Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tray Play

This week's play trays.
Money Bank
 The first is a coffee can covered with paper.
A slit is cut in the lid.
 Metal juice can lids are the coins.
I wrote numbers on one side of each lid
and the corresponding amount of dots on the other.
Some of the families played a game by asking for a certain number
to drop in the can.
 After filling the 'bank' they can take the lid off to empty.
 Then fill it again.
 The second tray consisted of this interesting wire piece.
By the end of the week the consensus was that it is an old curtain tie back.
But it worked well for a weaving frame.
 Good for eye-hand coordination
and fine motor development.
The third tray didn't hold much interest for the children.
 They could spoon the glitter sequins from one container 
to the other.
 This last tray was the most popular.
There's something about pony beads that attracts the children.
 Six colours of beads and six pipe cleaners of the same colours.
 They could match and stack the beads
on to the pipe cleaners.
Closer to the end of the week I found these coloured sticks
at a dollar store.
They must be a little warped because the beads would go on the top
but not slide all the way to the bottom.


  1. What a fantastic blog! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on the bear hunt. :) You give so much back by doing what you do---I think teaching is such an important job and makes such a difference in the lives of our kids so thank you. Please stop by again, I'd love to have you! Brooke

  2. Great activities, Maureen! I especially love the activity with threading pony beads onto pipe cleaners stuck in playdough! I added your post link to my Montessori-Inspired Playdough Activities 101 at

    1. Thanks Deb for including the post on your blog.