Up-Cycled Writing Tray

Writing Tray

I created a writing tray from a recycled box that has been a big help for my three-year-old. It makes writing a more feeling activity and this helps her to understand the lines that she is creating. I recommend that before you start to use this tray that you create a few letter and shape card and have your child trace them with their fingers. This will help them to learn the lines and curves. Once they have done that for a while you can then move on to this writing tray.

They tray is very simple to setup and the one we made is its own storage for you to use over and over again without having to pour the material out and store in another container. I used a plastic container but any ole lid box will do.


  • Small shallow box with lid
  • Fine material (grits, salt, sugar, sand, etc.)
  • Drawing utensil (Pen, pencil paint brush, etc.)


  1. Pour the fine material in the bottom of the shallow box
  2. Put the lid on and give a little shake to create an even layer on the bottom of the shallow box

That’s it.

For my 3-year-old I gave her index cards that I cut in half and drew lines, W, circles, and V’s on. She would choose a card and sit it behind the tray making it lean on the box top. This was she could see it as she tried to recreate the drawing with her finger and then move on to using a writing utensil.

This has been a fun little tray for her. We have done shapes and capital letters that have straight lines so far. She has gotten so much better from when we first started to use the tray.

Practice writing skills by using a writing tray.

4 Responses to Up-Cycled Writing Tray

  1. swapna says:

    This is interesting! Would love to see your posts in the Practical Mondays Link Up:)
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  2. A very clever idea. I’m not sure my son would use it for it’s intended purpose but maybe next year? Ray x #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  3. Mother of 3 says:

    We’ve made a messier version with cookie sheets and shaving cream. It was a fun way to get some “writing” practice in.
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