Saturday, August 13, 2011

What's on the Tray? Aug. 15-19

Super Tot is "almost" 31 months old!

Last week's trays were a big hit!  I know we will be doing each of those again, but I have new ones planned for this week.

Alphabet Match
Place both uppercase & lowercase Wooden Alphabet Disk onto correct Alphabet Card.
~letter recognition, matching~

Color Match Car Parking
Park each car in the correctly colored parking space.  
I was cutting out construction paper rectangles and laying them on my desk when I realized they looked like a little parking lot.  I was immediately inspired and made this mat.  Later, I  saw a similar one on Pinterest.  Great minds think alike!  Either that or I had seen the other one before and had it burned in my subconscious.  Either way, Super Tot is going to LOVE this activity!!
~color recognition, matching, gross motor~

Counting Beads / Homemade Abacus
Place correct number of pony beads onto each pipe cleaner (attached to number bead).  I used all one color pipe cleaner & beads to avoid confusion.
~counting, number recognition, fine motor~

Shape Matching
Place each wooden shape onto corresponding shape on mat.
~shape recognition, matching~

Clothes Hanging
Place clothing items onto hanger and hang on bar (not shown).
~life skills, gross motor~

Can / Cannot Fly Sticker Sort
Place each sticker on the correct side of the construction paper mat (cannot fly or can fly).
~categorizing, fine motor~

Open / Close Containers
Practice opening and closing various types of containers.
~fine motor, gross motor, life skills~

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  1. fabulous! love the color match car parking and clothes hanging! I NEED to do that with my girls! I love how you incorporate practical life - so essential and so easily overlooked!

    Thanks for linking up to the sunday showcase! I am sharing this on twitter and my new FB page! :)


  2. Can you tell me what ages these activities are geared at? Thanks!

  3. LKY81 - Super Tot is currently 31 months old. If you look at the very top of each of my Tot School posts, they will list his age at the time of the post. Keep in mind that every child is different, so that age may or may not coincide with what another child is doing at the same age. He also does the activities differently at different ages. I think the key is exposing him to them often, and his skills will grow over time. For example, when I first introduced him to an activity where he was to match pictures of family members, he really only wanted to play with it. No problem! Over time, he figured out how to match them! Same with counting. He currently needs a lot of help with that, but over time I know he will master that skill. Hope this helps! Feel free to click the contact link at the top of my page if you have any additional questions!

  4. What great ideas! Love the clothes hanging tray. My daughter would love that one.

  5. Yet another great post! Thank you so much for sharing all of your ideas on The Sunday Showcase with us!

  6. I loved your clothes hanging tray so much that I got my 2-year-old hanging clothes strait away and blogged about it here:

    Thanks so much :)

  7. I love your trays, they are so creative! I will be sure to try the car park. My little girl is crazy over cars right now.

  8. Love the lacing beads/numbers. What a great way to use them! I'll have to make a tray for my guys like it. The car mat is also fantastic. As well as the sticker sorting. You always have great trays! Thank you for sharing them. :)

  9. That's it! I'm starting trays and "stealing" all of your ideas :)

  10. I am always inspired by your trays! As always they are great. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I need some cars. The problem with having only girls is that we have no matchbox cars. LOL I'm going to have to fix that.

    Great week!

  12. I like the counting beads using pipe cleaners. Great ideas. :)

  13. Great ideas for activity trays! My son would have LOVED the Color Match Car Parking when he was little! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

  14. I love the color match parking game too! All of your lessons are wonderfully age appropriate - great job. Thanks for linking to Montessori Monday!

  15. My little boy is having a hard time with colors. I'm going to try the car tray and see if it helps! Thank you for sharing the idea!

  16. I love your trays! You always have such wonderful ideas!

  17. I'm a new follower...thanks, pinterest! ;) Look forward to sharing ideas with you this year!!

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

  18. Ok, I really love all these ideas. I particularly like the clothes hanging and opening/closing containers. So handy! I found you off of Pinterest Tuesday.

  19. I made the parking lot tray for my son. Very cute thanks for the idea. You can see mine at


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