Friday 19 October 2012

Montessori Activity: Color Box 3

Age: From 3.5 years old

Activity Duration: 5 - 15 minutes

Objectives:

1. To teach color has different shades.
2. To train visual discrimination of color.

Materials:

1. 1 set of Montessori Color Box 3 (63 tablets comprises of 7 different shades of red, blue, yellow, purple, orange, green, gray, dusty rose, brown)

2. 1 floor mat

Presentation:

1. Name the Color Box 3 and show where it is kept.

2. Choose one set of tablets and put them on the mat.

4. Find the next lighter tablet and place it next to the previous one.

5. Continue with the rest of tablets until all 7 tablets have been graded.

6. Hold the lightest one and trace from the darkest to the second lightest tablet, then put it on the bottom of the line.

7. Give a 3 Period Lesson on the relative hue of color, say: "This is the darkest blue, lighter, lighter, lighter, lighter, lighter, lightest blue."

8. Let the child choose the next set of color.

9. Repeat step 3-8.

Video Demonstration:

Tips:
1. When the child is good at grading 1 set of color, have him grade two sets of color at the same time. Increase the set accordingly as he succeeded with more sets.

2. Grade the color set-by-set in the pattern of a sun (2 children can work together).

Video Demonstration:

J (3Y7M14D) tried this for the first time today. He was rather frustrated with some of the shades such as orange, as he could not tell the difference between the hue. I must say that even I could not tell the difference. I bought the Color Box 3 from Kidadvance. I am very happy with all the rest of the materials I bought from Kid Advance, but definitely not their Color Box 3. I would not recommend this item from Kidadvance. The grey shade is one of the most well-made shades. Here J had success.

References:
http://www.infomontessori.com/sensorial/stereognostic-sense-geometric-solids.htm
http://www.montessorialbum.com/montessori/index.php?title=Knobless_Cylinders
http://faculty.fullerton.edu/syen/mts/sensor/19.htm
Basic Montessori Learning Activities for Under-Fives