So, what's on the tray?
This first tray is going to go over very well, I am sure. Boogie loves water in all forms, and is constantly asking for ice in his drink, even if it is milk. This is a sensorial tray as well as a fine motor tray. We can count ice cubes, dump and pour ice, feel how cold it is, watch it melt, and transfer it using the ice tongs.
I got the idea for this next tray from Coming Home and then saw it at Joyfully Weary as well. Remember this game?! Don't Break the Ice! On Amazon it is 15 or 20 dollars, but it is 6 at Target right now if you are interested. This is a fine motor tray (stacking, using the hammers to break the ice) and a counting tray.
The main point of this tray is a bit hard to see, but I numbered white and blue flat marbles and an ice cube tray from the Target dollar spot. Boogie can match the numbered "ice cubes" to the openings. This tray works on number recognition, counting, and matching. It also works on fine motor skills to get the marbles face up in the holes or to use the spoon to scoop them. We can also sort the marbles by color.
This is another idea I got from Coming Home. She used sugar cubes but mini marshmallows were less expensive and I can eat the ones we don't use :) The idea of this tray is to transfer the "ice cubes" from the container or the center to the circles. Boogie still loves circles. I gave Boogie a lot of options for scooping, spooning, and transferring. I have also tried several times, unsuccessfully, to build igloos out of them. Sugar cubes would have been better for igloo-building work. We can count the marshmallows as well. AND they smell wonderful.
And this is another idea from Joyfully Weary. Isn't it brilliant!? Ice fishing! So cute. This works fine motor skills with the fishing pole. We will also work on letter recognition and we can count the fish.
As usual, we have our playdough on a tray. The cookie cutters this month are stars (for snowflakes), a bear (polar bear) and a snowman. There are also two Eskimos from his arctic toob so that he can make snow tracks.
You can find more fun winter ideas on my winter/snow pinterest board.
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