Montessori color box 1

This sensorial lesson is designed for 3 to 6-year-old children. It introduces them to primary colors: red, blue, and yellow with the Montessori color box 1.

Montessori sensorial activities teach the child how to place things in order. It is a fun way to develop the child’s awareness of colors and textures

What are the Montessori Color Tablets?

The Color Tablets are the 6th material in the sequence following Knobbed Cylinders, the Pink Tower, the Broad Stair, the Red Rods, and the Knobless Cylinders, each building upon developing the child’s visual sense of order.

Montessori color tablet boxes are one of the most visually appealing sensorial materials because of their colors and potential as an item for open-ended exploration. 

There are 3 Color Tablet boxes:

  • Box 1: It contains 6 tablets, and 3 pairs of primary colors (red, yellow, blue). These are the most sharply contrasting colors.
  • Box 2: It contains 22 tablets, a pair of each primary colors (red, yellow and blue), secondary colors (green, orange, purple), and also pink, brown, black, white, and gray.
  • Box 3: It contains 63 tablets; in 7 shades of 9 colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, brown, pink, and gray. 

Box 1 and Box 2 are pairing activities and Box 3 is a grading activity

Montessori Color Box 1

This Color tablet box 1 activity guides the child to take out the colorful tablets from the box and match them based on their color.

This material engages multiple senses as part of the Sensorial curriculum area. Furthermore, children can add endless extensions and activities to reach different and more meaningful conclusions.

Purpose of Montessori Color Box Tablet

The primary purpose of the Montessori color tablet box is to develop visual discrimination of color using primary colors. The secondary purpose of this activity is to help children develop a sense of visual order.

In addition, it improves a child’s fine motor skills by allowing them to match and use pincer grips.

Points of Interest

  • Comparing colors
  • Touch and feel of each tablet
  • Vocabulary

Such sensory activities develop concentration, coordination, and the child’s awareness of colors and textures.

How to Present the Montessori Color Tablet Box 1 to the Child?

  1. Invite the child to the table and tell them you have something to show. Introduce them to the color box1.
  2. Open the box lid and take out red, yellow, and blue tablets each and place them on the working mat.
  3. Introduce all the colors to the child.
  4. Now pick the red tablet which is in the box and tell the child, ” Which color I am looking at?”
  5. Let the child answer and then ask, “where I can find the same red color?” Again introduce the child to the red color.
  6. Let the child identify the red color tablet lying on the mat.
  7. Place the red tablet directly next to the first red tablet.
  8. Repeat 4-7 steps with yellow and blue tablets.
  9. Change the position of the tablets and ask the child to try matching the pairs.

Watch the video and learn how to introduce the concept of colors and order to the child.

Extensions of the Activity

  • Collect different colored objects from around the house, like buttons, rubber bands, crayons, etc. Invite the child to match the objects of the same color, as shown in the video.

Related Video Resources

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  • What type of activity is possible with the Montessori color box 1?

In the Sensorial Area, Montessori Color Box 1 comprises six color tablets: two blues, two reds, and two yellows. The guide will present the colors and ask them to match the tablets with their respective colors.

  • What are the benefits of Montessori color tablets?

Montessori color tablet boxes help a child develop their sense of color discrimination. It also helps in developing vocabulary, order, the concept of primary and secondary colors, and grading.


  • colors
  • english language
  • primary level
  • sensorial