When it comes to New Years Eve, celebrations and fireworks definitely spring to mind! That’s why we decided to create this fireworks pre-writing tray for my daughter when she was younger.
Not only do themed activities help children to make connections to the world around them, this is also a fantastic way of working on pre-writing skills and mark making.
Whilst I wholly believe that children should have school holiday off to rest and rejuvenate, this type of activity is a playful way to keep developing skills without it actually seeming like work!
What are pre-writing activities?
As the name suggests, pre-writing activities work on the skills a child needs in order to write. This includes hand-eye coordination, crossing the midlines, fine motor skills, pincer grip, tracking and balance. In this blog post, I specifically focus on this one fireworks pre-writing tray, but there are plenty of fine motor and pre-writing skills activities across the website.
What you will need to make a fireworks pre-writing tray
In order to make this fireworks pre-writing tray you need a few supplies from your craft cupboard:
- eco glitter
- 2 plastic trays that can be stacked – e.g. trofast trays featured here
- 2-3 sets of battery operated fairy lights
How to Make a Fireworks Pre-Writing Tray
- Start by adding 2-3 sets of battery operated fairy lights to one stackable tray, then turn on the lights
- Add the second clear stackable tray on top
- Pour in a mix of eco-glitter and sequins to cover the bottom of the tray
- Invite your child to make fireworks patterns in the mix
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