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A large box with compartments for 63 tablets – 9 colors, each color consisting of 7 shades: red, blue, yellow, orange, green, purple, pink, brown, and gray.


  1. Invite the child to the lesson. Ask the child to watch. 
  2. Put the lid underneath the box and place the box in the top left corner. 
  3. Take out the tablets one at a time by using a pincer grip on the edge of the tablet. Place just one complete gradient set on the table and randomize the tablets. 
  4. Pick up the darkest tablet and place it in the top middle of the table. Make sure the tablet has its handled edges facing the left and right. 
  5. Find the corresponding tablet based on the next darkest shade, pick it up and place it right underneath the other tablet, touching edges. 
  6. Repeat these steps until the set is completed from darkest to lightest. 
  7. Once the set is complete, admire the gradient quality. Then randomize the tablets again, and invite the child to perform the exercise.  
  8. Once the child finishes the set and wants to do a new set, be sure to clean up the set that is out and only have one set out at a time. 
  9. To clean up, place the tablets back in the box one at a time, side by side to their corresponding shade. 


Exercise 1, same as presentation. 

Exercise 2, let the child work with an additional set without needing to put up the previous set; progressively increasing the amount of sets he can get out as he gains experience.

Exercise 3, “The Sun” requires two large rugs placed next to each other, with a paper circle placed in the middle of the rugs, you are to start with one of the primary colors, and place the darkest shade first and progressively go lighter until the set is complete and extends from the circle as a “sun’s ray.” Be sure to set the primary colors down in a three-point formation so that the other colors fit in between the primary colors. You repeat this for the three sets and then move onto the next three, and then the final three. 


Light, dark, lighter, darker, lightest, darkest. 


Distance Game: finding the next shade from a distance, you put one color set on one rug except for a single tablet which goes on the other rug. Ask the child to get the lighter or darker color which comes next or before.

Matching Environment to Material: 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 tablet.

Matching Material to Environment: 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. 




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. 

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