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Duck Themed Spring Tuff Tray

Duck Themed Spring Tuff Tray

With Spring in full swing here in the UK and April showers falling, it really is the duck happy season! We love feeding ducks all year round but there is something about seeing the ducks waddling around happily in the showers that pour suddenly. 

There are so many lovely stories and nursery rhymes that would accompany play set ups perfectly. Today we have the lovely Sue Baxter here to share with us her Duck Themed Tuff Tray she set up for her children to enjoy.

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Duck Themed Spring Tuff Tray

I brought a piece of astro turf that works excellent in small world play. I use the pieces quite a bit. Not only does it often complete the set up, but it is quite a sensation to touch so works well for sensory exploration too. It sat well on top of the large mirror I had made for Tuff Tray play. 

The egg nests and chicks I picked up from a local pound shop. It's the perfect time of year to collect items like this from the shops as Easter goodies fill the shelves. 

Duck Themed Spring Tuff Tray

I had printed cards off Twinkl. The blue dish I brought from a car boot sale, it was originally from M&S and worked really well as a little pool for the ducks.

I had also cut out raindrops from blue and silver card that I scattered around the tray.

Duck Themed Spring Tuff Tray

The rocks, trees and mountains I have had in toy storage for a while. They are part of a dinosaur small worlds I brought several years ago.

There were a number of books that worked well for us. If you were choosing to have a duck themed topic you could also look at using:

Goose on the Loose (UK/US)
Duck and Goose - Here Comes the Easter Bunny (UK/US)
A Cuddle for Little Duck (UK/US)
Duck in the Truck (UK/US)
Five Little Ducks (UK/US)

Duck Themed Spring Tuff Tray

The flowers I have used quite a lot too. You may have seen them in the Spring Themed Tuff Tray I shared with you recently. You could pick pretend flowers in pots up from shops such as garden centres, Dunelm and Homebase.

Tick it Education Products were the makers of the mirrored letters. They are excellent for children who are beginning to recognise letters and read words. 

Duck Themed Spring Tuff Tray

It is great having Sue join us again. She has shared some fantastic activity ideas and inspiration including activities for:
We love her work and would like to thank her so much for sharing her ideas with us!

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  1. I absolutely love this idea!! You incorporated so many sensory and learning activities into your tray and its all based off of a book! Taking reading to the next level! I am going to have to use this idea at my school. It would keep the kids busy for hours.
    Thank you for your creative post!

  2. I love this activity! I think it is amazing how you planned so many activities from one book and put it together in one sensory tub. This is very creative and I will be borrowing this idea for my school! Thanks for your post!


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