I have been pinning ideas for winter tot trays for a few weeks now, and I knew that I wanted to do a letter I week and a letter S week. So here are the trays that I decided to do for our week about snow, snowflakes, and snowmen.
Without further ado, what's on the tray?
This idea came from Discovery Days and Montessori Moments and I copied it pretty exactly. This is fine motor work- Boogie will use the tongs to flip the snowflakes. We can also count the snowflakes and identify the colors of the mini snowflakes in the center.
This is a pretty standard tonging tray so I didn't specifically get the idea from anywhere. The sparkly pom poms are supposed to be like snowballs or snowflakes :) We used the ice cube tray
(Target Dollar Spot) for our ice tot trays last week but I took off the numbers. Boogie can tong them into the ice cube tray to practice his fine motor skills. We can count the pom poms by total or by color. We can sort them by color. Boogie can make patterns with the colors in the tray, with a lot of help because he doesn't really get patterns yet. There is 1:1 correspondence work too.
I got this idea from Jada Roo Can Do. I loved the idea of a button turkey for our Thanksgiving tot trays and this is such a clever twist. Boogie had a lot of trouble with the feathers and the turkey at Thanksgiving but that was a couple months ago so I want to see if he can do it now. So this is fine motor work and color matching. The hat also comes off and goes back on with velcro. You can go sew-less with this and just use a glue gun, which I did at first, but then I wanted to keep the integrity of the circles and it was a bit flimsy with just the glue gun holding the three of them in place. I double-layered the white felt. I sewed the buttons on with matching thread. I really llike how it turned out.
I got this idea from The Work Plan, where they used a hot cocoa paper punch. This is fine motor work with punching the snowflake out. We can count the snowflakes we make and the snowflake shaped hole in the paper. We can identify the three wintery colors and sort by color. We can count by color or total.
This next idea came from Tons of Fun. It is a snowman assembly tray with some color matching. Boogie will match a hat, head, middle, and bottom of a snowman based on the colors of each. There are 11 snowmen. I made the circles on white paper, used markers for the words, buttons and faces, cut the hats out of construction paper, then laminated everything. There is some strategy involved too, because each snowman is a bit of a puzzle.
And here are two books that we had and several that we borrowed from the library about snow and winter.