montessori color box 2

This sensorial lesson is designed for 3 to 6-year-old children. It introduces them to secondary colors: green, orange, purple, gray, pink, white, and brown, with the Montessori color box 2.

Previously, we learned about Montessori color tablet boxes 1 and the introduction to primary colors in video color box 1.

What is Montessori Color Box 2?

Montessori color tablet box 2 is 2nd in the series when learning about colors using Montessori color tablets. 

It is a long wooden box in the Sensorial area in a Montessori classroom, which helps in the revision of primary colors introduced in color box 1. It also introduces the child to secondary, tertiary, and neutral colors. 

A Montessori color tablet box 2 contains 22 tablets, a pair of each primary color (red, yellow, and blue), secondary colors (green, orange, purple), and also pink, brown, black, white, and gray.

Purpose of Montessori Color Box 2

The primary purpose of the Montessori color tablet box 2 is to develop visual discrimination of color using primary, secondary and tertiary colors. The secondary purpose of this activity is to help the child develop a sense of visual order.

It guides the child to take out the colorful tablets from the box and match them.

Points of Interest

Montessori color box 2 is a sensory activity that introduces a child to visual discrimination of colors and textures. It also helps a child to develop a pincer grip, concentration, and coordination.

How to Present the Montessori Color Tablet Box 2 to the Child?

  1. Invite the child to the table and tell them you have something to show. Introduce them to the color box2.
  2. Open the box lid and take out all distinct 11 colored tablets and place them on the working mat.
  3. Introduce all the colors to the child.
  4. Now pick the green-colored tablet which is in the box and tell the child, ” Which color am I looking at?”
  5. Let the child answer and then ask, “where can I find the same green color?” Again, introduce the child, to the green color.
  6. Let the child identify the red color tablet lying on the mat.
  7. Place the red tablet directly next to the first green tablet.
  8. Repeat 4-7 steps with the remaining 10 tablet pairs.
  9. Change the position of the tablets and ask the child to try matching the pairs.
  10. Once the child recognizes all the colors and can match all the 11 colors, divide them into 3 categories and introduce them to the concept of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.

Extensions of the Activity

  • Collect different colored objects 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:


  • What are the colors in color box 2?

In the Sensorial Area, Montessori Color Box 2 comprises 22 color tablets: pairs of blue, red, yellow, green, orange, purple, black, white, grey, brown, and pink.

  • What are the benefits of Montessori color box 2?

Montessori color tablet box 2 help a child develop their visual sense of color around them. It also helps develop vocabulary, order, and the concept of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.

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Video Created by: Bronia Birkbeck (Building Futures Education)

Primary | Sensorial | Color | Color Tablets Box 1 (English)

This video has been added and used with the author’s permission. It is also available on the author’s YouTube, here.


  • english language
  • primary level
  • sensorial