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Montessori-Inspired Color Wheel Activities {Free Printables}

Montessori-Inspired Color Wheel Activities

This was such a fun lesson with Brother. It was educational and very colorful. We hope you enjoy learning how to do this lesson with your children. Take a look at the resources we used and the awesome books and videos we found about mixing colors and how to classify all colors.

Montessori-Inspired Color Wheel Activities

First Color Activity

We used the Montessori Sensorial First Color Box #1. This box contains six color tablets: 2 matching red, 2 matching blue and 2 matching yellow. As you can see, these tablets are primary colors. Brother matched them up rather quickly since he has been doing this work since he was about 2 years old (he was 5 at the time of this lesson).

The focus of this activity this time around was to review primary colors and what they are. Simple: red, blue and yellow.

Montessori-Inspired Color Wheel Activities

Second Color Activity

We set up four extra large index cards with the following titles:

1. Primary Colors (red, blue, yellow)

2. Secondary Colors (purple, green, orange)

3. Tertiary Colors (brown, grey, pink)

4. Black & White

I had Brother find all of the colored pencils on the cards and set them by each card.

Montessori-Inspired Color Wheel Activities

Third Color Activity

We used the colored pencils to draw circles of the matching color as the color words. The important part were the secondary and the tertiary colors.

Secondary Colors

blue + red = purple

blue + yellow = green

red + yellow = orange

HERE is a link to a cool color mixing article.

Montessori-Inspired Color Wheel Activities

Tertiary Colors

HERE is a link to a video about the basics of brown and grey. Pink is red plus white.

This is the most helpful book we used: How to Teach Art to Children. I highly recommend it. This books isn’t only about mixing colors and making colors, but it discusses textures, dimensions and many more topics.

Montessori-Inspired Color Wheel Activities

Fourth Color Activity

HERE is a link to tertiary colors google search. You may find it helpful. Once we were done with the cards and the colors, we used the Montessori Sensorial Color Box #2 to match up the colors with the cards by category (primary, secondary or tertiary colors). This box contains all of the colors that we need for this activity, not just the primary colors. HERE is a link about black and white and whether these are colors.

Montessori-Inspired Color Wheel Activities

 Fifth Color Activity

I didn’t take pictures of this last activity, but it was really fun. We used both the Montessori Sensorial Color Box #3 and the Montessori Sensorial Color Resemblance Sorting Task. Brother went a step further thank just learning about the basics of colors with these activities. He learned about the shades of all the colors, moving from lighter to darker. We LOVE these two activities!
Montessori-Inspired Color Wheel Activities

Color Box #3

Montessori-Inspired Color Wheel Activities

Color Resemblance Activity

I hope you will apply some of these activities. Let me share with you some information about the materials we used as well as the books we referenced for this lesson:

Montessori-Inspired Color Wheel Activities
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  1. Oh those color tablets are to die for!! LOL I love how you used coloured pencil for the color mixing activities. I haven’t tried that one yet, so it looks interesting! Thanks for sharing all the those links by the way 😀


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