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Autumn Tuff Spot Tray

It's now officially Autumn and we now have the weather to match. I must admit that while we did have a great summer I am more than ready to embrace jumpers, boots, scarves and walking through crunchy leaves. 

We have been on the lookout for signs of Autumn for a few weeks now. We've already amassed a huge collection of conkers, acorns and pine cones. Now that the September heatwave seems to be over we are now ready to explore Autumn.

It's no secret that I absolutely love our tuff spot tray, they are a great tool for exploring themes. We use our on a daily basis. I've compiled some of our favourite tuff spot activities in a blog post which you can read here. The thing I love about tuff spot trays are that they are so versatile and you can do pretty much anything with them.

For this Autumn tuff spot tray I just gathered all our conkers, acorns, leaves and pine cones and placed them on the tray alongside some resources that I already have in the house. Ella loves books so I always try to include a few when we do trays like this. Having the books on the tray is also a great way to reinforce learning opportunities and makes the experience very visual. I've got some fantastic Autumn resources over on my Amazon shop

You don't need to over complicate it, just grab a few things that you have already. I included an orange cup, orange bucket, some coloured scarves, a yellow egg box and some of our handy tools from Learning Resources UK. I also added some Autumn sensory bottles and this is a great way to explore autumn with younger children who still explore with their mouths! 

She instantly went for the conkers, they are her absolute current favourite thing. She used the tongs and did a lot of grabbing and then transferring. We then read the books using the items on the tray. We also took the opportunity to add in some maths. We counted the pine cones into the egg box and the acorns into the cup. 

I left the tray out all day and she kept coming back to it. The conkers were always the first thing she went for but also explored different things as the day went on. 

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