Easter themed Treasure Tray

We love our Treasure Tray activities (see our first one and our Christmas themed one) and this weekend I decided it was time for an Easter Themed tray. We were kindly sent a lot of lovely Easter craft materials from Baker Ross, so I knew that our now bumper craft supplies would be perfect for this activity. This is what we did:

Easter treasure tray~ghostwritermummy.co.ukWe spread the shredded paper over the bottom of the tray and then added coloured feathers, large pipe cleaners, mini nests, sponge shapes and plastic fillable eggs. I wanted the tray to be colourful and busy, and a sensory experience for the eyes first and foremost.

We filled each of the eggs with different objects: some were filled with feathers, some with the paper, some with salt dough beads, some with salt dough stars and some with submersible lights. I wanted each egg to be a surprise when The Toddler opened them.

Easter treasure tray: using fillable plastic eggs~ghostwritermummy.co.ukThe Toddler loved opening the eggs and quickly found the most enjoyable activity to be filling them up again! She practised her fine motor skills by picking up the beads and carefully collecting them inside the egg shells, counting as she went: “One, Two, Tee, Two…” She also loved hiding the stars under the shredded paper and finding them again, exclaiming: “Star! Look, Mummy! I found a star!” Her vocabulary during this activity was wonderful! She also enjoyed hiding the lights under the shredded paper and then trying to blow them out!

The lights were a favourite of The Preschooler too. He loved holding the eggs in his hands and insisted they were magic. Then he carefully cracked the eggs, making ‘magic soup’!

Easter treasure tray: cracking the magic eggs~ ghostwritermummy.co.ukThe Toddler found the Treasure Tray to be a lovely, gentle sensory experience. She loved poking her feet into the paper shreds and feeling it under her fingers too. The feathers made her giggle as she picked them up and brushed them over her toes. She explored the sponges by pressing them with her fingers and even used them to wash her face!

Easter treasure tray: a sensory experience~ ghostwritermummy.co.ukWe also took the opportunity to practise some colour matching. I asked The Preschooler to collect as many yellow and green items as he could, and make separate piles for them. After a moment or two The Toddler joined in! We practised saying the colour names, then we went through other items on the tray, naming their colours and comparing them to our coloured piles. I can’t be sure, but I think that The Toddler understood a lot more than she let on! The Preschooler matched beads to pipe cleaners and practised his fine motor skills too, by threading them.

Easter treasure tray: matching colours~ ghostwritermummy.co.ukIt wasn’t long before The Preschooler discovered he could manipulate the pipe cleaners to make shapes and patterns, and then numbers. He spent absolutely ages on this self imposed tasks, making a number line to ten and lots of different shapes too. I then showed him how to make words with his pipe cleaners. I made the word ‘mum’, which he read aloud easily. I then made the word ‘top’, which again he read easily. He then re-arranged the letters to make the word ‘pot’! Clever boy!

Easter treasure tray: letters and numbers with pipe cleaners~ ghostwritermummy.co.ukAnother wonderful sensory learning experience for The Toddler and The Preschooler- and so easy to set up too. Do let me know if you try this one!

 

 
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34 Comments on Easter themed Treasure Tray

    • ghostwritermummy
      April 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm (2 years ago)

      That was all Luka’s work and I was so proud of him! They’re great for this kind of activity :)
      x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm (2 years ago)

      The lights are awesome! And SO glad you have a tuff spot now! Yay!
      x x

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  1. Jenny
    April 8, 2014 at 9:43 am (2 years ago)

    These are fantastic. I really need to learn how to do all this creative messy play stuff from you. Where do you get all the supplies??? I think we own crayons and coloring books that’s it. Sad but true. I need to stock pile a few things. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lovely post and a lot of fun here. #letkidsbekids
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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Haha the stuff for this activity was sent to us but mainly stuff has accumulated over the years! ๐Ÿ˜€
      x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, they were a great hit. We used them in the bath too- very effective!
      x

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  2. Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    April 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Great idea, I have most of the these things in my craft drawers :) I haven’t set the tuff spot up for awhile, must do it! #LetKidsBeKids
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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, set it up! This was great fun!
      x x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm (2 years ago)

      He is getting really great at doing that. So lovely to see!
      x x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 10, 2014 at 6:24 am (2 years ago)

      Ah that was all Luka’s idea- he’s a very clever boy!
      x x

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  3. Mel
    April 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Another great activity. You are so creative! Mel
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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 11, 2014 at 8:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, we did enjoy this one :)
      x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 11, 2014 at 8:26 pm (2 years ago)

      The pipe cleaners were a huge hit! Its funny what they choose to play with :)
      x

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  4. Karen Bell
    April 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm (2 years ago)

    What a fantastic sensory learning and fun activity. Great that its easter themed. The lights in the egg look fab.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, we had great fun :)
      x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 13, 2014 at 10:21 am (2 years ago)

      This one was from Ebay but you can also get them from Amazon, B&Q or Wilkos
      x x

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  5. lorna mai
    April 12, 2014 at 12:53 am (2 years ago)

    I love the way you incorporate all areas of learning – maths, literacy, creative play, physical. Brilliant activity and current!

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  6. Rahul
    April 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Aaaaw so cute! What a fab idea!!!
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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 15, 2014 at 1:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you!
      x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 15, 2014 at 1:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh I love Easter! Its so simple and has none of the stresses of present buying etc. Lovely!
      x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm (2 years ago)

      It always make me smile to see where they take the play :)
      x

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    • ghostwritermummy
      April 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, we got so much out of this activity and I’m sure if we did it again Luka would find more!
      x

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