having opted not to enroll lucy into her (parent-attended) preschool this session, i am, as of late, searching for ways to give her a bit of structured-yet-unstructured lesson time here at home. i stumbled across the idea of tray activities somewhere on the internet, loosely based on the montessori approach of having age-appropriate crafts and learning toys set out a the child's level to work with as they desire. i liked the idea of going beyond what's sitting in the toybox (the stuff that gets played with day in and day out) to "special" little activities that are a bit more engaging and conceptual.
our interpretation is a tray set out each morning for lucy to work with & explore. when she's done, the tray gets tided up and set back on the table, just in case she wants to come back to it later. she often does.
favorite activities so far have included water pouring, button art and digging for treasure (bottle caps!) in a bowl of flour. tools have included glass jars, bottles and bowls, items from the cooking drawer and one of my favorite china pitchers--in lucy's eyes this makes everything all the more interesting. it's all fun and games till something breaks, kid!
of course, i'm the mama with tons of ideas and a little one who wants to do the same three activities over and over. oh well. i guess that's part of being two--they learn through repetition, right?