The Many Uses of Target Trays in K!

8/08/2019 / Leave a Comment
Last summer, I dragged my sister on quests to all the Targets in NH (and some in Maine) in order to find a class set of these trays:

We would find a few with each trip, but I really wanted 25, and we know how teachers get in the summer, right?

We tried ordering online from Bullseye's Playground, but they kept shipping the deeper trays by mistake!

But, after countless trips to every Target in our area, I finally found 25 and it was a quest that was totally worth it!

In the beginning of the year we used them for play-doh. That helped to avoid the play-doh on Ms. Beakey's shoe problem that often occurs in Kindergarten! ๐Ÿ˜›

The trays also worked really well with the Dollar Tree's tower puzzles too. No more lost pieces, and we could easily set it aside to finish later, if they needed to work on something else.

I think one of my favorite uses was for water coloring. We do this on Fridays, at least once a month. We start with a directed drawing, they outline it in sharpie and then they paint. However, this activity can get a little messy those first few months of school! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
Especially when I am the only one cleaning up the spills. These trays were a lifesaver! If someone did spill, I could just carry the entire tray to the sink. Plus, they only got their paper wet, not every paper on the table.

By the time January rolled around, they could paint without the trays and clean up after themselves (my favorite time of year!)
They also make great drying racks when you are limited on storage space! ๐Ÿ˜‚
We also used them for our sand trays in reading groups, so they could practice writing their names, letters and sight words.

Shaving cream was another great use for these trays. I actually did not try this until the end of the year, but I will definitely use them for it this year - and probably a lot sooner.  It was easier to clean a tray rather than a table and - no more messes in each other's spaces!

So even though it took half the summer and countless trips to Target to find them - sorry Kris! - it was a quest that was definitely worth it!


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