Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Tot Trays (Part 2)

Boogie and Bam Bam are both really sick with horrible colds. Bam Bam is having a lot of trouble nursing and Boogie keeps waking up from the congestion. It's been really rough since about Thursday. But, I knew we were doing two weeks of Valentine activities and that they would be easy to switch out, so I pulled his slightly updated trays together Sunday night. Having things to sit down and do quietly (in front of the humidifier) is never a bad idea.

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.

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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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  1. I LOVE all of your trays! I have some of the same supplies and need to put them to good use the rest of the week.I hope your sweet family feels better asap!!! I used the heart molds for red jello for dinner tonight and it was a huge hit! I love the multiple uses of the heart mold!

    1. Thank you, Trina! I hope we all feel better soon, too. I want Jell-O now! That sounds delicious :) And what a fun idea to use heart molds :)

  2. Absolutely adorable. I love the all the different activities! And hope all are well again soon! :-(

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


    1. Thanks, Maggy! I love planning the activities :) We are working on getting better, slowly but surely.

  3. Such fun trays! I love the Valentine's Theme! Thanks for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday!!

    1. Christmas and Valentine's were both really fun and easy to plan. Thanks for hosting!

  4. Some great ideas!! I hope they are both feeling better. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! Hope to see you again this week!

  5. love these ideas

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday Link Party

    Natasha xx


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