There is something truly special about seeing a rainbow-either in nature, or recreated in some other setting. The visual aesthetic of a spectrum of colors is undeniable. Maria Montessori recognized this natural curiosity about color in the children she observed, which led her to design a series of materials called the color tablets.
The color tablets are quite a different way to teach colors to children. In many early childhood settings, we see flashcards on the wall that picture blobs of color paired with their corresponding names. Or there is a very specific lesson on color mixing where the children copy exactly what the teacher has shown. The color tablets encourage exploration and practice with matching, sorting, and grading various hues (sound familiar?) before any naming or mixing. It taps into the child's natural preference for aesthetic order, allowing him or her to learn colors visually. Just for fun, I here are some other beautiful ways to reinforce color for your young child:
Feeling extra motivated? Here is more information about the color tablets, including a tutorial for making your own set!