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Tot Explorations: Playing in the Snow (when there isn’t any!)

Okay, taking yet another page from my friend T Rex Mom’s book, I had to share how much FUN my son had this week with his “Snow Tray.”

It’s simple …I took a cookie sheet with edges, poured a few cups of white flour into it and added a couple small cars.

My son stood on his Learning Tower and drove his cars around in the snow! One of his cars even had a plow on it, so that added to the theme of snow driving! All I had to do to “reset” the snow was give the tray a little jiggle and he had a layer of fresh “snow” to drive through!

How fun was it? He played quietly with this tray for thirty or more minutes, without getting distracted! (Super awesome for me because I got to clean up the entire kitchen while he played right nearby!).

I will warn you, this made QUITE the mess, but only took about five minutes to wipe and vacuum up! Will I do this type of messy play again? Maybe once in a great while, but for regular car play, I’ll switch to large beans instead since they make less mess!

Do you have any other “tray play” ideas?

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TRex Dad

Saturday 4th of February 2012

I just had to chime in and say how much I loved seeing this! As TRex Mom mentioned, my Mom did this for me in (gak) the late 1960s. And her Mom did it for her brother in (GAK) ~1930. It worked then as it does now. It's a little messy but it gives the kids a bunch of fun and it gives the parents a chunk of time to get some stuff done!!

Your idea of the cookies sheets is a great improvement! We do wax paper like my Mom and Grandma did, and it's pretty worthless. Next time, I'm doing cookie sheets!

TRex Dad

Saturday 4th of February 2012

I just had to chime in and say how much I loved seeing this! As TRex Mom mentioned, my Mom did this for me in (gak) the late 1960s. And her Mom did it for her brother in (GAK) ~1930. It worked then as it does now. It's a little messy but it gives the kids a bunch of fun and it gives the parents a chunk of time to get some stuff done!!

Your idea of the cookies sheets is a great improvement! We do wax paper like my Mom and Grandma did, and it's pretty worthless. Next time, I'm doing cookie sheets!

T Rex Mom

Monday 30th of January 2012

We love this! In fact, while I finished up my paper on Saturday, T Rex Dad pulled this out and the kids played for about an hour. It was a big mess to clean up. It is also a great test in parental patience managing such messes. The original idea came from my mother-in-law who said this was how she kept young T Rex Dad occupied on days he was stuck in the house.

T Rex Mom

Monday 30th of January 2012

We love this! In fact, while I finished up my paper on Saturday, T Rex Dad pulled this out and the kids played for about an hour. It was a big mess to clean up. It is also a great test in parental patience managing such messes. The original idea came from my mother-in-law who said this was how she kept young T Rex Dad occupied on days he was stuck in the house.

Erin

Monday 30th of January 2012

Brave mama! I so want to try something like this for my tot. :) One time at a fall festival, she played at a wading pool full of corn and LOVED it.

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