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Tot Tray Tuesday Showcase: Week 6

It is time again to showcase our tot trays for our week in tot school. This week we will be working with the letter J, so I tried to theme the trays with the letter J.

Here we go again on our adventure in learning.


1. Transferring and matching objects of two different sizes to the inside of the jar. I made the jar from drawing on a white foam sheet, cutting it out, tracing the objects with a blue permanent marker.


2. Working with small spaces, I used the top of a plastic salt shaker and pipe cleaners to make our jellyfish tray.


3. This borrowed idea is matching different shaped lids to their jars.


Bumblebee's Discovery Bottle containing two pipe cleaners.

I got the idea for the third tray from Nicole from The Kavanaugh Report. In fact I was first inspired to tot school from when I was a part of a close knit message board for moms and moms to be with Nicole. And in this post is where I got the inspiration for the lid matching activity. You should definitely check out her page if you are thinking of tot schooling your little one.

My goal for this week is to actually finish a post a detailing how we use our trays and other activities for our tot school, so keep an eye open if you are interested in starting, or adding new activities to your tot school routines.


Tot Tray Tuesday Showcase: Week 5

It is that time once again to present the tot trays we’ll be using this week. I thought we would switch up our focus and begin to work more with sorting. Our letter this week is the letter I, so I also incorporated a little bit of that in our theme for our trays.

Here we go with week five.


This tray was designed to work on number value when counting. I cut up an egg tray to make the base to transfer blue gems into. And then printed out the 1,2,3 from 1+1+1=1


Working with clothespins, for this tray the object is to color match and attach the clothespins to the colored craft sticks. We're working with fine motor skills here.


This tray involves color sorting different objects intro different compartments.


Here we have Bumblebees discovery bottles for this week. In the first one we have blue gems with water. The second one has colored craft sticks. This is going to be a fun way for Bumblebee to explore objects in a safe way.

So, we have some newer challenges to work through with Ladybug, and some fun discovery bottles with Bumblebee. I am lucky to have my husband home this week to help out a bit with tot school. Yay!

Wondering where I got the printout for tray #1? Checkout here for tons of resources for schooling your kiddo. In fact many of the concepts we use in our trays are inspired by using the principles of this page.

This week we will be getting out and about a lot as a family, it is our three year wedding anniversary on Thursday. Double yay for family time. Hope everyone else is having a good week.

Check out here to see how this week went in tot school.

I Threw Together a Little Something For Bumblebee

I was inspired by Jayne at The Naptown Organizer to introduce discovery bottles into playtime with Bumblebee. She has also been doing tot school with her Little Man (Ladybug’s age) and recently started baby school with her Little Lady (Bumblebee’s age.) She is an inspiring lady that I met, online, on a parenting forum. You should definitely check out her blog if you are looking for some tips and tricks for around the house and in life in general.


What is a “discovery bottle?” Basically, it is a water bottle, or sealed container, used to discover elements in a contained zone. The great part about discovery bottles is that they are safe for baby hands. For our discovery bottle we used a water bottle with masking tape around the lid. Jayne recommended this,  just in case those little hands were able to twist the top.

For now I think I will try to theme the discovery bottles with what we are doing in tot school with Ladybug. For example; we are working water beads this week, so into the discover bottle went some of the water beads.

It has been a hit so far today, and both kiddos have enjoyed this bottle. I will probably end up featuring our weekly discovery bottle with our weekly tot tray showcase post.

Have you used discovery bottles with your little ones? What was a favorite element you added to a bottle?

Edit: Bumblebee was able to chew off a piece of the masking tape, and I had to do a finger swoop. I will be using either duct tape or gluing the lids from now on.