Sunday, 12 March 2017

St Patrick's Day Salt Tray

St Patrick's Day is coming so quickly! Only less than a week away! We have used this time to get a few nice St Patrick's Day themed activities in! Today, I am sharing a nice way to practice writing using our St Patrick's Day salt tray cards! 

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St Patrick's Day Salt Tray

Age: 3+
Why: to prepare your child for writing letters, and numbers. Trays like this give children an opportunity to practice writing letters via a tactile experience. 

The Montessori method is focused very heavily on learning by doing. By initially learning letters in this tactile way (using sandpaper letters in combination with sand tray), children remember how letters are formed almost effortlessly. Their fingers, by tracing the letters, and then making their shapes in the sand are contributing to the formation of muscle memory. 

Children's hands help them to absorb information and learn! I really love this aspect of Montessori learning. 


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Here are several ideas for how to use salt (or sand etc) trays, to help your child practice writing. 

How to use

Salt trays are great tools because children can easily 'erase' mistakes. They allow an effective way to practice penmanship. 

To set up our St Patrick's Day Salt tray, I used our St Patrick's Day Writing Cards alongside green salt! You can colour salt by taking a bag or container with a lid. Add desired amount of salt and a coloured piece of chalk. If you shake the chalk and salt around, the salt will become the colour of the salt. Nifty, huh? 

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In the example above, you can present these printables along with a salt tray. The child can see the letter and then practice writing it in the sand. I would also recommend presenting them alongside sandpaper letters for the child to first practice tracing letters. I do not have any in English so they are not photographed. 

Y has started showing interest in learning the alphabet in English, as well as Russian though. I'm navigating all of these languages slowly, hoping to avoid too much confusion in learning the different alphabets we use. 

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For learning English, at the moment, I do like to use this bookto help him first form the letters with his finger. 

This type of set up could also be nice to practice writing using this set of cards. You could laminate the cards for repeated use. 

Get your set!




Includes: 
  • A-Z capital tracing letters in d'nealian font
  • A-Z lower case tracing letters in d'nealian font
  • 0-9 tracng cards in d'nealian font
  • 4 blank cards

Some supplies that may help


These items may be useful to setting up these activities! You can click on the photos for more details! 


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