Posted in Busy Bag Activity, Fine Motor Activity, Montessori, Shapes & Colors

DIY Color Gradient Matching Activity

This DIY Color Gradient Matching activity is Montessori inspired. Its real easy to make, perfect for busy bags & fun for kids. It lets your preschoolers distinguish between different shades of a color while working on their fine motor skills. πŸ‘

What you need

  • Paint chips
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Clothespin 

How to

  • Pick the paint chips from your local hardware store. Too many colors to choose from – Choose the colors depending on your kids ability.
  • Cut strips from the side of the paint chip.
  • Trim and glue each color strips onto clothespin.
  • You could also choose to laminate the color pallets or stick them on a card-stock for durability.
  • Place them on a muffin pan with clothespin pegged on the sides. Let your kids match the clothespin to the Paintchip.

This activity was a good way for Miss A (3 yrs) to practice different shades of the same color. Everytime we used words like lighter, darker, pale to describe each shade. Distinguishing between colors was very easy for her. The color palettes we used had 2 dark shades and 2 light shades. She would clearly differentiate between dark shades and light shades but was a bit challenging to different the between the 2 dark ones or between the 2 light ones. With practice she perfected it. πŸ˜€ She enjoyed this activity so much, that she kept repeating it until her fingers got tired from pegging the clothespin.


Hi!! Im Lavanya, stay at home mom of 3 & 2 yr old girls.. My LOs are very active and they need various activities to keep them busy and interested. A monotonous play bores them easily.. Hence, I've started to explore & create activities to keep them occupied - fun & some learning.. This blog is my maiden attempt where you can find simple crafts and learning activities for kids. If you like my page share it with your friends. Also tell me what you think in the comments. πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by!!

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