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One of my New Year's resolutions was to be more intentional each day about making one on one time for each child for preschool. We do a lot of guided sensory play and free play already, but I wanted to add a bit more structure in to our routine. One of the things that has been working well for us is the introduction of "tot trays." The simple explanation is that I set up a learning focused activity on a tray and the kids each work on their own tray while I supervise. For a more thorough explanation, check out 1+1+1+1's article on the basics of tot trays. 

Having two children of different ages can be intimidating when beginning to think about pre-schooling at home, I know it was for me, but the trays make it so simple! I usually prep four each evening after they go to bed, and they they each have two to do in the morning. Sometimes I set up a toy we already own, and other times I make up an activity or find something creative on Pinterest for us to do. I'll be sharing some of our more unique homemade trays as the year goes on, but I also wanted to include this list of 25+ toys that work well for tot trays in case you are looking for a jumping off point to begin your own tot school, don't have time to make your own trays, or are in the market for an educational toy. 

For more fun and educational tot tray ideas, check out my Pinterest board: Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Kids: Tot Trays on Pinterest.


from Life Lesson Plans and The Gossamer Girl

Brigette was born and raised in Nebraska, but ever since her husband joined the Air Force, she has traveled around the world with him and their two young kids. First living in Hawaii, and then in Germany, their family has soaked up all sorts of cultural experiences that she loves to weave in to her writing. She and the kids are now back home and are rediscovering their roots. Recently, Brigette started writing a personal blog called The Gossamer Girl where she shares lifestyle stories about h ...

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