I love a tuff tray! Who doesn’t? A space for true discovery, a place to contain the mess and a space for children to create using their wonderful imaginations.
I love to set up a range of activities that promote discussion and that cover varied curriculum areas for the EYFS or KS1. I would also use them in other Year groups if given the chance! Usually, tuff tray activities are opportunities for the children to explore for themselves – I don’t usually have an agreed outcome. Sometimes the children surprise me and create scenarios and masterpieces that I would never have thought of. Sometimes too, they make mess – good old fashioned mess! I love this too.
Other times, I model and carefully go through an activity step by step as this too is beneficial to teach certain skills such as folding, cutting, colour mixing and following instructions. These activities are then copied by the children and they will return to them time and time again.