Montessori Sensorial Materials: Color Tablets Box I, II, and III All in One

Never give the mind what has not first been experienced by the hand.
Maria Montessori

As autumn comes to a close and we approach the winter solstice, I just wanted to take a few minutes to mention how much the fall season has inspired and contributed to our daughter’s understanding and appreciation of colors.  From the changing of the leaves to the colorful assortment of pumpkins and gourds, there is really no better time of year to draw inspiration from nature and apply it in the classroom during this type of sensorial learning explosion.

In addition to exploring colors through our fall-inspired nature, Art, and Practical Life activities, our preschooler has also spent some time on Sensorial work using Montessori Color Tablets.

Instead of purchasing Color Boxes I, II, and III for use separately, we chose to purchase only Color Box III.  This largest set of color tablets essentially provides all the materials needed to support the presentations and three-period lessons associated with each individual box of color tablets, without the redundancy of duplicate tablets and unnecessary spending you would encounter if you were procuring materials for a more traditional large classroom environment.  Also, after the initial presentation of Color Box I (primary colors), I observed that my daughter was able to move very quickly from the Color Box I presentation and three-period lesson all the way to Color Box III.  Therefore, purchasing all three boxes probably would not have been wise in our case.  You may notice this same learning pattern with your preschooler.

If you’re new to Montessori sensorial materials, Color Box I and II presentations and three-period lessons focus on matching and naming of the color tablets, while Color Box III dives deeper into a focused comparison of the shades of each color represented.  This is where learning how to grade shades and language descriptors like darkest, dark, light, and lightest come into play.

With this type of sensorial work under her belt, our preschooler is now ready to begin a new phase of learning.  I am referring to a complimentary type of work that focuses on Art in the form of postcards.  Mommy, It’s a Renoir! is a great introduction to Art Appreciation for preschoolers.  It focuses on the use of postcards and matching technique to identify identical art images as well as images with matching color, style, or subject.  

Preschool education truly is cumulative and we have the wonderful fall season to thank for so many enjoyable learning experiences.  As we welcome winter next week, we are grateful for the changing of the seasons and the unique educational opportunities that accompany each one.

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