Sunday, January 8, 2012

What's on the Tray? Jan. 9-13

Super Tot is ALMOST 36 months old!! 

Super Tot was very excited to start back up with Tot School last week!  He loved his trays, especially the *Mystery Item* activity.  We will be doing that again this week with new items.  Additionally, here are some of our other activities for the week.

Tithing 10%
First, sort coins by type (there are 10 of each).  Next, place 9 identical coins on the spaces provided in the Spend / Save column, and 1 identical coin on the appropriate space in the Tithe (Give) side.  
Super Tot is starting to get money on occasion, and I want him to have a Biblical understanding of loving others not only through actions & outreach, but also through tithing.  He is clearly too young to have any understanding of percentages, but he loves counting.  I thought I would use that skill to teach him the basics, by using 10 of the same type of coin.  He can easily count out 9 coins and see that there is one left.  It will be natural for him to learn that one out of every 10 (if they are the same) is for giving.  This is obviously a concept that will continue to develop, but I know his heart and skills are ready to start grasping this Biblical math.  
~counting, math, money skills, Bible~

Alphabet Tracing
Use pencil to trace the letter on each card.
~writing, letter recognition, fine motor~

Letter Matching
Place each wooden letter disk onto the correct plate.
~letter recognition & matching~

Cutting Practice
Cut each strip between the stickers.
~fine motor~

Sports Ball Counting
Place the correct number of erasers into the eggs using the number written on each egg.
Each sports ball egg has a number written on it.  Super Tot will open each egg and place the correct number of matching erasers in the egg.  Then, he will close the egg back up.
~fine motor, counting, number recognition~

Shape Matching
Place each shape onto the correct mat.
I created the mats and printed them onto cardstock.  I will get a printable ready and attach it to this post later this week.  In the pail are 7 colors of each wooden shape.  Super Tot will simply place the shapes onto the correct mats.
~shape recognition~

Sticker Matching
Place each sticker over the matching vehicle on the mat.
~fine motor, matching~

Duplo Pattern Matching
Recreate each pattern using the duplo bricks in the wooden crate.  
We will do this many times with various patterns.  I know Super Tot will enjoy this one.
~fine motor, patterning & sequencing, matching~

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  1. Thank you for your tot tray posts. I look forward to them every week. My son is 37 months old so I come here to look for ideas!

  2. Some great ideas, my fav is the sport ball counting/sorting.

  3. I love love love all of your ideas today. I'm pinning some of them- AND printing off the tithing sheet.

    Thanks for your great ideas- I posted this weekend about my trying one of your ideas- busy bags. I gave you full credit of course for the idea! Thanks for your inspiration!

  4. I love your tithing activity. Right now we have three jars for little Sweets Spend, Save, and Tithe. We help her seperate her money into the jars when she earns money. I will have to do the tithing activity with her. Thanks

  5. I've done the block matching before, but I haven't done it with duplo blocks. Will have to try this.

    Veronica @

  6. Awesome activity trays, as usual! How creative to have a hands-on tithing activity! And I love your sports ball counting with both open and close and math skills included! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  7. I LOVE your hands on tithing tray!!! What a WONDERFUL way to teach our kids at an early age - LOVE it! I would love for you to come link up at my TGIF linky party -
    Beth =-)

  8. I agree that the tithing tray is a wonderful idea! I am going to pin it for when Boogie is a bit older.

    Where did you got the clip art for your header? It is so hard to find clip art of little Asian boys. Or toys that look like Asian boys for that matter. I love that Fisher Price has an Asian girl in their Little People set but I keep hoping she will have a brother someday!

    I would love for you to come share your trays at my tray-themed link party this week!

  9. I love all of your trays, but I do agree that the tithing one is special-- What a great combination of teaching your kids about giving while also tackling percent- a simple concept often made way too hard in conventional education!


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