Gradient matching activity

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A few weeks ago I was helping my friend Jen, who is having her baby soon, to get some paint samples for the baby’s room. While she was looking for the exact color for the room, I took TONS of samples (literally) I’m planning to do a lot of learning activities with this free material.


This is a simple and cheap activity, Montessori inspired and full of learning skills like:




-Logic sequence

- Hand/finger muscles exercises (fine motor skills)


Also its suitable for different ages and you can go deeper in the activity depending the kid’s maturity.


photo 1

-Clothes pin
-Wood glue
-Paint samples
-A piece of paper

For the first activity: 

1. Cut rectangles of the same size of each individual color.

2. Cut out small rectangles the same size as the end of the pegs with the remaining card swatches. Attach to the clothespin with wood glue. Leave to dry for a few hours.

3. Let them organize from darker to lighter, remember to use descriptive language like ‘lighter’, ‘darker’, ‘shade’, ‘pale’ etc.. Also, try not to interrupt or correct the child. As difficult as it can be, unless they ask for clarification, allow them to learn and correct themselves. Any discoveries that they make will be much more memorable if they make them on their own.

Here is an example of the rectangles before being organized, as you can see closely the clothespins and cards don’t match.

photo 2



These are the cards organized in sequential order and look closely that they match with the clothespin.


photo 3



For the second activity:

  1. Glue all the cards to a paper in sequence; you can laminate them if you want to.
  2. Set the activity up in a tray with the clothespin in a bowl and demonstrate matching the colors to the child if it is necessary.





I hope you find these activities easy and fun for your kids.


Thank you so much for reading!



Text: Massiel Cabrera

Editing: Natalia Aybar

Web support: Christian Castillo

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