9 Sports Tot Trays & Toddler Activities

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This has been a fun one to put together — 9 Sports tot trays and activities! I could probably set up a week for each sport. Here are the ones we are doing this time!

  1. Soccer Ball Paper Craft
  2. Hockey Stickers
  3. Sports Stickers on Container
  4. Mini Basketball
  5. Paper Plate Tennis
  6. Golf Tees in Foam “Green”
  7. Coloring Pages
  8. Egg & Eraser Item Match
  9. Letters & MLB* Logos Match

*Logos are property of the MLB of course!


Soccer Ball Paper Craft

  • Idea based off this image — thank you!
  • Cut pentagrams out blue cardstock with the Silhouette Cameo
  • Included glue and flattened coffee filters to glue on pentagrams like a soccer ball
  • (This matches the IKEA ball in the background!)

Hockey Stickers

  • First of two sticker activities
  • Printed hockey rink in color
  • Included hockey stickers from Party City (no longer available)

Sports Stickers on Container

  • Second sticker activity
  • Included a container from to-go Thai soup to decorate
  • Included several sports-themed stickers from Party City, OTC and our collection
  • When done I will cover the outside of the container with duct tape and use it to store pens!

Mini Basketball

  • Based on idea from Learning Through Play — thank you!
  • Made a mini version with a tiny dollar store basket
  • Cut rectangle from gray cardstock, rounded the corners and drew a smaller rectangle
  • Attached rectangle (backboard) to basket with foam adhesive squares
  • Included 3 tiny bouncy balls

Paper Plate Tennis

  • Based on idea from We Have Aars — thank you!
  • Used two dessert-sized party plates and 2 wavy fan handles
  • Attached handles to back of plates with white duct tape
  • Instead of balloon (cat) we used a sponge ball from OTC

Golf Tees in Foam “Green”

  • Made a golf “green” to stick tees into, then balance practice golf balls on top
  • Used dollar store foam circle
  • Cut circle out of green copy paper, glued on top with simple glue stick (so it is still easy to push tees in)
  • Taped a piece of green ribbon around the edge of the foam
  • Included 4 each of golf tees and practice golf balls

Coloring Pages

  • Printed four fun sports coloring pages with Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Minnie
  • Included crayons at first, then gave him markers later!

Egg & Eraser Item Match

  • Put the correct number of erasers in the matching plastic egg
  • Six dollar store sports eggs, 2 each of basketball, soccer, and baseball
  • Plus nine nice quality sports erasers found on clearance at Michaels, 3 each of basketball, soccer, and baseball
  • Put stickers of 1 and 2 on each egg
  • Placed eggs on paint palette, erasers in small container

Letters & MLB* Logos Match

  • Printed six MLB team logos in color
  • In Word, made six squares of same size with the letters of each logo, printed black and white
  • Cut all squares
  • Made a worksheet with the team logo (in black and white) on one side, blank square on other to match the letters
  • MLB logos are courtesy of each team and the MLB!


Our sports tot trays and activities theme is inspired by many sports events going on right now. It is a great time of year if you are a sports fan!

I think he enjoyed the mini basketball the most, followed closely by the Disney coloring pages. Funny enough, a couple weeks after this theme concluded he asked for the tennis again. I think a TV show (likely Caillou – during that short but fateful period where he watched that show) piqued his interest in tennis.

(Please note: Caillou only lasted about six weeks in our house. Not a good show if you ask us!!)

Looking for more sports posts? Check out our hockey tot school, baseball preschool, and our FREE hockey tot pack!

Shared at 1+1+1=1’s Tot School Gathering Place, Everything Kids Link & Pin Party, Montessori Monday, Hip Homeschool Hop,Learning Kid Link-Up, A Little Bird Told Me Link Party, Learn and Play Link-Up, Favorite Things Friday and the Hearts for Home Blog Hop! A special thanks to thank you to Wind in a Letterbox for featuring it!

 

Cool Books for Sports Tot Trays!

Simple ideas for a sports tot school theme!

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5 thoughts on “9 Sports Tot Trays & Toddler Activities

  1. would you please please answer my question? do you do them all in a day? or during a week? each day what do you do?

    • Hi! Yes we do anywhere from 10-20 trays, usually on the lower end. About 6 or 7 are out at a time. The tray number has gone up as we have moved on to worksheets. Usually I try to have at least two fine motor items (one cutting), and something sensory. My husband does most of the actual work with our son but some days they do 0-1 trays, other days they do all the ones on the shelf! Our son is about to turn 4 and this method of letting him pick “when” to do school is still working best for our family.

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