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The Evolution of a Montessori Transferring Tray

These super simple transferring trays are a great activity for toddlers through to school aged children. These activities help with fine motor skills, maths, patterning building, become independent and self-motivated and learning to think creatively.

Tray 1 – transferring activity with tongs for 2 year old

Simply transfer the felt hearts from one sorting tray to the other using the wooden tongs

Little Ones Play: Montessori Transferring tray for 2 year olds

Skills – fine motor, pincer skills, independent thinking,

Tray 2 – colour sorting for 2-3 year olds

Try sorting each shape by colour

Little Ones Play: Montessori Transferring tray for 2 to 3 year olds

Skills – brain development, making connection between the real world and words (e.g. colours), fine motor skills, concentration, language and speech

Tray 3 – shape sorting for 2-3 year olds

Same as above but try and sort by shape. Add different shapes such as felt balls when your little one is comfortable sorting 2 shapes. Once your little one is able to sort multiple shapes practice transferring and sorting by shape and colour.

Little Ones Play: Montessori Transferring tray for 2 to 3 year olds

Skills – shape recognition, brain development, fine motor skills, communication, early maths and science

Tray 4 – foundation stage maths for 4-6 years olds

Use this activity to enhance what they are learning at school. For example, use for number bonds to ten, one more or one less, doubling, taking away – ask you child a math question such as “I have 2 hearts here, please can you double it” or “can you put 7 hearts in one sorting tray and 3 hearts in the other sorting tray

Little Ones Play: Montessori Transferring tray for 2 to 3 year olds

Skills: fundamental maths, communication, understanding technical terms, fine motor skills

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