Printable Montessori 3-Part Color Cards (Chinese, Korean, English)

Printable Color Montessori 3-Part Cards (Chinese, Korean, English)

Is your toddler learning about colors like my son? These printable Montessori 3-part color cards are translated in English, Chinese, and Korean! I hope they can help families whether you’re homeschooling or need to supplement in-school learning!

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Learning how to say and read colors in Mandarin Chinese | Montessori 3-part cards | Free printables for school and home teaching

What are Montessori 3-part cards?

Although I didn’t use Montessori 3-part cards with my first child, I’m glad that my second child is able to learn with them!

Montessori 3-part cards consists of a set of picture and name cards that are displayed in a divided stand, tray, or folder.

The 3 parts include:

  1. Picture (photo or realistic drawing)
  2. Label (the picture’s name)
  3. Control card with picture and label together

Because most children like to match, and a control is provided, Montessori 3-part cards encourage observation and self-checking while reviewing the information.

Learning how to say and read colors in Mandarin Chinese | Montessori 3-part cards | Free printables for school and home teaching

Download Montessori colors 3-part cards

Other recommended supplies for making 3-part cards

  1. Color printer
  2. White cardstock paper (similar here)
  3. Paper trimmer or scissors
  4. Optional: Laminator and laminating pouches (consider for durability)
Montessori 3-part color cards activity and folder
Montessori 3-part color cards activity and folder

Color vocabulary in Chinese, Korean, and English

Below are the colors included in these Montessori 3-part cards in English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Hanyu Pinyin, and Korean!

  • Colors / 颜色 / 顏色 (Yánsè) / 색깔
  • Red = 红色 / 紅色 (Hóngsè) / 빨간색 
  • Orange = 橙色 (Chéngsè) / 주황색
  • Yellow = 黄色 / 黃色 (Huángsè) / 노란색
  • Green = 绿色 / 綠色 (Lǜsè) / 초록색 
  • Blue = 蓝色 / 藍色 (Lán sè) / 파란색
  • Purple = 紫色 (紫色) / 보라색
  • Pink = 粉红色 / 粉紅色 (Fěnhóng sè) / 분홍색
  • Brown = 棕色 (Zōngsè) / 갈색
  • Black = 黑色 (Hēisè) / 검은색
Color matching with Chinese flashcards
Matching color/name cards with open-ended toys!

How to use Montessori 3-part cards to teach color

Observation / speaking

If your child is learning how to say and pronounce color words, walk around the house with the picture cards, and see what you can find an match!

When concepts are taught in the context of real, 3-dimensional experiences, it’s easier to understand and remember the lesson!

You can also compare light versus dark colors.

Learning how to say and read colors in Mandarin Chinese | Montessori 3-part cards | Free printables for school and home teaching


When your child is ready to learn how to read, you can show them how to match the words in addition to the pictures!

Start out with 2-4 sets of Montessori color cards and see if your child can match the sets. Then offer more cards!

Montessori 3-part cards folder in tray on preschool shelf
Various Montessori 3-part cards folder in tray on preschool shelf under toy mailbox for letter and card writing

Organizing and displaying Montessori 3-part cards – printable folder

To make the activity attractive and accessible for my preschooler, I organized our 3-part cards by topic into different folders. Each topic is a different color and easily accessible on a tray.

We used sturdy colored cardstock paper so that my son would know which folder contains the color 3-part cards! The 3-part card folder template is included with the 3-part cards!

Have you used these Montessori color 3-part cards?

If you try this activity, please let us know in the comments below!

We’d love to hear about your learning experience! Please share what language(s) your child(ren) are learning!

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  1. Thank you so much for the detailed explanation along with the ideas. I don’t have many Montessori books for background in my native language so I sometimes find the materials confusing to implement. My children are being raised in Spanish, German, English, and Japanese so I was curious how you approached three part cards across languages? Do you usually set out sets of cards on the same topic in every language at once, or stagger them, or alternate what you cover? As in using three part color cards in Chinese, Korean, and English? Etc

    1. Hi Maria! Thanks for the great question! Are your kids learning to speak as well read in all 4 languages? I’m excited to learn more! Here are general ways that Montessori cards can be adapted to multilingual families:
      1. Teach certain languages successfully (eg, minority first, then dominant) – this is what we have been doing. To be honest, although I’ve seen a lot of parents use our printables for English, we haven’t for this language.
      2. Write 2nd / 3rd languages on the back of each card. So they can flip it over and be exposed to other languages
      3. Make the control card longer with other language translations at the bottom of the control cards. Then make extra name cards with translations in other languages for matching.

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