Three Compartment Tray

$18.00 $30.00
This product listing is for the THREE COMPARTMENT TRAY only but provides information, inspiration and activity ideas relevant to multiple types of Wooden Compartment Trays. Please scroll down the page to view our other trays and to visit their pages to order them! 

Three Compartment Tray.
Exterior: 30cm x 18cm (approximately)
Compartments: 10cm x 13cm (approx.)

Wooden Compartment Trays are an ideal, valuable and multifunctional resource for a Montessori home or classroom.
The wood provides a beautiful, appealing aesthetic - drawing the child towards the tray (and therefore the work that it holds!). The natural grain helps connect the child to the beauty of nature. The neutral backdrop of unpainted wood also provides a subtle but attractive foundation upon which the material can take centre-stage and shine!
Compartment trays can be used to present objects meant for open-ended explorations and experiments. They can be equally useful for holding the materials needed for a specific, structured activity.
Compartment trays are particularly useful for sorting or matching exercises. The trays can hold materials or objects which can be sorted by characteristics such as colour, shape, size, texture and so forth. 
The use of wooden trays also provides for a perfect opportunity for a natural, meaningful Practical Life work; maintaining the wood. By dusting, and waxing or polishing with a balsam, the wood can be maintained to extend its aesthetic beauty and avoid flaws. We offer a natural non-toxic wood balsam that is perfect for maintaining our acacia wood trays. 
The following images provide some ideas for activities, exercises and provocations that can be housed on compartment trays. 
Cutting exercise (using paint samples) using the Three Compartment Tray (with an element of recognising and ordering by 'shade'). 
Colour sorting exercise using the Five Compartment Tray.
A sensory and botany activity involving smelling herbs, and identifying their leaves, for sorting using the Four Compartment Tray. 
A sorting exercise based on the Geometric Solids using the Four Compartment Tray.

A spooning and sorting exercise (sorting by shade - light or dark blue) using the Petal Tray.
A nuts and bolts matching exercise using the Bean Tray. 
Please note: We have many available options for Compartment Trays.
Please use the images below as a guide then click the link to visit that page and order your preferred tray!
Three Compartment Tray (available on this page)
Please note: natural wood, by its very nature, will be somewhat imperfect and inconsistent! Each wooden piece will be unique. Please therefore be aware that the photographs in this description are for illustrative purposes only and the piece you receive may vary in terms of exact coloration, grains, patterns and so forth. 
Our Wooden Compartment Trays are made using solid pieces of acacia hardwood. Acacia is a fast-growing, non-endangered species of wood and the pieces used in our trays are sourced from eco-friendly, regulated suppliers. 
The acacia wood trays are appropriate for serving food (hot or cold) and are best maintained with hand washing and air drying (please do not use a dishwasher).