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Exploring mini beasts  - A Tuff Tray invitation for  pre schoolers

A mini Beast Tuff Tray

    Like most three year olds Arlo is absolutely obsessed with bugs and so now that spring is blooming the garden is full of them and they are a great natural resource to explore. We have been moving around the pots and digging up the borders for the last few weeks and so have found quite a few creatures in the garden. This afternoon I set… Read More »A mini Beast Tuff Tray

    Construction challenge with ice

    Frozen Tuff Tray Play

      I have been filling the tuff tray with water every night in winter in the hope that it will freeze over, as I wanted to make a giant version of this Ice skating messy play tray. Today we managed to get a thick enough sheet of ice to play with. First things first we did some stomping to break the ice up in our frozen… Read More »Frozen Tuff Tray Play

      A frozen arctic themed tuff tray

      Arctic Tuff Tray Play

        I decided to set up an arctic tuff tray outdoors to get a bit of fresh air – this one is not for the faint hearted! As the temperature has dropped so much I filled the tray with water late last night and i dropped in some snow flake decorations left over from Christmas, and it worked perfectly – frozen on the surface when I… Read More »Arctic Tuff Tray Play

        Bug Hotel

        Bug Hotel

          Welcome to Rainbow Towers! Our bug hotel was an amazon find, the basic wooden box arrived flat pack and had to be glued together which didn’t take too long at all. Then is was just a case of doing a little bit of interior design. I set up a nature tuff tray and we set to work. The straw, pine cones and bamboo sticks all… Read More »Bug Hotel

          Nature printing Tuff Tray

          Nature printing Tuff Tray

            After the success of our previous nature themed tuff tray I decided to set this one up again. Last time I covered the whole tray in brown paper but we didn’t end up using it to full effect, but I’m glad I provided some sheets of craft paper alongside paints squeezed in to paper plates and some bamboo sticks, pine cones and straw. As you… Read More »Nature printing Tuff Tray

            Nature painting tuff tray

            Nature painting tuff tray

              A really simple painting invitation to play. You will need: Paper plates Brushes Paint Collected materials – pinecones and leaves etc. We have been collecting all sorts of random bits and bobs on our nature walks, from pebbles, to pinecones and leaves because Arlo takes his scavenger hunting very seriously. So finally putting all of the bits and bobs to good use I covered Arlo’s… Read More »Nature painting tuff tray

              Messy Play - spaghetti

              Under the Sea Tuff Tray with Spaghetti

                I often use spaghetti for messy play. It’s great to add texture. I always felt safer using edible foodstuffs when Arlo was tiny because everything would always end up in his mouth. You will need: Spaghetti Food colouring Vinegar Olive oil I’ve tried various different methods and this is the one which works best for me. Boil and drain off the pasta as normal, before… Read More »Under the Sea Tuff Tray with Spaghetti

                FireMan Tuff Tray

                FireMan Tuff Tray

                  This is the most simple idea which I have seen doing the rounds lately….. and requires minimal set up compared to our recent tuff tray set ups like our car wash, construction and dinosaur swamp so worth trying out: You will need: Water based paint Paint brush Tuff tray Hose pipe Water spray Fire characters So here’s a time lapse of me creating the set… Read More »FireMan Tuff Tray

                  Tuff Tray - Car Wash

                  Tuff Tray – Car Wash

                    This article features a product I was given free of charge in exchange for social media content. All views and opinions expressed are my own. I put all Arlo’s favourite toys in to slime last week and we ended up having to set up a washing activity because he wasn’t too impressed with all of his dinosaurs getting the Tuff Tray experience. I decided to… Read More »Tuff Tray – Car Wash

                    Washing up

                    Washing up

                      It seems crazy to add this in as an activity but trust me on this one….. add bubbles to a plastic bowl in the garden and children seem to suddenly want to complete chores. You will need: Washing up bowl Washing up liquid Sponge Cloths Brushes After my messy dinosaur themed tuff tray Arlo was very disappointed that his dinosaurs were covered in slime and… Read More »Washing up