In the meantime, here is what is on Boogie's trays this week.
This idea was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Playing with Words 365. I changed it up a little bit based on what I had. I used 10 different colors because I already had a color wheel. I used pony beads for the noses (and used permanent marker to make the black and brown ones). I used matching colored pipe cleaners for the antlers because I didn't have enough brown. I like the finished effect though. The idea of this tray is to use fine motor skills to pinch the reindeer onto the color section that matches the nose and antlers. So there is not only the fine motor mastering, but also the color matching. And, of course, we can count to 10.
|Aren't they cute?!|
This tray works Boogie's fine motor skills too but is definitely easier than the clothespins. Boogie will pick up the jingle bells from the box and put them into the paint tray. This teaches one to one correspondence. We can make patterns out of the different colored bells. Again, color recognition plays a part in this tray. We can count the bells by total or color as well. We also have a sensory dynamic with the ringing of the bells, which I think he will love. I have seen this idea on almost every blog with tot trays!
We are only doing 4 new trays this week, keeping out our play dough, and having an empty tray! Gasp! Something has to give this close to Christmas, and if Boogie only has 4 new trays, I think he will survive. This idea came from My Delicious Ambiguity. I also added three different colored pieces of construction paper. So, this tray has a fine motor and coordination aspect with using the tongs to move the bows around. Boogie will sort the bows by size. Using the red, green and yellow construction paper I provide, he can also sort them by color. We can count how many bows there are total, by color, or by size. We can also make patterns out of the bows.
As I mentioned last week, Boogie still has his mini-Christmas tree (see with the Christmas Tot Trays), and his Christmas sensory bin out all the time.
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