If you want to know a little more about Toddler Trays and why I started doing them with my son you can read more here: Toddler Trays: The What's, Why's, and Where's
(All of these activities were completed when my son was between 2 years 5 months to 2 years 6 months of age.)
- Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker- This toy is excellent for fine motor skills and advanced problem solving as one peg has shapes that will only fit on the peg if stacked properly. Here is a post of 5 other ways to use the Geometric Stacker. I was fortunate to find a used one for $3. New it currently costs $12.19 on Amazon.
- Alphabet with Dot Paint- Carissa from 1+1+1=1 is a great resource for free printables and tons of ideas. You can print 26 pages of alphabet dot paint fun. B really loves this one. He will sit for 15-20 minutes, which is a long time for a 2.5 year old.
- Alphabet Tracing- Again Carissa from 1+1+1=1 created this free printable and it is FANTASTIC!!! He can't trace them perfectly (yet), but he loves trying.
- iSpy Bottle- We had these from the Busy Bag Swap Anna and I hosted. A plastic bottle is filled with rice and various small objects that can be found on the photo he is pointing to in the photo above. The goal is to find each object listed in the photo.
- 1 to 10 Counting Cans- We purchased these with a gift certificate that was given to B for his birthday. It is really helpful for learning to count and is a lot of fun if your child enjoys to pretend grocery shop and/or cook. Each can has a number and a fruit/veggie printed on the outside. The inside contains that number of fruit/veggie. This day we were stacking the cans, counting the fruit/veggies, and hiding various fruit/veggies in our nesting barrels and guessing what was inside.
- Pipe Cleaner Threading- We simple use pipe cleaners and thread them through a colander.
- Feeding the Hungry Caterpillar- I found a free printable for each item from the book on Make It Cozee. I printed and laminated them, then taped the Hungry Caterpillar to a gift bag. As I read the story, B fed the caterpillar the food. At the end of the story, we walked outside to get a green leaf to feed to him, so that he wouldn't have a stomach ache any more. This was a really fun activity.
- Letter Bean Sensory Bin- We use beans and rice for most of our sensory bins. Here B is searching for specific letters, placing them in the container, and covering them with beans.
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