The other night I put together this salt tray and set of alphabet cards set for Simon. He has been into learning about letters lately, and loves to trace things. Also, anytime he gets to do sensory play is exciting for him.
There are so many different, awesome ways to make salt trays and to play with them, but the one that inspired me was from this great Montessori site. I re-purposed a wooden tray that came from a Melissa and Doug lacing card toy that Simon got for Christmas. The cards, I made by cutting up pieces of various thick watercolor paper that I had on hand. I made all the cards the same size, just right for inserting into the small compartment on the wooden tray. I painted all of the letters of the alphabet in capital on one side, and lower case on the back.
In addition to working on making letters, Simon also likes to use the tray to draw pictures. Sometimes he asks for a q-tip to do this. He really likes running his hands through the roughly textured salt, and making little piles in the tray too. As for the alphabet cards, we have spread those out in a line on the floor, and sung our ABC’s as we walked along, stepping and jumping in front of each letter.
There are so many possibilities, and we are having lots of fun with these. :)