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Tot Tray Showcase: Week 8

Tot school is really going great with my little lady. She is making great progress in her pre writing skills, and overall we are just having a good time. I’m excited about this week because we will be working on the letter L, and of course we will be working with ladybugs a bit.

So now, without delay I present this weeks tot trays.




1. Using play doh to creatively make the letter L on the dry erase coloring station.

2. This tray deals with size matching ladybugs, I used foam sheets and a sharpie to make these.

3. Working with clothespins on a line to secure the leaves. Fine motor skills at work here.

I’m happy with the way the trays came out, and am looking forward to working with Ladybug in tot school this week.

What themes are you working with, with your little ones this week?


Tot Tray Showcase: Week 7

This week has been a little hectic. Ladybug has been super grumpy, and then broke out in a small rash. A short trip to the pediatrician’s later, and my little lovebug was diagnosed with a viral infection. Yuck. To top it off,  Bumblebee started cutting his fifth tooth. Heavy sigh. Not a lot of sleep in this house this week.

So posting got the back burner a bit while I snuggled my cranky babies. It happens. So without further delay, here are our tot trays for this week:



1. This water transferring activity has a spin on it. We used a salt shaker with the lid on to add a fun pouring element.

2. A matching tray using a household objects printout page. I chose this one because Ladybug is big into matching, plus the vocabulary building factor.

3. A “beading” tray, using wooden keys the object is to string them along the pipe cleaner.

I got the household objects printout from the Letter K Tot School Printables download. We use printouts from that site each week for working with letters.

This week we are working with the letter K. I will put a post up detailing how our week with the letter K went, later in the week.

What are your go to activities for when your kiddo is sick? 

Our week with the letter I

This previous week was a lazy week in tot school. Daddy was home all week for his vacation (yay!), so we just tried to have as much fun as a family as possible. We still managed to get some tot school time in, though.


She had some creative fun with this tot tray. We moved beyond just color matching and used the objects together for play, as well.


playing on daddy's phone with one of his educational toddler apps.


Working those fine motor skills, by attaching clips to craft sticks.


So, although it wasn’t one of our most active weeks in tot school we still managed a few activities.

Did you do anything especially fun last week?

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.

Tot Tray Tuesday: Week #2

Last week we formally started our post series on Tot Trays. Check out here to see last week’s trays.

Tot Trays are used to provide a contained zone for toddlers to learn new concepts, and skills. I like the whole learn through playing idea. And it is working great for Ladybug.

So without further ado, Week #2’s trays:


Water Transfer Using a Measuring Spoon into Egg Plate


Toilet Paper Roll Stamping in Different Shapes


Color Matching Clothespins to Pipe Cleaners in Circles

What are your toddler’s strong skills? What are you struggling with? Check out our review of this week’s trays later in the week. I’ll give an insider look at Ladybug’s progress.

Feel free to link up with your tot trays, just remember to link back to here. 😀