Monday, January 16, 2012

What's on the Tray? Jan. 16-20

Super Tot will be 36 months old on THURSDAY!

This is our final week of review before starting back up with our Letter of the Week activities.  Here is a preview of our trays for the week:

Letter Review
Place each letter card into the correct cup.
I made alphabet cards out of cardstock (planning to make a complete set of each color).  I used an overhead marker to write the letters inside the cups, as the marker is easily washed off later.  
~Letter recognition~

 Counting Disks
Place the correct number of disks into each section of the egg crate.
I cut an egg carton in half and wrote the numbers in the bottom of each cup.  
~counting, number recognition~

Letter Tracing
Use dry erase marker to trace the letters.  
In addition to having Super Tot trace all the letters on his own, I plan to also give him instructions such as, "trace the uppercase letter A."  The template, along with several others, is available here.
~pre-writing, letter recognition~

Shape Sticker Sorting
Place each shape sticker into the correct box on the sheet.
Super Tot loves stickers, and he is really enjoying working with shapes.  This activity will introduce a couple new shapes (octagon & crescent), as well as provide great fine motor & shape review.  Once he has completed the activity, I will have him point out various colors and shapes.
~fine motor, shape matching & recognition, color recognition~

Animal Classification
Place each animal card in the correct classification box.
I have 5 cards out for each classification.  I will change them out throughout the week.  The cards are a favorite tool of ours that we have been using for about 7 years now.  They are available here.  There were a little expensive, but well worth the price considering how often we use them.

Counting Birthday Presents
Count the number of gifts on each sheet.
Thursday is Super Tot's birthday, so I wanted to have at least one birthday theme activity this week.  I made 7 birthday cake mats (one in each color of the rainbow, plus pink) out of construction paper.  Each has a different number of presents surrounding the cake.  Super Tot will count the gifts for a specific color that I request, and I will assist him in writing the numbers.
~counting, pre-writing, number recognition, color recognition~

Peeling Oranges
Peel the orange and place the pieces of peel into the crate.  Eat the orange!
Super Tot loves these Cutie oranges.  I figured he is ready to peel them himself, so we will work on that during snacks this week.
~motor work & practical life skills~

Paper Clipping Colors
Place each paper clip onto the correct color of paint swatch.
We have done this activity many times.  I also use this in one of my Busy Bags.
~fine motor, color recognition & matching~

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  1. Ooo...I'm in need of some new ideas! These are great! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great trays, as usual! Love seeing what your tot is doing each week :)

  3. Super ideas! You've given me a lot to "pin."

    Popping in from tot school.

  4. The shape stickers are the best! Where did you find them!?

    1. I purchased the stickers at a teacher store, but they are available here:

  5. Visiting from TGIF! Wow! I love all of these ideas!! Awesomeness! I love the paperclip on paint swatches idea!

  6. I love your shape sticker fun!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week =-)

  7. a new visitor! you have such great ideas, thanks for sharing! my tot loves shapes & stickers, definitely need those stickers! :)

  8. your trays always amaze me - super! Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase - hope to see you this week.


  9. I love seeing your activity trays each week ... always great! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  10. i ove your DIY sorting tray using an egg box, how clever. Great tray ideas.


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