One of my new goals for 2014 with homeschooling my 3-year old is to incorporate activity trays into our learning. My daughter works really well with this type of learning environment so I'm excited to see her progress as we use them this year. I made three trays last week that she enjoyed that incorporated fine motor, numbers, counting, sorting and name recognition using a Valentine's Day theme.
My daughter used her finger to count the dots under the hearts and then counted that many heart gems into the hearts. After a couple days we did have some progress, but you will probably see lots of these activities coming from me over the next couple months as I work on this with my daughter.
My daughter found a heart and had to match it to the correct number on the strips. After matching all the numbers we also practiced pointing and counting from 1 to 10.
This activity was awesome for fine motor! We used the opportunity to talk about the letters in her name and to practice spelling her name out loud as well.