean, for my daughters of course!

"C" and I ventured out to our local Lowes hardware store and found these beautiful
red Oak sticks that my sweet hubby cut into 3" blocks for us with his saw.

Then the girls and I spent several afternoons sanding the ends with little sanding blocks
while playing in the sunshine on our deck.

The girls did not have much patience for extended sanding so mama (and daddy) did most of it!

Then, we cut up some paint samples and mama got down with her
mod-podgey self and here you have the results.

UPDATE: Great questions from your comments... So, What to do with your tablets?
Montessori Color Tablets are usually used with 2.5 - 3 year olds.

1. Sort them from Darkest to Lightest.... or lightest to darkest.

Here is an eHow Article on how to use Montessori Color Tablets.

Here's another article on how to present them to a Montessori Student.

2. Teach Color Recognition. 
Name your colors (great way to teach toddlers colors)

3. Teach color theory - make a color wheel.
Red, Blue, Yellow  are the primary or FIRST colors....
Then, Orange, Green, and Purple are the secondary or SECOND colors
made from the first colors. 
My oldest daughter calls it "Color Math"

4. Make a Color EYE-Spy Game or Scavenger Hunt
Take a color tablet (or two, or three) with you and go on a scavenger hunt to find 
colors that match in the yard and garden, at the store, in the fridge, in the playroom.

5. Match your colors to your toddler's favorite books, clothes, or toys.

6. Try to mix the colors. 
(finger paint, washable tempera, or play dough)

Hope this helps to get you started!

We sure do like thinking we may need to make some more!

Wishing you and your family
a weekend filled with Rainbows!

pink and green mama

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