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After a pantry moth invasion, we lost over 12kg of our dyed sensory rice. While looking through ideas on how to do our Easter play tray without the pastel coloured rice, I found this grass tissue mat and while it was different than I imagined when I originally bought it, it worked really well.
We filled the sensory tray with foam stickers, play carrots, eggs and chicks and gave Master N a pair of tongs to try and pick them up. He uses tongs during most of his independent play and this added an extra level of difficulty as he had to avoid picking up the grass “blades”.
Depending on where your little one is with colour recognition, you can also add colour sorting! We used the shapes from the Wooden Shape Set and sorted the stickers according to colour.
If you do not have wooden shapes that matches the colour, try up cycling some of your pantry recyclables! We have successfully used instant rice containers to do colour sorting.
Never done a play tray before?
If you have not done a play tray before try to incorporate a sensory base or filling and loose parts. Remember to always supervise when using play trays as some of the loose parts may be a choking hazard. You can incorporate language development by talking about the objects, shapes and colours. If your toddler seems bored, try showing them how to do small activities. Sit with them and build with the play doh or roll balls with it. They will soon follow your lead.