Sunday, August 29, 2010

Montessori Sensorial Color Tablets DIY

This is the first box of Color Tablets with six tablets that include three pairs for red, blue, and yellow.

Making the Color Tablets is an easy and rewarding DIY project because the materials are simple and the results will be as beautiful as the originals.

Paint Sample Strips
Any store that carries paint sample strips will let you have a few. Choose the truest red, blue, and yellow strips. Cut away the darker or lighter shades on the strip, so you have a square of the one color you want. Keep the other shades for the third box of shades. You will need a matching pair for each of the colors. Mount the square of color onto a rectangle of card stock that is longer than the colored rectangle by about 1/2 inch on either side, so that the card stock acts as a frame and provides a place for your child to hold the card.

Construction Paper
Mount a 1 1/2 inch square of color onto white card stock with the same 1/2 inch of card stock frame on both sides of the square.

Use child-safe watercolors or other paints. Cut a piece of white card stock 2 1/2 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. Color in a 1 1/2 inch square -- make sure the lines are precise, so that each square of color is the same size. Repeat for the rest of the colors.

Cut a 2 1/2 inch long and 1 1/2 wide piece of card stock. Prepare enough red, blue, and yellow yarn for the tablets. Put child-safe glue on the 1 1/2 inch portion. Wrap the yarn around it so that the card stock is covered. Tuck the end of the yarn back inside and secure with glue (put the glue on the end and stick it in, so nothing is on the outside).

Photo courtesy of Little City Kids.

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