Our October task of the month uses Halloween-themed toys. Students choose a top from the left side of the tray and play with it in the “Spin” section of the tray. After the top stops spinning, they sort it by color into either the orange or black designated containers. They proceed with each top in the same sequence until they have emptied the tray of the toys and placed each into the correct container.
Once students learn how to play with the tops during 1-to-1 teaching, we would next make this activity available in a classroom play area as a free choice option.
The tray is affixed to the box and the containers are inserted into openings cut into the cardboard. With the materials segmented and stabilized, students do not have to set up this play interest. It is “ready to go” and, thus, more likely to be chosen.