Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tot Tray Wednesday #4 | Colors

Hurray for another Wednesday! I love having a routine in place that allows us to reset in the middle of the week--it helps us get refocused on our schoolwork, and the new toys spark creative play for everyone.

Tot Tray Wednesday #4 (Colors)

This week is our our first Play & Sign class of the Summer Session, so I spent a little more time yesterday planning and getting organized. We have a great mix of graduates, returning students we haven't seen in a while, and new students! I'm really excited about some of the activities that Kate and Addie get to explore throughout the week.

Week 4
Signing class theme: Colors of the Rainbow
Main book: Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

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Toys with unlimited access:
* Trains (IKEA)
* Color stacker (Sparkbox)
* Color tub: RED (tons of fun "open-ended" toys in here!)
* Color-themed books (ours and from the library)

Tot Tray Wednesday #4 (Colors)

Tot Trays:
1. Rainbow straws (from the grocery store) cut into assorted lengths. Drop into empty cheese container or string on shoelace. (fine motor, color recognition, patterning)
2. Two-piece color puzzles (out of print)
3. Color sort with magnetic letterss--the chip & dip tray is from Dollar Tree (as are the little green boxes) and I have laminated color words attached to each section. I typically put out pom poms for this activity, but I needed an ABC tray. I love this idea even more! (Extension idea: for your older preschoolers/kinders, you can have them use the letters to spell out color words.)

The kids have been busy playing all morning! I may open up the closet and pull out another activity, but I think this is a great start for the week. 
What are your kiddos playing with?


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