Creative

Gratnells Tray Photoframes

by dontregartha September 28, 2017

Showcase fantastic artwork or photographic memories with this fun #WhatsInMyTray activity that lets you turn your Gratnells trays into photoframes.

What you need

  • Gratnells trays (and mini trays if you have some!)
  • Poster paints
  • Tray of water
  • Tissue
  • Felt pens/crayons/pencils
  • Paper or card
  • Cardboard strips
  • Glue gun or double sided sticky tape
  • Bluetac

What you do

  • Add a few blobs of different coloured paint to a Gratnells tray and get ready for some finger painting! Fill another Gratnells tray with water for cleaning fingers between colours.
  • Create your finger paintings to fill your trays. We painted little people for World Friendship Day but this activity can be great all year round!
  • While your painted pictures are drying, it’s time to create the frames. Fold strips of cardboard into triangles and fix two to the back of your Gratnells tray. Using a glue gun will provide the strongest hold, but if little hands want to get involved in this part you should use double-sided sticky tape or glue dots. All of these will hold your cardboard on your tray but are easily removed so that the trays can be reused.
  • Once your painting is dry, you can add more to it with pens, pencils or crayons.
  • Fix your paintings into your tray with bluetac in the centre and stand your frame on its cardboard legs. Now, stand back and admire your work!

Health and Safety

As with all Gratnells What’s In My Tray activities, you should carry out your own risk assessment prior to undertaking any activities with children.