At play with a toddler and a tray

This is a simple way to promote a little one-on-one interactive play time with your toddler….

This is a little game I found fun to play with my grandson before he was walking or fully crawling but was able to sit up securely on his own. Just gather up a tray and an object the toddler likes to play with. I started with a tray and a ball…

Place the tray in the toddler’s lap and the toy on the tray. Slightly tilt the tray in different directions so the toddler can see the object move around on the tray and then give the toddler a chance to reach out and grasp the object…

My grandson would naturally reach out to try and pick up the ball…

With a little effort, he would successfully pick up the ball…

And if he dropped the ball back onto the tray, I would once again slightly tilt the tray to make the ball move or my grandson would give the ball a little push and he would make it move…

And after a few minutes of play, my grandson would decide it was time to do something else so we would visit tray play again at another time…

With each new time my grandson would come back to the tray, I would add a new toy to the tray…

Some toys were more interesting to my grandson than others. Through this simple activity, we were exploring the process of visual tracking, reaching, grasping, fine motor control, cause and effect, and a little time playing together…

Super simple idea for toddler play!

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Baby Play: Water Play Tray from Learn with Play @ home

By |2012-07-10T09:00:59+00:00July 10th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

2 Comments

  1. Debs July 11, 2012 at 4:06 am - Reply

    haha, oh wow, I just saw the link to my post at the bottom there. Thanks Deborah! We loved doing rolling type things in a bowl and I know we’ll love doing them on a tray too! Great for mixing things up. 😀

  2. Cathie July 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I just love using simple items to invite children to play, learn and have fun. Thanks for posting.
    You are welcome to visit toddlersthroughpreschool.com.
    Cathie

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