20 Wicker Tray Play Ideas
The wicker tray is a beautiful, natural alternative to the standard plastic tray. Create an inspirational invitation to play with this natural wicker tray. Perfect for heuristic play resources, loose parts and wooden toys, it is easy for little ones to access.
It works well on our wooden stand and equally as well on the floor.
Hayley from @littlewiseowlschildminding loves her wicker tray, she says:
“I love the heuristic wicker tray, it looks naturally appealing and blends in well creating a more calm environment. In my setting, it sits well on top of a sturdy wooden crate. I also use it on the floor which is more inviting for little crawling explorers, it’s very spacious so they can climb in and investigate! My little ones like the feel of the wicker as they run their fingers over the tray giving that added sensory experience.
It works well when setting up nature-based play invitations really enhancing those natural treasures”.
We have compiled 20 of our most recent Wicker Tray play ideas to share with you:
Small Worlds Tray Play - Dear Zoo - Bookish Play
Small World play in the wicker tray, with Zoo animals to explore and Dear Zoo to read.
Wooden Toys Wicker Tray Play
Include Natural and wooden toys for children to explore and investigate. The wicker tray is inviting when on the floor as children will climb in to explore it's contents. Here we used wooden nesting bowls, Trog Houses, Peg people and wooden texture print cars - perfect for sand too!
Woodland Animal Small World Tray Play
How inviting is this small world woodland scene in our wicker tray? With lots of natural treasures for the animals to hide in.
Magical Dragon Tray Play
We love this magical Dragon scene in our Wicker tray. Exploring the colour blue and a story about Dragons to read outdoors. So inviting! This little one got stuck straight into the magic glass gems!
Valentine's Day theme Tray Play
Beautiful Tinker trays to explore and investigate on our wicker tray. Chickpeas are popular tray play accessories along with flowers and petals and pom poms.
Christmas themed Tray Play
Sparkly Christmas treasures in the wicker tray and a loose parts invitation to create a beautiful Christmas Tree.
Sprout Racing Tray Play!
This looks like so much fun - racing left over sprouts down mixed surface wooden guttering. A wooden ten frame also works well here for basic counting skills.
Now doesn't this large mushroom look magical in this play set up? Plants make a perfect addition to tray play. A felt scenery mat was also used in this one to create a base.
Learning to count
Learning to count with number trays, peg people and pine cones.
Natural Treasures Small World Outdoor Play
Allow children to create their own worlds with natural loose parts treasures. Included below are bamboo pots, real wood trees and a bridge.
Dinosaur Dig Tray Play and Investigations
Dig for dinosaur bones, fossils and skeletons in sand. Explore the variety of Dinosaurs that can be found. We also used Alphabet Lozenges here too.
Halloween Wicker Tray Play
Spooky Halloween set ups in our wicker tray by @wolfcubplay
A Walk through the Woods - story time
Bookish Play is popular at the moment. Linking books to play can be a fantastic way to open up the play, inspiring rich opportunities for talk and understanding.
Chinese New Year Wicker Tray Play
Loose parts tinker tray play in the wicker tray. Children love to tinker and explore.
Exploring Colours and Rainbows
Encourage children to find lots of colourful resources to add to the mix. Can they identify all the colours? What will they create with all these beautiful, colourful loose parts?
Rain before Rainbows Bookish play in the wicker tray. Can children create rainbows in this beautiful wooden rainbow maker with felt balls?
Slow Down Bookish Play
Bring calm to a busy world with 50 Nature Stories - a wonderful book to learn through play and to discover a world of nature and how they occur.
Counting Pots with Stick people
Featuring our Bamboo Counting Pots.
More Wicker Tray Play Ideas from @LittleWiseOwlsChildminding:
The Three Little Pigs - story time play in the wicker tray
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Watch out for our Wicker Mirror Circle Tray Play Ideas blog - coming soon!