Baby/Toddler stuff, Playtime

Autumn Invitation to play

Tuff trays are great for the summer outside, but when we’re stuck inside I love making smaller play trays.

If I left Dorothea to it, she’d probably only play with her Duplo and her babies; but setting up a tray like this encourages her to play with different thinks in more creative ways.

Today’s play tray was made up of

  • A pumpkin ‘lid’
  • Conkers
  • Green play doh
  • A faux grass sample (companies will send for free)
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Chia seeds
  • A cut up gift wrap tub
  • Grimms rainbow pieces
  • Wooden forest animals
  • Autumn coloured beads
  • Autumn colours pegs/pots
  • Orange cutters/ roller
  • Wooden spoon
  • Paper straws
    Autumn leaves
  • Our favourite activities using this tray were
    • Rolling conkers down the tube
      Pressing seeds and oats into dough
      Making fields for the animals and feeding them
      Fitting the beads onto the straws
      Stacking the rainbow/beads/animals
      Blowing the leaves/seeds/oats using the straws
  • I love making random play trays- they truly are ‘open ended’ play and you’ll be surprised at how your little one plays and how long it keeps them entertained.
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