The girl immediately remembered the long ago time when we played a 'trick' of putting the first four (white, red, light green, purple) behind our backs. One of us would tell the other which color to bring forward, and every time we'd be right! I can tell I'm going to do a little more research on how to use these things, but I know from what I've seen so far is that the first thing you do is focus on the attributes of each color in relationship to each other before assigning a unit number. Here's how things developed today:
|Girl: "I'm going to put them biggest to smallest..." Mama: "Say it with me! Orange, blue, brown, black... Okay now, with our eyes closed! Orange, blue, brown...Yay we did it! Now smallest to biggest, white, red, light green, purple..."|
|Mama: "Hey look! A blue with a white makes an orange. Oh, and a red with a black makes an orange, too!" Girl: "Let me do it."|
|Girl: "It's divided here." Mama: "Oh, I see it, on the diagonal. Let's put a block down to show where it is."|
|Girl: "I want to pull them apart." Mama: "Look, they're in the same order!"|
|Girl: "Now I want to make a design."|
|What she figured out is that to make this design work you had to skip colors: orange + 2, blue, (skip brown), black, (skip green), yellow, etc.|
So many more things to do with these -- I can't wait!!