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Tray Time Ideas September 26, 2011

Filed under: Homeschooling — Lacey @ 8:55 pm

While browsing homeschooling blogs, I came across the concept for tot trays. These are colorful trays that are each set up with different activities (many of them using simple around the house items) that help to teach kids (preschool and toddlers) fine motor skills among other things. Here are some of the websites that introduced me to the tray idea:

Tot School

Tot Trays

I’m going to try introducing the tray idea tomorrow during school and see how it goes. My plan is to have 3 trays (one for each kid) and let them each have a turn with a different tray. I’m thinking I may use a timer to give them all a fair chance to complete each activity. And I think I’ll let them play with the trays in between our other planned science and languages activities, especially when I can tell they need a break.

Here are some of the ideas I’ve come up with so far:

Tray Time Ideas

  • Puzzles

  • Stringing Items:

    • Wood beads

    • Macaroni, Ziti noodles

    • Big buttons

    • Plastic beads

  • Pouring:

    • Water

    • Rice

    • Sugar

  • Using tongs (salad tongs, smaller ones) to pick up items (play food, foam items)

  • Spoon transfer from one bowl to another (or to an egg carton)–Pom poms, ice cubes, etc

  • Kadoodles

  • Colored pencils

  • Matching Game

  • Cutting with scissors

  • Sorting (by colors, sizes, items)

  • Peg games (Oriental Trading)

  • Sweeping items into taped area (use dry beans, etc)

  • Rubber stamps

  • Texture painting (pantyhose w rice, dry beans, etc inside)

  • Magazine cut-outs (sort by color, letter, put on same colored paper, etc)

  • Marble paintings

  • Nuts & bolts

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