I included either the actual books or pictures of the cover pages with each tray. We have a set from the library with 6 books in it so I did not have covers for those, which is why I printed out pictures. We don't have a copy of There's a Wocket in My Pocket, but I think my mom is bringing it this week when she visits. Boogie has already been enjoying the books for the first time. The last time we tried to read Dr. Seuss to him was when we did our letter E week and we were reading Horton Hatches the Egg and I think maybe it was just too long and involved for him. He has been absolutely loving the beginner's books. Since I was raised on Dr. Seuss, I am loving this! Hubby- Man is reading many of these for the first time and laughing through them, which I am also loving! Parenting has so many fun moments :)
On to the trays!
I love this tray. It is so simple but I have always adored this book. I wanted to touch a know what a truffula tree felt like so badly, and I always felt a little guilty, but I kind of wanted a thneed. I imagine it to be kind of like microfiber except even better. Moving beyond my childhood now, this tray is called "transferring truffula tufts" :) Dr. Seuss brings out the alliteration lover in me, what can I say? Boogie can drop and dump the truffula tufts, or use the spoon to transfer them. We can count tufts by total or color and sort them by color as well. We can also make patterns.
This tray is partly for letter recognition and partly for the fun and surprise factor of taking things in and out of the pocket. My plan is that I will take a letter, or a couple letters, and put them in the pocket. Then Boogie can take them out and we will talk about what the letters are. I am thinking we can spell simple words like his name, Mama, Dada and baby, too, just for fun. The box that the pocket is on also opens and closes with velcro. Besides putting things in and out, naming the letters, and making words, we can sort the letters by color. We can also match upper case and lower case letters.
I got the worksheet for this tray from Joyfully Weary. This is a matching game with Dr. Seuss hats. I think it is too involved for Boogie this year, but I thought it was too cute not to try. He is very good with puzzles and it is a similar concept so we will practice some direction following and see what he does with it.
One thing I love about these trays is all the different sensory experiences with touch they provide- the pom poms, feathers, jean pocket, wooden letters, and egg carton are such different textures than paper and plastic, which is what everything else is.
Want to see some of the other fun things we are doing for our Dr. Seuss theme week? You can download the Cat in the Hat dot marker page that I made here. And you can see our Dr. Seuss muffin tin meal here. We also did a Dr. Seuss Hat Pattern Activity here.
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