Creative

River in a tray

by Amy Collins June 8, 2018

It’s finally sunny outside so why not take your class outside for a bit of outdoor learning and fun! This #WhatsInMyTray activity allows children to explore rivers and their surroundings.

You will need…

  • Gratnells F1 tray
  • Gratnells art tray
  • Access to an outdoor area
  • Aluminum foil
  • Outdoor inspired materials – twigs, leaves, flowers, sand, pinecones, mud, sticks, plastic flowers
  • Blue coloured water

What to do…

  • Add some sand or mud to a Gratnells art tray (or an F1) and dig a dip in the centre to allow your river to run through.
  • Crunch some tinfoil a semi-circle and place it in the dip.
  • Around the edges, we decorated the river banks using some lego blocks, but you could use any other nature-inspired items that you have in your classroom.
  • Head outside and hunt for twigs, leaves and flowers. We even managed to find some pine cones! Collect these up in a separate F1 tray and select from here to further accessorise your river banks.
  • Add some food colouring to some water, and pour it into your tin foil river. We added some fish and a rubber duck and let them go for a swim!

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.