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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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Fed up of pumpkins and Halloween as the only play ideas during Autumn?

Little Ones: bodies are cool       Little Ones: felt stars         Little Ones: nature inspired open ended play kit          Little Ones: knitting fork     

Try these 10 play prompt suggestions

  1. National space week – ok so we know we have missed the date for this one but still a great play theme. Plus when the clocks change get outside and do a bit of star gazing.
  2. Learn a new skill – grab a hot chocolate and snuggle by a cosy fire and try our new knitting forks or braiding stars
  3. Harvest festival  – get that play food out and create harvest baskets
  4. 21st October is national apple day – eat them, draw them, practice life skill by cutting them up or maybe hammering golf tees into them
  5. 24th October – United National Day – celebrate diversity with a new book or colour me crayons. 
  6. 13th November – Diwali try using out Kitpas crayons to celebrate the festival of light by drawing on the windows or making a tea light holder using a jam jar.
  7. 13th November – World Kindness Day – what lovely thing can you do today?
  8. 20th November – Universal Children’s Day, could you find out about what children do in different countries, this years theme is inclusion.
  9. An oldie but a goodie – head out for a nature walk and collect natural loose parts, maybe sticks or pinecones. Then you can add them to a sensory base and do some counting or maybe you could add them to sensory dough to create an autumn inspire model.
  10. Decorate some leaves or conkers – paint or Kitpas crayons work really well for this.

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