I would never have thunk it before becoming a parent, but the common baking tray is one of your best friends. Look around your kitchen and gather them up for some indoor fun in the cold months ahead.
1. As a boot tray. If you do venture out for some sledding, don't trapse muddy wet feet through the house. Use baking trays (with or without rocks) as boot trays and keep your floors clean!
2. For play dough and shaving cream fun. Activities like play dough and shaving cream are great indoor activities in the winter but they do get messy. Instead of working on the table directly, have your kids work on a baking tray instead. (We're looking forward to trying our hand at creating marbelized paper with shaving cream - see how at Child in Harmony.)
3. As a sensory tub. Fill a baking tray with rice, beans, dried pasta - anything you can think of - to make a quick sensory tub. Give them scoops and spoons to play with.
4. Use as a magnetic board. Break out those old school alphabet magnets and work on letter recognition and reading using a cookie tray as the magnetic board.
5. Bake (duh!). Whip up batches of cookies and brownies, or easier yet, a tray full of Rice Krispie treats. Wash it down with a cup of hot cocoa, grab your now dry boots and do it all over again!
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