Carrying a Tray

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Carrying a Tray
Practical Life - Gross Motor Skills
Level Pre-Primary
Primary
Age 1.5
Prerequisites none
Materials a tray

The purpose of this activity is to teach the child how to carefully carry a tray around the room. This is a lesson that should be taught early in the school year to new students as it is a prerequisite for many other activities.

Presentation[edit]

Carrying a Tray

Material A table and a tray

Presentation

Introduction Prepare the material needed: a child's table and a tray. Invite 3-4 children to come participate in your lesson by telling them you have something to show them. Show each child where exactly to sit and once the children are seated, you sit so that you can see them all, they all can see you, and yet you are not in front of them. Call their attention to the tray on the table and tell them that you are going to show them how to carry a tray. Stand up so that you are in front of the table and the tray is also in front of you Lifting

Place your right thumb over the lip on the right of the tray in the middle. Wrap your four right fingers under the lip of the tray. Place your left thumb opposite your right thumb on the lip on the left side of the tray. Wrap your four left fingers under the lip of the tray. Lift straight up with both hands until the tray is at the level of your lower stomach. Walk carefully around a designated space all the while checking that the walkway is clear of obstacles. Come back to the spot of the demonstration. Replacing

Slowly lower the top right corner until it touches the tabletop. Silently lower the top left corner onto the tabletop. Silently lower both of the corners nearest to your body onto the table. Remove your left hand from the tray and then your right. Offer each child the opportunity to pick up and carry the tray.

Once they have all had a turn excuse them one at a time, making sure each child has thought of what he would like to de next.


Purpose

Direct: Growth in independence with regard to the performance of the movements necessary for the carrying and placing the tray without damaging himself, others, or the tray.

Indirect: Coordination of the child’s movement, development of the muscles, and concentration.

Points of Interests Listening to see if a sound is made.

Age 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 years

Points of Interest[edit]

Control of Error[edit]

Variations and Extensions[edit]

  • Older students could try carrying a bell on the tray, trying to keep it from making any sound as they walk.

Material[edit]

Where to Buy[edit]

Wooden Tray
Absorbent Montessori $6.49 (8" x 12")
Absorbent Montessori $8.99 (10" x 15")
Affordable Montessori $9.00 (10" x 15")
Affordable Montessori $7.00 (8" x 12")
Alison's $15.00
Alison's $10.50 (10" x 12")
Alison's $8.00 (8" x 10")
Alison's $10.00 (10" x 14")
Cabdev $7.50 (6" x 9")
Cabdev $10.00 (8" x 12")
Cabdev $11.75 (10" x 16")
Cabdev $9.00 (37cm x 24 cm)
Creative Learning $10.17 (8" x 12")
Creative Learning $11.24 (9" x 13")
E & O $17.00 (20cm x 30cm)
E & O $19.00 (20cm x 30cm)
E & O $19.00 (25cm x 35cm)
E & O $21.00 (25cm x 35cm)
E & O $26.00 (30cm x 40cm)
E & O $27.00 (30cm x 40cm)
Early School $15.00 (7" x 8")
Early School $17.00 (7" x 13")
Early School $19.00 (9" x 14")
Juliana $14.00 (4" x 4")
Juliana $25.20 (10" x 11")
Juliana $29.40 (10" x 17")
Kid Advance $9.99 (8" x 10")
Kid Advance $13.99 (14" x 15")
Lord Co. $5.00 (5" x 5")
Montessori N' Such $7.50 (5" x 8")
Montessori N' Such $18.00 (9" x 13")
Montessori N' Such $7.99 (5" x 7")
Montessori N' Such $13.25 (9" x 14")
Montessori Outlet $8.95 (11" x 16")
Montessori Services $23.75 (11" x 11")
Montessori Services $15.95 (5" x 7")(elliptical)
Montessori Services $23.75 (9" x 14")
Montessori Services $11.95 (6" x 9")(bamboo)
Montessori Services $12.00 (7" x 10")
Montessori Services $9.95 (7" x 7")
Montessori Services $5.00 (4" x 9")
Montessori Services $14.00 (10" x 10")
Montessori Services $23.75 (7" x 12")
Nienhuis $39.90 (large)

Wooden, 2 Sectioned
Montessori Services $3.50 (3" x 5")

Sets of Wooden Trays
Adena $16.96 (3)
Affordable Montessori $39.00 (4)
Alison's $32.00 (3)
Alison's $32.00 (3)
Alison's $32.00 (3)
Alison's $20.00 (3) (bamboo)
Cabdev $41.00 (3)
ETC Press $35.00 (3)
Jump Start $20.95 (2 each 6" x 9")
Jump Start $22.95 (2 each 8" x 12")
Jump Start $25.95 (2 each 10" x 16")
Kid Advance $32.99 (3)
Montessori N' Such $18.00 (3)
Nienhuis $44.10 (2)

Melamine Tray
Alison's $6.30 (14" x 19")(peony)
Alison's $6.30 (14" x 19")(roses)
Alison's $6.30 (14" x 19")(orchid)
Alison's $6.30 (14" x 19")(herbs)
Alison's $9.00 (11.25" x 16")(sunflower)
Alison's $9.00 (11.25" x 16")(lemons)
Montessori N' Such $4.25 (4" x 5")(butterflies)
Montessori N' Such $3.75 (5" x 7")(fish)
Montessori N' Such $6.25 (5" x 8")(cat)
Montessori N' Such $5.99 (5" x 8")(poppies)
Montessori N' Such $6.25 (5" x 8")(geranium)
Montessori N' Such $3.75 (4" x 5")(cottage)
Montessori N' Such $6.00 (5" x 8")(magnolia)
Montessori N' Such $5.50 (5" x 8")(roses)
Montessori N' Such $6.50 (5" x 8")(rose)
Montessori N' Such $5.50 (4" x 5")(fruit)
Montessori N' Such $4.00 (7" x 7")
Montessori Services $3.75 (6" x 8")

Clear Plastic
Amazon $5.39 (10" x 8")
Dollar Tree $1.00 (8" x 13")
Montessori N' Such $2.25 (6" circle)
Montessori N' Such $5.25 (6" circle)(set of 3)
Montessori N' Such $4.25 (6" x 13")
Montessori N' Such $3.99 (6" x 13")
Montessori N' Such $4.25 (6" x 13")
Montessori N' Such $12.50 (5" x 7")(set of 4)
Montessori Services $8.50 (6" x 11")
Montessori Services $3.75 (5" x 7")
Montessori Services $12.50 (5" x 7")(set of 4)
Montessori Services $4.50 (5" x 10")

Colored Plastic or Fiberglass
Montessori Services $4.75 (4" x 6")(fiberglass)
Montessori N' Such $1.29 (5" x 7")
Montessori Services $5.75 (5" x 7")(set of 2)
Montessori Services $21.00 (5" x 7")(set of 8)
U.S. Plastic Corp. $5.53 (5" x 7")(pouring corner)
Montessori N' Such $2.00 (5" x 8")
Montessori N' Such $2.50 (5" x 8")
Montessori N' Such $1.29 (5" x 9")
Amazon $4.79 (6" x 8")
Montessori N' Such $2.75 (6" x 8")
Montessori N' Such $3.35 (7" x 10")
Montessori N' Such $45.50 (7" x 10")(set of 14)
Montessori Services $3.50 (7" x 10")
Montessori N' Such $2.50 (7" x 13")
Montessori Services $2.50 (7" x 13")
Montessori Services $10.75 (8" x 10")(fiberglass)
Montessori N' Such $3.95 (8" x 11")
Montessori Services $12.95 (8" x 12")
Montessori N' Such $3.95 (9" x 9")(blue)
Montessori N' Such $3.95 (9" x 9")(green)
Montessori Services $3.95 (9" x 9")
Montessori N' Such $21.50 (9" x 12")(set of 4)
Montessori Services $5.50 (9" x 15")
Montessori N' Such $6.99 (10" x 13")
Montessori Services $3.95 (10" x 13")
KaTom $1.35 (10" x 14")
Montessori N' Such $3.75 (10" x 14")
Montessori N' Such $63.00 (10" x 14")(set of 18)
People's Restaurant Eqpt. $1.33 (10" x 14")
U.S. Plastic Corp. $3.15 (11" x 13")
U.S. Plastic Corp. $10.49 (11" x 13")(pouring corner)
U.S. Plastic Corp. $4.62 (12" x 16")
U.S. Plastic Corp. $16.21 (13" x 15")(pouring corner)
U.S. Plastic Corp. $6.45 (14" x 18")


Colored Plastic, 2 Sectioned
Montessori N' Such $3.50 (7" x 12")(blue)
Montessori N' Such $3.50 (7" x 12")(lime green)
Montessori N' Such $3.50 (7" x 12")(red)
Montessori N' Such $3.50 (7" x 12")(yellow)
Montessori N' Such $12.00 (7" x 12")(set of 4)
Montessori N' Such $10.50 (7" x 12")(set of 3)
Montessori Services $3.50 (7" x 12")

Stainless Steel
Montessori Services $4.95 (10" circle)
Montessori Services $4.75 (12" circle)
Montessori Services $6.50 (7" x 10")(elliptical)

Mixed Assortment
Montessori N' Such $48.50 (set of 15)
Montessori Services $63.50 (set of 16)


Also see Sorting Trays