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Luv That Tray! Set Review by Donna Campos

Argee Corp.
9550 Pathway Street
Santee, CA 92071

Luv That Tray! is a set of four placemat trays with raised sides. The four trays (red, blue, green, and yellow) arrive wrapped in cellophane together with a brightly colored display page describing ideas for use. Designed for use with crafts, meals, sorting activities, or any activity using small manipulative parts, the trays keep parts and messes within the space of the tray. They are not in a true rectangular shape as one long side extends into somewhat of a spout. They are flexible so that liquid spills, dry rice or noodles, or other items can be directed into the sink, the trash, or a storage container easily. The trays easily wipe clean with their smooth plastic surface, but they are also dishwasher safe.

Luv That Tray! would be a helpful addition for various homeschool tasks. The bright colors make them perfect for preschool through elementary students, but the usefulness makes them appropriate for any age group and any activity. Our homeschool was able to use them for preschool activities for our youngest, craft activities for our kindergartener, and science activities for our son in middle school. We often use our round coffee table for activities, and all four trays fit edge to edge around the table with the extended spout portion at the outside edge, perfectly forming a circular shape.

Once you use one, you will find it very easy to Luv That Tray! The set of four will easily cover the needs of most families while a couple of sets can handle a small preschool class or co-op group. Science projects become less intimidating when you know clean-up is simple, and working at the formal dining room table is safer when working with materials on the tray. The bright colors help children find their own space when parent-teachers designate a particular child or activity to a particular color of tray. We even set up center activities, with each child working through every tray color until completion. This made the completion of tasks easily understandable by even our preschooler. Any family planning on sorting small manipulatives, completing any messy craft activity, or enjoying science activities with liquids will enjoy those projects more thoroughly (and cleanly) when using Luv That Tray!

Product review by Donna Campos, Senior Product Reviewer, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August 2010