So, what's on the tray this week?
I have seen this color sort activity presented a couple different ways, usually using a worksheet from PreKinders. I chose to cut out colored hearts instead. Boogie will match the conversation hearts to the correct colored paper hearts. He can open and close the box that the hearts are in. He will use fine motor skills to pick up the hearts and place them correctly. He will color match. There are five of each color conversation heart, so we can count up to 5 for each color, or we can count the total number of hearts. We can also count the 6 big hearts. We can talk about big and small with the conversation hearts, the paper hearts, and the heart box.
This tray was inspired by Mama to 4 Blessings. Boogie will put the heart toothpicks into the sugar/Parmesan cheese container. The picks are in the top of a cooking spray bottle. Waste not :) There is 1:1 correspondence work here. Fine motor skills and coordination. We can talk about whether the picks are red or white. We can count the picks by color or total. Boogie can also open and close the lid and drop and dump the picks.
Boogie has done this type of tray many times before. There are four different types of erasers, and four of each one. Boogie will use the tweezers to sort the erasers. He will use fine motor skills. We can count the erasers by type or total. The erasers are from the Dollar Tree. The tweezers are from here on amazon.
This is a 1:1 correspondence and fine motor tray as well. Boogie will use the chopsticks to pick up the erasers and put them into the openings. We can count the openings and the erasers. We can talk about the four different colors of the erasers. We can count and sort by color or total (there are the same number of hearts as there are openings). We can make patterns with the colors as he places them in the openings. The ice cube tray and erasers are from Target. The chopsticks are on loan from one of Boogie's cousins.
This tray is a new idea for us that uses aspects of a bunch of different trays I have seen. There is a counting aspect as you can see from the second picture. Each opening of the muffin tray has a numbered sticker in it. Then, there are six different items and there is a different amount of each item (a plastic heart that pulls apart, 2 pom poms, 3 fake rose petals, 4 erasers, 5 flat marbles, 6 heart table scatter pieces). So, even though Boogie doesn't yet associate numbers with quantities, we can count as we sort the items by type. I gave Boogie a measuring spoon if he is interested in spooning any of the items, but to be honest, he gives the tools a try, but often reverts to using his fingers. So we will see. He can open and close the tin that the items are kept in on this tray. We can talk about how everything is red. I purposefully chose items with different textures so it would be a sensory experience for him.
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