How to recreate Mrs Hinch’s play tray

Mrs Hinch Play Tray

by Hannah James |

Let's face it there aren't many things that Mrs Hinch does that we don't absolutely love. From what was a cleaning and home account, it has now evolved into tips and tricks for us parents too. Mrs Hinch is always sharing fun ways in which she keeps her two boys, Lennie and Ronnie entertained. This week, we got to see Mrs Hinch play tray of dreams and now we want one too!

Related: Our favourite cleaning hacks for mums from Mrs Hinch

Play trays are a fantastic way of keeping little ones entertained. They can be filled with almost anything that is safe. It's a brilliant time to use those creative skills. When your child is in their early years (under five), they learn best through play and imagination. Play trays are a fantastic way to stimulate their senses and engage their creativity. The trays keep all of the play (somewhat contained) and allow you to set up little scenes for your little one to enjoy.

Types of play trays

Small trays

Small trays are good for individual play. We love trays that have handles - they can easily be moved from room to room. Small trays are easier to clean but hold less and may not be suitable for all messy activities.

Large trays

On the flip side are large trays. They are often referred to as tuff trays and can be fantastic for group activities. When children play with others, they learn vital life skills like taking turns, communicating and sharing. Large trays can be excellent for activities like painting as they may contain some of the mess - although we can't make any promises.

Clear trays

Clear trays are fantastic for sensory development they are ideal for light play as the material reflects light.

What to put in a play tray?

The great thing is EVERYTHING can go in a play tray. There are so many things that you can put in and options really are endless. Here is a list of our favourites.

• Water

• Shaving Foam

• Sand

• Mud

• Paint

• Stones - Make sure they are not sharp

• Ice cubes

• Shells

Our favourite trays inspired by Mrs Hinch play tray

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5 Pcs Plastic Serving Tray Multicolor Play Art Activity Trays

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