First off is the train. You can download the train cars here, printable in three sizes. The smaller sizes can be used to sort color cards or objects like this:
The full page cards are fun to “load” like this:
This is still my son's favorite activity with color. He got it out again just the other day. You probably recognized from the pictures that the images are taken from Freight Train by Donald Crews. That way they can also be used as an extension to go with the book. (Our other favorite book for learning about color is White Rabbit's Color Book.)
The color match cards can be downloaded from here. They are 2”x3” and feature pictures from these fabric panels, which I have seen at many Walmarts. These are good for color sorting, or if you made a book or quilt from the fabric panels, you could use the cards for matching to the book/quilt. The colors included are red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, pink, brown, gray and black.
The other day I had my marker drawer out, and Beeper was playing with the markers, just sorting through them and looking at the colors. I remembered being a kid and how much fun it was to sort through a big pack of 30 markers. That's what Montessori is all about, right? Materials that will draw the child's interest.
So the idea for my new version of the color tablets was born:
My next step is going to be teaching him how to use watercolors. He should really enjoy that, and it will be a good chance to do some more color mixing activities and make a color wheel. Then maybe we can make a connection between the color wheel and what we've been learning about rainbows...
I'm getting ahead of myself again.
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