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Ocean Play Tray

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One of my favourite things about play trays is how long your little one can be occupied with the smallest detail and not always the things you spent the most time making. This weeks play tray kept us busy for a couple of days as N helped with the preparation/collecting!

This week our nature activity was collecting shells and other beautiful things we could find on the beach. After spending a couple of hours carefully selecting shells that were “good enough” to go into his bucket, we went home to wash and sort the shells. Sorting by shape and size is an important activity as it helps develop early math skills, so you can spend a long time talking about the little details.

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 or retelling the story in the book. 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.

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