Carrying a Tray

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Carrying a Tray
Practical Life - Gross Motor Skills
Using a Tray.JPG
LevelPre-Primary
Primary
Age1.5-3
Prerequisitesnone
Materialsa 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

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.

Points of Interest

Purpose

Direct Purpose

  • 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 Purpose

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

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions

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

Material

Where to Buy

Prices and links checked: 07 October 2020

Wooden Tray
Store Price
Absorbent Montessori
8" x 12"
$7.00
Absorbent Montessori
10" x 15"
$10.00
Alison's $15.00
Alison's
8" x 10"
$14.00
Alison's
10" x 14"
$15.00
E & O
20cm x 30cm
$17.10
E & O
20cm x 30cm
$14.40
E & O
25cm x 35cm
$19.80
E & O
30cm x 40cm
$23.40
Montessori Services
11" x 11"
$27.95
Montessori Services
5" x 7", elliptical
$20.95
Montessori Services
9" x 14"
$27.95
Montessori Services
7" x 10"
$15.95
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7" x 7"
$12.95
Montessori Services
4" x 9"
$7.95
Montessori Services
10" x 10"
$16.95
Montessori Services
7" x 12"
$26.95
E & O
48x28cm
$21.60
E & O
38.5x26cm
$19.80
Kid Advance
9.75x7.75"
$10.99
Kid Advance
13.75x9.75"
$12.99
Kid Advance
18x4.25"
$19.99
Kid Advance
10x10"
$19.99
Kid Advance
15.75x13.75"
$14.99
Lord Co.
7x11"
$8.50
Lord Co.
8.5x12"
$9.00
Montessori N' Such
9"x9"
$13.99
Montessori Outlet
11"x16"
$10.95
Nienhuis
large
$42.50
Affordable Montessori
(10" x 15")
$13.00
Affordable Montessori
(8" x 12")
$11.50
Affordable Montessori
(4.5" x 7")
$8.00
Wooden, 2 Sectioned
Store Price
Montessori Services
3" x 5"
$5.95
Sets of Wooden Trays
Store Price
Adena
3
$29.93
Alison's
3
$39.90
Alison's
3
$43.00
Alison's
3 bamboo
$20.00
Kid Advance
3
$33.99
Nienhuis
2 trays
$44.50
Melamine Tray
Store Price
Alison's
14" x 19", peony
$13.80
Alison's
14" x 19", roses
$29.99
Alison's
14" x 19", herbs
$28.00
Alison's
11.25" x 16", sunflower
$9.00
Alison's
11.25" x 16", lemons
$9.00
Montessori N' Such
14.75x6.25" black
$7.95
Montessori N' Such
14.75x6.25" red
$7.95
Montessori N' Such
14.75x6.25" blue
$7.95
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14.75x6.25" cobalt blue
$7.95
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14.75x6.25" yellow
$7.95
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14.75x6.25" green
$7.95
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14.75x6.25" orange
$7.95
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14.75x6.25" purple
$7.95
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14.75x6.25" Turquoise
$7.95
Montessori N' Such
10 trays, 14.75x6.25", variety
$77.50
Montessori N' Such
14.75x6.25" white
$7.95
Montessori Services
6"x8"
$7.95
Colored Plastic or Fiberglass
Store Price
Montessori Services
4" x 6", fiberglass
$5.50
U.S. Plastic Corp.
5" x 7", pouring corner
$6.57
Montessori Services
7" x 10"
$3.75
Montessori Services
8" x 10", fiberglass
$5.50
Montessori Services
9" x 15"
$7.95
Montessori Services
10" x 13"
$4.95
KaTom
10" x 14"
$1.74
U.S. Plastic Corp.
11" x 13"
$12.52
U.S. Plastic Corp.
11" x 13", pouring corner
$6.57
U.S. Plastic Corp.
12" x 16"
$12.52
U.S. Plastic Corp.
13" x 15", pouring corner
$6.57
U.S. Plastic Corp.
14" x 18"
$12.52
Montessori N' Such
11.5"x8.25"
$3.50
Montessori N' Such
8.25"x5.75"
$2.95
Montessori N' Such
16"x11"
$6.95
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5x8"
$2.50
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12x16" yellow
$4.25
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11.5x8.25" green
$3.50
Montessori N' Such
13.25x9.6"
$6.99
Montessori N' Such
9.6x6.6"
$3.60
Montessori Services
8"x10"fiberglass
$12.50
Montessori Services
9"x15"
$7.95
Montessori Services
10"x6.25"
$3.95
Clear Plastic
Store Price
Dollar Tree
8" x 13"
$1.00
Montessori Services
6" x 11"
$9.50
Dollar Tree
8"x13"
$1.00
Montessori N' Such
11x6"
$8.75
Montessori Services
12"x7"
$9.95
Stainless Steel
Store Price
Montessori Services
10" circle
$5.50
Mixed Assortment
Store Price
Montessori Services
set of 16
$65.00
Montessori Services
set of 16
$65.00