Color Box 3

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Color Box 3
Sensorial - Visual Discrimination of Color
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PrerequisitesColor Box 2
MaterialsColor Box 3 set of tablets

Use of this material teaches the child visual discrimination of shades of color. This activity prepares the child for art activities.


  1. Take the box of tablets to a rug or table.
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  2. Remove all the tablets of one color and lay them out randomly on the mat.
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  3. Find the darkest and lightest tablets of that color. Set them next to each other to point out the difference in the extremes. Then replace them randomly back with the rest.
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  4. Select the darkest of the tablets and place it in the top left corner of the mat. Find the next darkest and place it next to the first. Proceed in this manner until all the tiles of that color have been put in order.
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  5. Repeat steps 2-4 with each of the other colors.
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  6. When finished, replace the tiles back in the box in mixed up order within each color.


Segment on Color Box 3 begins at 22:40.

Points of Interest

  • making a rainbow

Control of Error

the visual disharmony

Variations and Extensions


A nice variation can be done at home with a large pack of markers (or crayons, or colored pencils) in which there are several shades of each color.
Markers 1.jpg Markers 2.jpg
Source: Walk Beside Me


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  • dark, darker, darkest
  • light, lighter, lightest


Make Your Own

  • Printable Color Box 3
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  • The tablets could be made by wrapping and gluing paper cut from paint samples around this pieces of wood:
    Handmade Childhood color 1.jpg Handmade Childhood color 2.jpg
    (For a more detailed description of how this was done see A Handmade Childhood.)
  • Squares from paint samples are used in these color tablets as well. They have been laminated and a wide edge of laminate has been left for the child to hold.
    Counting Coconuts color 1.JPG Counting Coconuts color 2.JPG
    Source: Counting Coconuts

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Color Box 3
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