Saturday, July 30, 2011

What's on the Tray? Aug. 1-5

Super Tot is 30 months old.

Here is a sneak peak at this week's Tot Trays.  You will see a lot of fine motor work on our trays this week.  We are taking it pretty slow this summer while I plan for next year and enjoy these last few weeks of break!

Animal Match:
Match each animal with the correct picture. 

Sticker Color Match:
Place each sticker on the correctly colored sheet of paper. 
(color recognition, fine motor)

 Tile Counting:
Place the appropriate number of tiles in each row.  We will also work on patterning and color sorting with this tray. 
~Printable available below photograph~
(counting, number recognition, patterning, sorting)
Spoon beans from one bowl into the other 
(fine motor)

Eye Dropper Practice:
Using eye dropper, fill each section of the tray with water.
(fine motor)

 Manipulating Erasers:
Place a pencil top eraser onto each straw, matching colors.  I didn't have any pencils that weren't already sharpened, but these straws were just the right size!  I love this activity and first saw it over at Playing House in Maryland.  
(fine motor, color recognition)

I am sure we will do some other activities, too, but these are the main ones I have planned.  

I am super excited to be close to finishing up our school planning for next year.  I will be doing a Montessori-style Letter of the Week "curriculum" with Super Tot, and I have been working hard this week to create Letter Craft examples for Super Tot.  Be sure to check back for a sneak peak at those!  

To see what other moms are doing with their tots, click on the links below!


  1. Can't wait to see your Montessori ideas! I always get great ideas from your trays. Do you find that SuperTot has a good attention span for these activities? Jonathan is the same age, but some days he's all over the place and I have a hard time having him focus on the tray for more than 5 minutes.

  2. You are so creative! I'm going to have to bookmark this and try to do some things with Rory this year.

  3. Great trays as always!!! And my Pinterest ID is Stephanie Bryan!! Find me so I can follow you too!!!

  4. i like the animal matching toys w/the pictures. All your trays are fab - so much motor practice!

    Would love to invite you to share on The Sunday Showcase Child Centered Linky party -


  5. Too cute! I love how your animal matching came out!!

  6. Great ideas! So easy to put together which is always nice!. Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. Wow, just found your blog and am so inspired! My little one is 26 months old and I can't wait to try out some of your creative ideas. Do you mind sharing sources for your materials? Do you have a favorite store/catalog, or have you just collected over the years?

  8. Fantastic as always! Especially love the first two trays. May have to put those together myself soon. Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. You have some fun trays planned. I like how simple yet fun they are. I may steal some of your ideas!

  10. Just wanted to stop by again & Thank you for linking up to the Sunday Showcase - can't wait to see what other fun ideas you link up this week! See you tonight for an all new linky party!!


  11. Just found your site and I am so excited to try some of your trays with my own princess! :) Where did you find the animal cards with the names underneath? We have lots of plastic animals, and I would love to create this tray soon! Thanks for the inspiration!



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