Color box I
Box containing six colors tablets: two blue, two red, two yellow (the primary colors).
This is an individual exercise, which may be done on a neutral colored mat on the table. (Note: Work cycle to be observed).
- The Directress first shows the child how to carry the box of color tablets to the table, holding with both hands at the side.
- The Directress sits beside the child and places the box of tablets in front of the child. Directress shows how to take the color tablets out from the box by holding them at the edge with 3 fingers: the thumb on one edge and the 2nd. and 3rd. finger on the other edge. Avoid touching the colored part of the tablets.
- All the tablets are removed from the box and placed on the table mat at random.
- Then the Directress picks up one tablet and asks the child to find another tablet of the same color, and place the matched pairs said by side together. The Directress continues in this manner until the three pairs of tablets are matched.
- Directress then uses the Three Period Lesson to introduce the names of colors, "blue, red, yellow".
- When the presentation is completed, Directress the shows how to put the tablets back into the boxes and then return the box to the shelves, holding the box with two hands.
Control Of Error
The visual sense.
Points Of Interest
The color tablets should be held between the thumb, the index finger and the middle finger. This is an indirect preparation for holding the pencil.
This exercise of the chromatic sense leads to the development of the "color memory". A child having looked carefully at a color, is then then invited to look for its companion in a mixed group of colors, without of course, keeping the color he has observed under his eye to guide him. It is, therefore, by his memory that he recognizes the color, which he no longer compares with a reality but with an image impressed upon his mind. This gets more apparent as the child proceeds onto further exercises with the color boxes.
The children are very fond of this exercise in "color memory"; it makes a lively digression for them, as they run with the image of a color in their minds and look for its corresponding reality in their surroundings. It is a real triumph for them to identify the idea with the corresponding reality and to hold in their hands the proof of the mental power they have acquired.
- Develop the child's visual perception of color.
- Teach the child the names of colors.
- Give the child experience in matching.
- Develop the child's fine motor skills.
- Prepare the child, indirectly, for controlling a pencil.
- Have different materials such as spindles with actual yarn, buttons or crayons. Have the children grade them or match them.
- Get a stack of color charts in sets of two from the paint shop. glue one set of the little squares along the side of a piece of white card. Cut out the squares from the other set and glue it onto clothes pegs. The child then pegs the correct peg onto the matching square on the piece of card.
- Have a song or game that incorporates color.