Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Winter Tray Play

First day back at school and in a new school.
It has been a fun day watching the families become with familiar with the new centre.
I'll post about the new centre soon.
But today I want to share our winter play trays.
Four trays are available to play with on this table but the most attractive to the children this morning involved marshmallows.
It was almost automatic for each child to want to eat the marshmallows but once explained that they were to play with them, they were okay with it.

I heard counting, saw matching marshmallows to circles and cups of hot chocolate.
As well as fine motor control by using the strawberry huller to pick up the marshmallows.
Here are quick pics of the other trays out today.
 snowglobes on a mirror,
scale with snowflakes.
I'm really hoping for snow soon.

Here is the worksheet.  Feel free to copy, paste and print.


  1. Looks like fun! Love the snowflakes with the scale...now to find a scale ;-)

  2. Thanks Chelle, I was lucky to find the scale at a thrift store

  3. I pinned the snowflake scale tray. Great idea! I am going to see if amazon has a scale now!

  4. What creative activity trays, Maureen! The counting marshmallows activity is wonderful, and I love your idea of putting the snowglobes on a mirror! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. (If you could add the Montessori Monday button or link back, that would be awesome!) I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

  5. What fun trays!! Love the marshmallows & snowglobes! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Looking forward to seeing you again next week! Beth =-)

  6. Looks like the kids are really enjoying those activities!

  7. Cool. You're a Strongstart facilitator. We love our Strongstart! Great ideas.

  8. Amazon does not have a scale like that! Rats!

    I have started a tray link party and would love for you to come share these great ideas. I am also a new follower and hope you will follow me too :)


  9. Thanks Sierra - I will link up and follow.

  10. Thank you for sharing at WOTT! Your post got the most clicks so you are featured on this week's party :) Feel free to use the featured button on your blog if you would like to. Again, I love your ideas and look forward to seeing your future posts :)

  11. Thanks Sierra, that's exciting. I look forward to this week.

  12. is there a link to print the marshmallow page?

    1. Hi Nikki, I've just added a picture of the worksheet at the bottom of the post. If you click on it you can copy and paste it to a word document then print.