After a very crazy weekend, I was up late last night with a child. 🙁 So, I’m sorry that this post went up a little late. He seems to be doing a little better this morning, so the rest of the posts for this week should go up without any delay. We will be announcing the winner of the Do-a-dot giveaway tomorrow, so be looking for that post. For now, here are some fun gardening toddler trays that I put together. My toddler did enjoy these trays, although, with the warmer weather, he definitely wants to be outside more and inside doing tot trays less. 😉
Gardening Tools in Dirt
This toddler tray has some gardening tools you can get from Amazon. There is also some “dirt” (I didn’t want to use actual dirt because of the bugs so I made this sensory dirt using 1 cup baking soda and ½ cup cocoa powder). The tray also has some beans which we pretended were seeds.
Carrot Playdough Mat
I found this cute gardening playdough mat from somewhere. I actually printed this mat about a year ago and it has gotten a lot of use since then. The idea is simply to put the correct number of carrots in the dirt.
Vegetable Cutting Practice
You can make this tray by getting several paint chips and cutting and decorating them to look like vegetables (carrot, cucumber, corn, and potato). Put the “vegetables” on the tray along with some scissors. Have your toddler use the scissors to cut on the lines of the paint chips.
Put “Seeds” in the “Dirt”
This toddler tray uses a popcorn box with brown construction paper glued on the top of it. There are also holes in the top of the popcorn box that are just big enough to fit some penne pasta. To the side is a bunch of penne pasta. Pretend the pasta are seeds to plant. Have your toddler put the pasta into the holes, then dump them out and do it again.
You can find these cute fruit puzzles from Amazon and they are perfect for our gardening theme. The puzzles aren’t too difficult since the pieces are thin, perfect for your toddler.
Gardening Tot Book
I read this book at least once during the time that these trays are out. You can have your toddler color the pictures or look at the pictures as he turns the pages. Don’t expect your toddler to learn how to read by looking this book. This book is simply for exposure to words and letters and concepts of print.
Jack’s Garden by: Henry Cole
My Garden by: Kevin Henkes
In the Garden by: Elizabeth Spurr
Who’s Hiding? In the Garden by: Christiane Gunzi
Put Veggies in Basket
If you have knitted or plastic vegetables for this basket that would work best, but instead of using 3D vegetables, you can also just print these vegetable pictures in black and white and let your toddler color them before gathering them into the basket.