RL and I recently took a trip to a local store called THE SCRAP EXCHANGE (yes, this place is a Reggio philosophy followers dream) The first thing we both spotted were these wooden trays….for $4.00. Trays can really help define a work (i.e. – play) space. RLs oldest immediately used her tray to contain her Legos and her Lego creations. They are a perfect fit for setting up invitations, containing marbles from a marble run, and/or sand creations. We all know that tracing and drawing in sand is a wonderful multisensory pre-writing activity, but using sand for open ended, imaginative play is just as important. Here are just a few of our sand tray ideas…..
|Invitation for open ended sand play.|
|Dinosaur sand tray play|
For more on adding mirrors, see our MIRROR POST.
Add a black light and some orange sand for glow in the dark sand tray play….
|Glow in the dark sand tray|
Using our DIY SAND ROLLERS in the sand tray…
Use the sand tray for a letter find game….
|Add stickers to the bottom of the tray|
|cover with sand|
|Using make-up brushes to uncover the letters|
|Egyptian sand tray|
|Use chalk board paint to make the tray a chalk friendly|
For more glow in the dark play see THESE POSTS
Sand was purchased at Michaels craft store.