Thanksgiving Writing Tray | Still Playing School

Thanksgiving Writing Tray

For Thanksgiving, we created a writing tray with an irresistible material for our kids to practice their fine motor skills through relaxing sensory play! 

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Writing trays are the perfect sensory and fine motor invitation for children to explore mark making. Before a child even picks up a writing utensil they can practice making forms and eventually letters. 

Once she explored the tactile experience for a bit I made a turkey leg out of pipe cleaners. She loved stamping turkey track footprints in our writing tray!

Have you seen how Fun-a-Day! painted with turkey tracks?

When stamping these tracks, you get a reluctant writer to hold a pencil-like instrument without ever knowing they are working on the correct grasp.

During my work and discussion with our preschooler I realized what our toddler was doing. Did you notice a few pictures up that he was threading pony beads onto our chopsticks?  Even when he was using the chopstick to write it still had a bead on it!

He found his own motivating fine motor work in the materials we provided for exploration. I will be brainstorming how I can replicate this idea in several ways for him in the future.

Both kids loved sprinkling the cornmeal through their fingers. Cornmeal is a fantastic taste safe alternative to sand for sensory play!

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With designs and beads we created a kid zen garden that we will be getting out again even when the holiday is over. The colors and textures are beautiful no matter the season!

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  1. Love the pipe cleaner turkey tracks stamp! This is a fun way to practice letters and shapes too!

  2. Turkey feet! I'm gonna have to do this for my preschooler.