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Today I have a fun little winter play tray setup that’s a great sensory activity for your little one. I absolutely love setting these trays for my son because I know that he’ll have the opportunity to discover new items and play freely with all the materials provided.
Here’s everything you will need for this fun winter play tray setup:
- a large tray – feel free to use a pizza tray, that’s what I used
- small wooden pieces – I used tiny reindeer here which I found at a local store.
- fairy lights – looks so nice when lit up.
- white beans – you want something that will act as snow. I could’ve used something better, like salt, but I wanted to reuse what I used previously in other activities. I am using black-eyed beans here.
- chestnuts – that imitate rocks.
- white pom-poms – imitates snow bundles.
- pine cones – I already had these from a project I did last year (that’s why they are painted)
- characters – I am using PLP toys – which are handpainted by me. Check them out here.
- mini construction vehicles – great for scooping and moving things around. You can find them on Amazon.
Related: DIY fine motor skills activity for 2-3-year-olds
How to set up the winter play tray
It’s very easy to setup because there are no rules. Now it’s time to get creative and I am sure your tray will be perfect for your little one.
Check out the video below to see some behind the scenes.
Suitable from 2 years old, please supervise your child, especially since we are using smaller parts.
A final note
I hope you liked this activity idea for the littles. If you are looking for some more play inspiration, please follow me on Instagram. I post more play inspiration there.