If you haven’t heard of our play trays then you need to check out the preschool activity trays and then join us on creating some of these kids play time savers, boredom busters, quiet boxes … yeah, they are just that AMAZING and fulfill multiple purposes in our house. The trays are on our list of 90+ Indoor activities for kids during school closures.
Kids Play Trays October
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I will be updating this post to include the rest of our October Play Trays so keep an eye out for it.
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You can watch the video below if you prefer a video format to see what is in each tray.
The trays you see below are from Ikea and Lakeshore Learning. If you prefer ordering from Amazon then these trays are similar and the Ikea trays can be found here too.
What’s in our play trays this week
A 12 piece Melissa & Doug Puzzle. I am trying to work on getting my daughter to feel more confident with puzzles. She often wants my help so I figured placing it in a tray will get her more interested in trying to put them together herself.
She was easily able to do the 12 pieces but she always feels overwhelmed by the 24 piece puzzles we have.
A Mini Eraser Tong/Tweezer activity great for working on this fine motor skills. My daughter needs to transfer the mini erasers (that I bought at the Target Dollar Spot)
I printed out a few coloring pages from our Halloween Activities For Preschoolers, added in some watercolors, a paper towel, paintbrushes of varying sizes and an empty cup. She can either go and add the water herself when I give her the tray or I can add it before putting it on her table.
My daughter hasn’t reached for her Duplo’s in a long time yet somehow, when I placed it on a tray she grabbed for it and I ended up leaving this tray out for a few days since she enjoyed playing with it each day. (That is also why I rotate our toys like this… so that it creates that newness effect.)
On this tray I used characters from the Lego Duplo Town Airport , Lego Duplo box pieces,
Here I placed some Unifix cubes on the tray with some counting and number cards. This is an early preschool math activity that my daughter really enjoyed. You can find the printable cards here: Unifix Cubes For Preschool Math.
What were your play trays like this week? Have you ever tried creating a play tray?