Tray Play


Engaging sensory experiences for adults receiving long-term care

About Tray Play

Tray Play is an open-ended activity designed for Activity Professionals and Carepartners working in long-term care who are dedicated to increasing the well-being of their residents, participants, or clients.

Tray Play is…

  • a hands-on table top activity showcased on a large white tray, using enticing materials for creative expression
  • a creative way to engage residents in stimulating activity
  • an activity that meets many needs of adults with varying cognitive or physical challenges.

Tray Play has wide appeal, and each tray design is unique, as the arrangement of materials depends on the player’s experience and imagination.  There are no expectations, rules, or directions to follow.  Everyone comes to the table with the abilities that they do have–and that is what is celebrated.  It’s just a chance to connect, awaken the senses, self-express, and rejuvenate.

Tray Play is more than an activity, it’s an experience!

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Our Philosophy

It's more of a journey, rather than a destination.

There is something very satisfying about one’s tray design when it comes to completion.  The player and facilitator sit back in admiration and soak in all the charm.  There is a sense of accomplishment and pride.  And this is wonderful to witness.  But, really, Tray Play is more process-oriented rather than product driven.

Tray Play is ultimately about sharing the present moment together and receiving a break from repetitive thoughts, worries, and concerns.  It can be a time to laugh, share thoughts, and be lively.  But it can also be a time of stillness, reflection, exploration.  There are no expectations, except for having respect for each other and honoring whatever surfaces without judgment.  It is a time to connect with others, ourselves, and the world around us.

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In Action

Tray Play has been servicing the Charlottesville, VA area since 2012 in a variety of adult care settings, offering one-one/group sessions, pop-up sensory exhibits, and workshops.  In an effort to spread all the joy and reward we have experienced with Tray Play here in Charlottesville, we also sell unique Tray Play Kits so you, too, can bring Tray Play to your facility, regardless of where you live.  In addition, we offer a variety of online options ranging from a free Facebook group, to courses on creating your own Tray Play combinations.  Please view Offerings below for more detail.


Local Offerings
  • One-on-One Session (60 minutes)
  • $75
  • Group Session (45 minutes)
  • $75
  • Lazuli Room™ (60 minutes)
  • $95
  • Lazuli Room™ (90 minutes)
  • $140
  • Wildrock Outing (2 hours)
  • $75
  • Consultation (per hour)
  • $100
  • Tray Play Kits*
  • $39 
           *Shipping not included
    Online Offerings
  • Tray Play Collaboration Facebook Group
  • FREE
  • Tray Play Method Course
  • FREE

    It would be our pleasure to connect with you!

    Charlottesville, VA
    Phone Number
    (434) 227-0258
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