Inquisitarium

Montessori Colour Cards Digital Download

£1.50

Inspired by Montessori wooden colour tablets, these bright set colour cards have been designed as an affordable option for you to print and make at home. There are so many different ways to use these cards: analyse a piece of art and identify its composite colours, go out in nature with your cards and see how many of the colours you can find, sort the cards by colour and shade, and so much more. The full set will take a bit of time to make but it is a versatile resource to have in your supplies.

The set includes 9 colours (each in 7 shades), label cards for the colour names, labels from 'darkest' to 'lightest', four idea cards, and one colour wheel card to use at the front if you plan to put these onto a keyring. You only need to use four sheets of A4 paper or card to print the full set.

The PDF is arranged so that you can print the colour card pages double-sided and so that the colour names will be on the reverse of each card; this enables self-checking for activities like sorting or matching. If you just want the colour cards without the names on the reverse then just print pages 1, 3 and 5 single-sided. Page 7 is an optional single-sided page; this one includes the labels, ideas and colour wheel.

Print the pages that you want onto A4-sized paper card and then laminate for durability. For the example set shown in the photos, I used guillotine to cut out the cards and rounded the corners on every card using a corner rounder. Then, I punched a hole in each card so that they could be stored on a hinged binder ring (the ring in the example set has a 5cm diameter).

Inquisitarium was founded on the belief that children learn through play and that toys and books have the power to spark wonder and cultivate a curious personality. We love sourcing the best toys that provide a sensory experience or teach the child something valuable. We are also completely addicted to children's books; our favourites are the beautifully illustrated ones with factual details seamlessly woven into a good bedtime story.

The name 'inquisitarium' aims to create a feeling of place for the sense of being inquisitive, curious and questioning about the universe. It also sounds like a terrarium, which fits wonderfully with our efforts to be green.

We are constantly learning about what it is to have an eco-friendly and sustainable business, and subsequently adapting our business processes and approach to product design and packaging to limit our environmental impact.

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