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Color Box 2

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Material

An oblong box containing 22 wooden tablets in 11 pairs – red, blue, yellow, orange, green, purple, pink, brown, gray, white, and black.

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Ask the child to watch. 
  3. Put the lid underneath the box and place the box in the top left corner.
  4. Take out the tablets one at at time by using a pincer grip on the edge of the tablet.
  5. Place three pairs on the table, red, blue, and yellow.
  6. Randomize the six tablets.
  7. Pick up one tablet and place it in the middle left of the table.
  8. Find its corresponding tablet based on color, pick it up and place it right next to the other tablet.
  9. Once once pair is complete, pick up another tablet and place it directly below the left tablet which already has a match, so that the tablets are touching.
  10. Find its corresponding tablet based on color, pick it up and place it right next to the other tablet so it is touching it, and touching the tablet above it.
  11. Repeat this process for the last pair.
  12. With your dominant hand, use a pincer grip to take out three more pairs and randomize the tablets.
  13. Create a new row, about an inch to the right of the previous column. Match one pair here so that the child can see where to place the other tablet pairs and knows how to create a new column.
  14. Ask the child to match the two remaining pairs on the table.
  15. After he matches those two pairs, ask the child to perform the rest of the exercise.
  16. Once the child finishes matching all the pairs, show him how to put them back in the box, randomized.

Exercises

Same as presentation.

Language

Names of colors: red, blue, yellow, orange, green, purple, pink, brown, gray, white, and black.

Games

Matching from a Distance: Using two rugs, separate all the pairs by placing one tablet from each pair on the two rugs. Help the child get started by showing him one color tablet, and ask him to get the matching tablet from the other rug. He may not take the tablet with him but must only “carry it in his mind.”

Matching Environment to Material: Ask the child to match the color tablets. Space out the matched pairs so that there is enough space between them all to place objects from the classroom. Show the child a color tablet and ask him to find something that matches the color, and tell him to bring it to the rug, placing it next to the corresponding pair of tablets.

Matching Material to Environment: Ask the child to match the color tablets. Find an object in the classroom, and ask the child to bring a color tablet that matches that object. Ask the child to place the color tablet on the shelf, adjacent to the object, and in front of the object so that it is insight and doesn’t get lost.

Control of Error

Lies within child’s ability to discriminate color.

Direct Purpose

Develop chromatic sensitivity, a key to the world of color. 

Age

3 – 3 ½

Notes

Watch for color blindness.
Listen to the child talk and figure out which colors he does or does not know.
With the games, the child’s knowledge of the colors expands into the world, building his awareness. 
Make sure the child is using columns, and only takes out 3 pairs at a time, randomizing them. The last column will only have 2 pairs.

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