Here are our trays for the week!
This first tray is supposed to have pictures of the animals on the takeout boxes and a matching mat for him to put the animals on after he takes them out. I haven't gotten that far yet and honestly might not this week. But I am going to be okay with it. Mostly, this is an open and close activity tray, with some fine motor work with the tabs. And he can pretend play with the animals. We will also discuss vocabulary (names of the animals and animal sounds). There were supposed to be all 12 animals but I could not find a rat (I thought I had one with our Halloween stuff but must have decided not to buy them) and forgot to get a rabbit. The assortment I have is from Target (Christmas clearance animal tubs for $5 each. I got the farm, sea, and wild sets) and the Dragons Toob because I tried and failed to resist. The snake was from Halloween.
I was inspired to do this idea when I saw this parasol wreath on Pinterest. I said to myself "Parasols! Chinese! Cheap!" or something like that :) Boogie enjoys sticking things in Styrofoam. There is fine motor work with opening and closing the parasols and poking them in the circle (and he loves circles! Score!), and there is counting and color matching work. We can count by color or total.
I saw this idea on Let's Go Fly a Kite, one of my new favorites. This is a fine motor transferring tray where Boogie uses the chopsticks to transfer the yarn lo mein into the bowls. Do you see the label on the take out box? BOOGIE'S BISTRO! How cute is that?! Besides fine motor and transferring, there is pretend play involved here. I love pretend play.
This is a transferring, pouring, dumping, spooning tray because those are some of Boogie's favorite things. And again I say, CHEAP! In one cup he has white rice and in the other he has soybeans. You can't get more Chinese food than that, can you?? He can do some sorting work too with the rice and soybeans. We could also count some rice or soybeans if we want to practice numbers, but that is not the main goal. I really need some prettier pouring containers, guys. And preferably not breakable. Like wood or plastic. Anyone have any suggestions?
Another simple tray that I think Boogie will really enjoy. There are 11 (there were supposed to be 12 but we were rushing home with dumplings and I miscounted like a dope) packets of duck and soy sauce. Boogie will use the tongs (fine motor, tonging) to sort them into the 2 bowls. We can use vocabulary (soy sauce, duck sauce) to identify how we are sorting them or name the colors. We can count them by total or type/color.
These are probably the easiest trays I have ever put together and partly that is because they are not the trays I planned at all. I planned to do felt and foam and paper fortune cookies on a tray and have him sort by color and size and texture but I could NOT get the foam or paper to work. AT ALL! I gave up after a handful of tries. By then I was too frustrated to try the felt ones, which were probably the easiest and the ones I should have started with. Next year! And, like I said, I don't have the right number of some other things and the zodiac take out box tray is incomplete. But, there comes a point when I have to walk away, and I got to that point. I was busy getting the printables ready, so the trays got a bit shafted.
Speaking of printables, you can download the Chinese New Year printables I made on the top of my right sidebar :) Or, you can click here for the printables or here for the book.
Linking up to these great parties!