Child’s age: 1.5 – 2.5 years old
Children love boxes, everybody knows it. And they love small objects – it’s even described in Montessori method as a “sensitive period for small objects” (circa in age 1.5-2.5 years old). Also this is the age when toddlers learn color names. My conclusion was obvious – let’s make a color matching box for our younger son.
All you need for color box is:
* a shadow box with 9 compartments (you can also use smaller or bigger one, see my notes below)
* paints: red, blue, yellow, white and black
* a collection of small objects found around your house
I wanted to include 9 colors: all primary and secondary colors (red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange), brown (the mixture of all primary colors), white and black, that’s why I needed a shadow box with 9 compartments.
You can also make different versions with:
* only 4 colors (red, blue, yellow and green),
* 6 colors (primary and secondary colors)
* or even 12 colors – adding for example pink, grey and sky blue to 9-colors version which I made.
It all depends on your child’s age and objects you can find around your house.
One important note about colors: I recommend using rather light color versions of blue (like sky blue), green, violet and brown for a few reasons:
* lighter colors are easier to discriminate than darker ones
* in a shadow box colors will appear darker
* most of the small objects I found at home are of ligher shade than “model colors” and it may confuse your child a litlle.
That’s why I’ll probably repaint our box (at least blue and green compartments) in a spare time.