Is learning the Tray Play Method right for you?

As an Activity Professional or Caregiver, it can be challenging to:

  • stimulate the senses
  • offer activities that can accommodate a wide range of cognitive abilities
  • keep residents/participants engaged and joyful
  • encourage new thoughts for conversation
  • prevent boredom or isolation
  • find the time and energy to present fresh opportunities
  • receive the funds needed to create an enriching Activities Program

But what if :

  • you could easily stimulate your residents’/participants’ senses on a regular basis?
  • your residents/participants with varying cognitive ability could all connect, in their own way, to the same activity?
  • you could improve not only your residents mood, but your own? And any others around you?
  • you could easily suggest new topics to converse about?
  • you could unveil your residents’/participants’ creativity and imagination without much preparation?
  • you could build a sensory rich program over time as the budget allowed?
  • YOU were ultimately responsible for increasing the well being of your residents/participants as well as yours as a professional?

The Tray Play Method begins your Tray Play journey as a one-on-one activity. Learn to become comfortable with material distribution and supportive conversation. Learn which of your residents/participants resonate with this type of creative outlet. And build up your Tray Play Library as your budget allows. Then later, once you learn the ins and outs of Tray Play, you may be so inclined to bring it to a small group setting—which will lend itself to a whole new experience. When presenting Tray Play to 2-8 people, each player receives the same materials, but each tray design is different. Players love to see the variations in scenes and sense the group energy. So, this is an option down the road. Or you may choose to keep it just as a one-on-one activity.

Learn the Tray Play Method and:

  • Discover a fun and simple way to connect with your residents/participants.
    Once you have an understanding of what Tray Play is all about and have some Tray Play kits on hand it is just a matter of going to the shelf, pulling out a kit, and engaging with your player. So even when you feel like you are running around like crazy, and don’t have the time to engage with your residents/participants, Tray Play kits on hand make it possible to brightens one day when you do find those small windows of opportunities to connect.
  • Engage minds of varying levels of cognition.
    Most likely you will have residents/participants with different cognitive/ physical abilities, so it can be tricky to figure out what type of activity is appropriate for all. The great thing about Tray Play is that you don’t need to know what level they are on. They will decide because they have the freedom to interact with the materials in a way that is most comfortable to them. The activity can be as simple as just visually enjoying the beauty of the objects or as complex as creating the most enchanting scene you’ve ever seen!
  • Provide creative outlets for your residents/participants without you having to be creative yourself!
    Most likely, as an Activity Professional, you are stretched to the max and are expected to have super powers to meet everyone’s needs. This can be taxing and drain all the creative energy from you, even if you know you want to offer more dynamic activities. But you have Tray Play, busily creating, testing, and assembling  Kits so you don’t have to.
  • Invest in offering sensory-rich activities for years to come.
    Providing a Tray Play experience is not free. And that may be a hurdle to overcome depending on your situation. But, what Tray Play is, is an investment with a great payoff in the end. Once you have your Tray Play kits, unlike craft or cooking projects, your materials can be reused over and over again throughout the years, with a variety of different players. So just start out slowly. Assemble or purchase one kit at a time and accumulate them over the months. Before you know it, you will have a library of kits to choose from and be able to offer Tray Play as a regular calendar offering.
  • Easily access and share all the info you need for Tray Play success.
    Because you will have all your important Tray Play content in one location, presented in an organized manner, it will be easy to quickly access any Tray Play information whenever you need it. It will also be easy to share the Tray Play Method with other employees. Or when new staff come on board. You may be your facility’s Tray Play facilitator, but maybe not. Who else do you know that might want to facilitate Tray Play? Perhaps an assistant? A nurse who has a knack for this type of activity? Or maybe you will want to run a training on the Tray Play Method yourself for volunteers that are needing a specific task or family members who could benefit from having an activity to do with their loved one when they come to visit. So, even though I believe that you will love facilitating Tray Play, don’t limit the facilitation to just you. Think about how to bring others in and share your online program with them.

Once you have an understanding of what Tray Play is all about and have some Tray Play kits on hand it is just a matter of going to the shelf, pulling out a kit, and engaging with your player. So even when you feel like you are running around like crazy, and don’t have the time to engage with your residents/participants, Tray Play kits on hand make it possible to brightens one day when you do find those small windows of opportunities to connect.

Most likely you will have residents/participants with different cognitive/ physical abilities, so it can be tricky to figure out what type of activity is appropriate for all. The great thing about Tray Play is that you don’t need to know what level they are on. They will decide because they have the freedom to interact with the materials in a way that is most comfortable to them. The activity can be as simple as just visually enjoying the beauty of the objects or as complex as creating the most enchanting scene you’ve ever seen!

If you view designing your own Tray Play combinations as a creative outlet, then go for it by following the Design your Own Tray Play Combinations Guidelines (found in the free online course) and reaching out to the Tray Play Collaboration Facebook Group when you need help thinking of or locating a material to use. I closely monitor this group and will always be there to offer support, direction, and advice.

Consider The Tray Play Method Online Course if you desire:

  • a more dynamic Activities Program and are ready to go beyond bingo, crafts, and birthday parties
  • enhancing the overall well-being of your residents/participants
  • offering more sensory stimulation in your resident’s/participant’s day
  • offering activities that are engaging for a wide range of cognitive and/or physical abilities
  • bringing the outside in
  • easily connecting with your residents/members
  • luring your residents away from the t.v.
  • lifting one’s spirit
  • simply offering something different, enjoyable, and FUN!!!

Consider facilitating Tray Play if you enjoy:

  • thinking outside of the box
  • learning and implementing new ideas
  • creative outlets
  • collaborating with others
  • taking risks
  • being inspired
  • making an impact

CHECK OUT OUR FREE ONLINE COURSE HERE today!  You have nothing to lose, only much to gain!