rice tray

This video lesson is designed for 3 to 6 years old. This Rice Tray activity aims to prepare the child for writing and reading during the early development stage.

The Rice Tray is used to trace, form, and pronounce letters and is a fun way to engage children. Rice Trays are also called Writing trays. 

What is a Rice Tray?

A Rice tray is a low-edge tray filled with a thin layer of colored rice. It is a stepping stone for the writing, reading, and learning process.

The Rice Tray is an excellent tool that helps children practice letter tracing, handwriting, letter formation, and pre-writing skills. The children can trace letters with their fingers or write letters with a paintbrush on the Rice tray.

Benefits of Using Rice Tray

  1. It allows the child to learn fine motor skills and learn spelling, vocabulary, letters, numbers, and word recognition. 
  2. It helps primary-level children read and write faster and more fluently.
  3. It improves hand-eye coordination.
  4. It stimulates interest in learning and writing.

How to Write Letters Using a Rice Tray?

  1. Color some rice using watercolors. (Note: Pick a child’s favorite colors to color rice or make it multicolor). Keep it handy.
  2. Take a serving tray with low edges (Note: Place a different colored paper on it if the tray is white color)
  3. Put a thin layer of colored rice into the tray 
  4. Keep a card in front of the tray to draw the letter, as shown in the video.
  5. Ask the child to trace the letters shown on the card. 

Watch the video to learn how to write the letters ‘e’ and ‘m’ using the rice tray.

Rice Tray Sensory Writing Activity can be used to Practice:

  1. Alphabet letters
  2. Numbers
  3. Forming words
  4. Counting, addition, subtraction activities
  5. Sight word practice and many more

Invite the child to pronounce the letters ‘e’ and ‘m’ and then trace them with their dominant hand’s index finger on the rice in the tray, as shown in the video.

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Video created by: Strykun Olena


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