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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Katie's July Tot Trays

I kept thinking I might not be able to pull off a Tot Trays post this month because we were on vacation, but it looks like we still managed to have some preschool fun around here.  

I've been saving the lids from Lukey's little squeeze pouches.  There are lots of ideas on Pinterest for things you can do with them, but to start with, I wanted to give Katie the chance to just play with them.

Fine motor skills, stacking, sorting, matching, patterns...  There are endless opportunities for learning play with them.  I think they'll make good game pieces, too.

I had Eli help me gather up various solid colored items so I could make COLOR theme tot trays.

Katie actually played with the red tray a few times, since there were so many different things to play with in it.

Paint chip cards, beads, buttons, a shoe, a pipe cleaner, Hello Kitty take out box, a car... it's an I Spy of random things we tossed in there.

Stringing beads on pipe cleaners remains a favorite activity.  I may pick up some Pony Bead Bracelets so she can string and wear her creations.  

This next activity isn't really a "tray" but it was fun for Katie.

She helped Brianna make amazing mint cookies by unwrapping the mints and pouring various ingredients into the big bowl.

I already shared about this one, but it's worth mentioning again if you mentioned it.

The printed worksheet is actually a dot marker page I found online.  I think I searched, "Free Printable Dot Marker Rainbow" or something along those lines.  Katie matched cereal to the blanks by color, and at some point, we'll use the page with dot markers.  (She needs a new set, ours are more than a decade old.)

We had a bunch of random rainbow colored items mixed together, so I set Katie to work with some lids, sorting them out.  You can really see the paint chip cards in this shot.  I picked those up for a game, but we haven't made the game yet.

Great job sorting, Katie!

As you can see, we continue to enjoy the water beads around here.  This blue batch was scented with Christmas Spirit essential oil, a blend of cinnamon, pine, and orange.  Smells wonderful!

If you've missed previous Tot Trays posts, you can catch up on June's Tot Trays and May's Tot Trays.

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  1. Fun! I should do some of this with Naomi this year.

    1. Can't believe she's already big enough! Miss you guys.

  2. These are such great, fun, and fabulous ideas! I will definitely have to do a couple of these with my youngest while I'm homeschooling my oldest!

    Thank you for sharing Shecki (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

    1. It's always nice to have a pre-planned rabbit to pull out of your hat in a pinch, isn't it? :) Thanks for hosting, Jennifer!

  3. Love these ideas! I hope my Lu will be able to do some of them one day.

    1. I'm having a lot of fun watching her exposure to so many new things. :) How old is Lu?