What rectangle toddler trays can I set up to teach my child about rectangles?
This will be the last set of shape toddler trays I will be posting for you. Starting in October, we want to start doing themed trays again and I will have them out for 2 weeks instead of one. I’ll explain all of those changes in October. For now, I’ll show you the fun rectangle toddler trays we did this week.
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Shape Game for Rectangles: Popsicle Stick Shapes
Put 6 popsicle sticks on this tray and encourage your toddler to use them to make a rectangle. If they have a hard time doing this on their own, you can print out the rectangle page from my popsicle stick shapes post.
Decorate a Rectangle: Stickers
This tray has a rectangle outline that I drew on plain paper. It also has a bunch of pompoms. The idea is that your toddler will transfer the pompoms onto the outline to make a rectangle. You can also use a pair of small tongs instead of fingers to transfer the pompoms.
Pasta Sensory Bin
This toddler tray has a container filled with pasta. We have used this same pasta for several sensory bins so it has gotten a lot of use. Hidden in the pasta were different colors and sizes of felt rectangles. At first your toddler may not notice the felt but when they eventually realize there is something besides the pasta they will have a lot of fun talking about the different colors of rectangles and the different sizes.
This tray had some shaving cream on it. Have your toddler make rectangles with their finger in the shaving cream. Even though this tray is a little messy it is really fun for them.
Make a “mote” with playdough and have it in the shape of a rectangle. Then, have your toddler spoon beans into the empty space in the mote. Make sure to use a lot of playdough so there is a big enough space for spooning the beans. If it is too small it is very hard for them to spoon the beans correctly and can be frustrating.
These toddler school trays are really fun for me to put together and your toddler will love doing them. Sometimes your child may not always do what you expect, but they are always learning something! It is incredible to watch them learn. I’ve been curious lately, how many of you do toddler trays with your kids? Do your kids like them and do they learn from them? I’d love to hear about your adventures.