Saturday, March 3, 2012

Following Instructions

Lately we've been doing a lot of Tray Work, these sets are all about Following Instructions!  And of course the ideas were found on Pinterest, my new favourite place- (It makes lesson planning so much easier!)

Butterfly followed pictured steps to making a Potato Head person complete!

I also made a Duplo Lego tray.

I made patterned cards and clipped them all to a ring.

Butterfly built the same tower to match the pattern on each card.

I made sure the right amount of blocks and colours to complete all the cards correctly were provided in the basket on the tray.  This promotes self-correcting, and provides organization to help eliminate frustration in the child.  Giving her the whole box of Legos to complete the cards would have been overwhelming.

On this tray, it was about following a legend.

Butterfly saw that all 10's had to be green circles, all 9's had to be yellow circles, ect.

She covered each number following the legend.  I chose her least favourite numbers to help practise them more.

In this activity, Butterfly took a card from the card holder, and with the provided foam stickers in the basket, she matched the exact image shown on the card, on the blank side.

Some of these images were layered to boost up the challenge.

I made sure I provided the exact and right amount of stickers each card needed to complete the activity.  Here are more examples of the cards I made.

She did pretty good matching each side up, placing them on the blank side exactly how the other side is shown.

These are great practical life skills tray work to practise following instructions and following steps.


  1. Thanks for sharing these very cool them and will give them a go with my Sweet Pea.

  2. Some very cool ideas. I have a question about your blog template. I recently started a blog using blogspot and was wondering how you go about choosing a different background other than the ones they have offered. Thanks so much!!

    1. I spent many hours designing my own background. But there are other sites that offer backgrounds for blogspot if you search that. I think a popular one with many designs to choose from is The Cutest Blog On The Block site. Do a Google search for "blogspot backgrounds".

  3. I keep intending on making a Duplo tray like you have! Maybe this will be the push I need!

  4. I love these ideas for "independent" work - thank you!

  5. Did you draw your Mr. Potato Head "instruction" sheet by hand? I love that idea but can hardly draw a stick person, much less a potato head person. Was wondering if maybe you had downloaded these somewhere?

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your ideas!

    1. I have another idea- Take photos of each step, print them out and glue them in order, is another way to make this activity without drawing them :) Hope that helps!

    2. I love these ideas! Can I ask where you found the trays? They are so colorful, and they look like just the right size.

    3. I bought our trays from Ikea and the Dollar store :)


  7. Lots of great ideas here.

    We have a special focus this week on maths and number posts at the Empty Your Archive link party, and I would absolutely love for you to link this up, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  8. These are all fabulous ideas! :) I'm going to give the numbers with dot stickers a go tomorrow! :) Thanks so much for these great ideas! Pinning now!

  9. hi, where did you find the dot stickers in stoplight colors? Thanks


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