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.
- Construction Paper, Glue, and Stickers- Simple, yet fun and engaging for young children. I cut shapes out of construction paper. I give B a glue stick and allow him to glue the shapes onto another sheet of construction paper adding stickers as he desires.
- Mini Alphabet and Number Books- These books were passed down to us from B's cousins. I have not been able to find them, but B really enjoys them. They include numbers, colors, and various pictures to help children learn.
- Brown Bear Matching- Most children enjoy Brown Bear Brown Bear. This is a way to further engage them by encouraging matching. These free printables can be found at DLTK (she has a number of free resources). I read the story while he finds the corresponding animal.
- Duplo Play with Ribbon- This is another activity that I came across while searching Pinterest. Blog Me Mom shared the idea of adding string to your building blocks. I thought it was a great idea since B plays with his Duplo's on a daily basis. He had the most fun using the ribbon to make a Duplo train that he was able to pull around the house.
- Flap Books- Most parents with toddlers own a few flap books, but they often get forgotten. B rarely chooses a flap book during story time, so I will occasionally pull the 3 we own out for him to explore or to look through during quiet time.
- Melissa & Doug Self-Correcting Letter Puzzles- My son loves this puzzle, but he loves letters (there is a better photo of him playing with it below). This puzzle is great for letter recognition, letter sounds, and matching the letter with the object that begins with the same letter.
- Melissa & Doug Joey Magnetic Dress-Up- I found this magnetic set on sale when B was really enjoying magnets. It is great for fine motor skills, pretend play, encouraging self dressing, and matching.
- Dinosaur Tracks with Play-Doh- My friend Branson's son loves this activity. B lost interest rather quickly, but it is an easy activity and almost every kid loves Play-Doh.
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