Gizmo and I are still attempting a few Montessori lessons. Today I wanted to talk a little about the color tablets that I made for her and also a set of classified cards I put together.
For this set of classified cards I cut pictures out of old magazines and glued them onto cut up cereal boxes. I sealed them with a mixture of half glue, half water. First I looked for pictures to represent categories and then I looked for the smaller pictures that went with each category. We have a category for Winter, the Beach, a Garden, a Kitchen, a Bathroom, a Bedroom, a Living room and a Playroom.
This is a close up of our Winter set. the first time we used these I had to lay the cards out myself and show how to put the cards in the category they went into. Gizmo still likes me to do these with her but she knows where all of the cards go on her own. This is one of her favorite Montessori activities besides pouring beans so far.
I love the DIY color tablets that I’ve seen around the net. These are usually made with paint samples and thin strips of wood. I wanted to try painting my own though and I used a material that we have in abundance, canvas stretchers. Box 1 was the easiest to make because all I had to do was use paint straight from a tube. I used acrylic paints and also painted the ends of the canvas stretchers white.
For Box 2 added orange and purple to the primary colors. These had to be mixed up and I’m not really in love with the results that I got.
For Box 3 I added a teal color and a couple drops of white to get to the variations of the colors. If you chose to paint your own and are going to mix some of the colors you really need to do all of the boxes at once. This is what I did and that made having the same shades in all of the boxes possible. The tablets in box 3 are numbered in back for self checking. I did not make the 11 colors that are usally presented in a Box 3 set. I may add more colors later but we are still on box 2 so I have a little time to think about that.
There are a lot of examples of how to make color tablets so I would recommend looking at everything out there before deciding which way to go if you want to try your hand at this. Montessori Helper has a very helpful roundup list with many links for this. For more information on what each box of color tablets consists of and on how to present color tablets you can look here.
Would you like to see what we will be sharing this week?
Wednesday: Having fun with Pointillisim
Friday: Fun Snowman Window Stickers
And starting Monday we will have lots of ideas for activities you can do with your child during their Christmas vacation. I’ve had a lot of thinking to do on this because the kid is very ready for Christmas but not looking forward to having three weeks off of school!