Looooooooove is in the air and on our tot trays this week!
What's on the tray? Lots and lots of hearts!
This first tot tray was inspired by this post at Teach Preschool (the magnets on the mailboxes) and this post at The Princess and the Tot (labeling heart boxes and erasers for matching). Boogie will be able to open and close using his fine motor skills and number match from 1-5 with this tray. I did not do color matching because it wasn't possible with these materials, but we can talk about the colors of each item. We can also count from 1-5 while we are identifying them numbers. We already had the magnets, everything else is from Target.
I have been wanting to do this tray since I first saw the idea at Christmas, but just got around to it. Quirky Momma used a scanner to make pattern strips out of erasers. I did the same thing by going to Staples because my scanner is missing a wire. I lined up the erasers on the color copier, put black paper on top, then laminated the pages and cut the strips. We will practice patterns, matching, fine motor skills, and counting with this tray. We can talk about colors and position words too. The erasers are from the Dollar Tree.
This next tray was inspired by The Preschool Experiment. This is a dumping and pouring tray, but we can also count and sort by color. This is a sensory tray too because the conversation hearts smell good. I am not telling Boogie they are candy though and I hope he doesn't figure it out! The cups are from the Dollar Tree.
I have seen this next idea on so many sites, I don't even know where I first saw it. Boogie will stick the heart picks into the sugar container. This is a fine motor task. We can count the heart picks too. They are from the Dollar Tree, and the sugar container is available there as well.
This is another idea that is common on Montessori activity trays. This is an open and close tray with several different items to open and close. I put more heart-shaped erasers inside. This is a fine motor tray, and Boogie will enjoy the surprise of finding the erasers inside. The erasers are different colors so we can talk about colors. And we can count the total number of erasers.
Lastly, our Valentine play dough, with a bunch of cookie cutters.
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