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Tot Tray Tuesday Showcase: Week #4

It’s that time again, to check out what is on the menu for this week’s tot trays. Ladybug has been very intrigued in our tot trays including water. So I thought I would finally invest in some water beads to incorporate into one of our trays. It is my first time using them at all and I think the Little Miss will love them. I mean, I loved playing with them Monday night getting them ready. 😛

So without further hesitation, here are the trays we are working with this week.

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A twist on spoon transfer, I used the spoon attachment we used to use for toddler pouches. Then I used an upcycled baby food jar to hold blue gems, and then I used an apple shaped ice tray from Target.


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Working with small spaces here. I chose kabob skewers, and a sugar shaker I got from the Dollar Tree


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Big spoon transfer using a slatted spoon, with water beads being the object to transfer.

I can’t wait to introduce these tomorrow. It is going to a fun week, I just can feel it.

What are some fun things you are doing with the kiddos this week? What is your favorite way to use water beads?

Tot Tray Review: Week #2

This previous week in tot school was great! She was interested in all of the trays in additon to doing some printouts. It is always a joy when I can provide her with activities that are both stimulating and engaging while we both have a good time.

The following were are trays for week number two in our tot tray series.

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1. A stamping craft using tp rolls cut into different shapes.

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2. A water transfer activity using a measuring spoon into an egg plate.

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3. A color sorting activity using clothes onto pipe cleaners in the shapes of circles.

Tray #1: I originally got the idea for this week here, however, once we tried them with the stamp pad we realized it just wasn’t going to work out. It was very faded and not so interesting for Miss Ladybug.

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So I quickly pulled out some washable paints and it was a huge success. We did two colors at a time on the plate, and she got to experiment a bit with color mixing. Overall it was a good craft tray after a minor adjustment.

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Some of our finshed products.

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Such concentration.

Tray #2: Since water transfer was such a hit last week, we decided to continue on with water play for a tray this week. And as you might imagine Ladybug was intrigued, once again. We had so much fun with this one. The only problem was that once she transferred all of the water into the egg shapes, the only way to continue play was to dumo the water in the sink and then add more. Not a big problem, of course, but I would prefer it to be a completely toddler led activity. So next time, we definitely won’t have that problem.

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Kitty caught in action helping clean up, lol. Also if you were wondering about the wall hangings, they were from our Harry Potter Party from that weekend.

Tray #3: I knew going into this one that it not might not work out so well. I’ve read that clothespins can be difficult for small hands, and that sometimes they pinch. Talk about the ultimate discouragement to a kiddo…  pain. So I took a tentative approach to this tray.

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First we had help doing this activity, thanks Auntie K!

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Which built confidence.

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Then we loved it so much, we used them as accessories.

She started out frustrated with this tray,  but once we started explaining you have to “squeeze the legs” she caught on fast.

Conclusion: That was a great week in Tot school, I aspire to have all weeks go that great. With a couple of small adjustments it made for a great learning experience for both of us.

How did your week in tot school go?  What struggles did you and your tot meet?  How did they succeed?

“TOT TRAY TUESDAY” Week #1 Review

Last week we started this series highlighting our progress using Tot Trays in our home tot school. The following pictures show our first week’s tot trays.

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1. Water Transfer Using a Measuring Cup into a Funnel

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2. Pompom Transfer Using a Spoon into Glass Jars

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3. Beading with Wooden Beads onto Pipe Cleaners

Tray #1 ended up taking the show. She was so intrigued by the water play I decided to make another tray incorporating water transfer this week. She probably spent an hour or more each day transferring back and forth. Incidentally, the cats found this one amuzing as well. They also took it upon themselves to claim it as their new water dish as soon as Ladybug finished each session of play. Sigh, big heavy sigh for my entilted felines.

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She could do this all day.

Tray #2 got a little action, but not nearly as much as #1. I probably should have added another dynamic to this tray. Like maybe using tongs instead, or a more difficult item to transfer. Alas, it is a learning experience for me as well.

Oh poor, poor, poor Tray #3 got little to no play time. She was so enthralled with Tray #1 and mildly interested in Tray #2, that this one never got the chance to shine bright like a diamond. 😉
That is okay, though. It is all a learning process, and it is teaching me more about my daughter’s personality.

How did your trays pan out last week? Any questions on how to start out doing home Tot School?

Tot Tray Tuesday: Week #1

So, we’ve officially been doing home tot school for about eight weeks with Ladybug. It is going great. I am loving doing tot trays with her, watching her learn to manipulate new and interesting objects. It has inspired me to start a series of posts dedicated to our tot trays each week. The plan is to assemble the trays on Monday, link them up with pictures on Tuesday, and then write review of progress and such over the weekend. Feel free to link up with your trays for the week at the bottom (just link back to this page in your post.)

So without further ado, I give you the first weeks tot trays.

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Basic Pompom Transfer With a Spoon

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Wooden Beads and Pipe Cleaners

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Water Transfer Using a Measuring Cup into a Funnel

Feel free to link up, I look forward to seeing what everyone else is doing with their trays!