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February 02, 2013

DIY Montessori Color Tablets

I've been wanting to get Henry some Montessori color tablets for awhile. But, honestly I just couldn't stomach the cost for a set like this: 
So, I set out to make some of my own! To make you need: 

- 3" x 2" wooden tablets - I found a set of 6 for around $3 at Michael's 
- Colored acrylic paint - I started with red, blue, yellow, and green
- White acrylic paint - I used an entire small bottle 
- Clear glossy coating paint - I used Martha Stewart High Gloss Finish

To make: 

Paint one of the tablets with each original color from the bottle. Set those tablets aside to dry. 

Then, mix a small amount of white paint into the original color to lighten it. Then, paint another tablet with the lighter color. Repeat for each color. 

Next, mix more white paint to the lighter color to lighten it further and paint the tablets. Continue lightening and painting tablets to complete as many as you would like. 

After letting the paint dry for several hours, apply glossy coating until you've achieved desired shininess. I used 2 coats. Let dry for several hours.

That's it! This whole project cost me $10 and was really simple. Hopefully, Henry likes them.

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Jennifer @ Polliwog in a Blog
Nice, I love these! I really like the different shade progression, too.
Kirstylee said…
These look great. I couldn't stomach the price of montessori color tablets either, but these look very doable. I just posted on my blog about some DIY montessori sandpaper letters and both of my boys love them!
Jessica @ Play Trains!
This is cool. We have a puzzle with different shades of three colors, but these would be fun to play with, too. Maybe we could revisit them with the train color matching activity we did awhile back ( and try to mix closer shades to the engine's paint colors...thanks for the inspiration!
I am thinking that I could achieve this same concept with paint chips and it would be free. I will have to give it a try. You have given me inspiration. Found this post (and your Letter C post) through Tot School Tuesday!
Nicole @ The Kavanaugh Report
You probably could! But Henry would destroy paint chips, and they wouldn't last through the week. But if you have an older/more gentle toddler those would be awesome.