Introducing #PlayInTheTray – The Tuff Spot Hashtag

August 24, 2017

When Dexter was younger, especially in his first 2 years, I used to do so much with him. We did all sorts of messy play (that’s where the blog name came from). We did lots of fun sensory and explorative play. Went on nature walks to see what we could see. We explored his toys in different ways. We did lots of crafting and creative stuff and went to various baby clubs.

Once I became pregnant with Paisley, and we had to move house and various other life changes, we just slowed right down on all the fun things and just lately, especially with my awfully tiring and dreadful last pregnancy, we have pretty much ground to a halt on the fun!

I don’t want to be that mum. I don’t want to be the one that says oh let’s have an easy day of eating hot dogs in front of CBeebies or Paw Patrol – At least… not every day!


So what I’ve done is created an Instagram hashtag. I’ve created #PlayinTheTray to use along side any pictures I post on Instagram where we have used our tuff spot (or similar) for an activity. The idea being, that a few people will join in with the same #, thereby linking all the tuff spot posts together. We will be able to see each other ideas and comment and like them too.

It doesn’t have to be for messy play either. There are so many ideas of how it can be used for small world play, even just as a table top for mess free crafting or learning.

If you would like to join in with this hashtag, please, do feel free. I will try and make my way around them to like them and comment on as many as I can. If it builds a decent community I may even start sharing some of my favourites in re-grams or blog posts but we’ll see how it goes. You can see all the current posts here.
Also, thanks to Julie over at PonderingParenthood for the inspiration on this post. She has also started a new Instagram hashtag

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  • Reply Circus mum August 24, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Such a great idea!! Im absolutelt awful when it comes to messy play. Will try to join in with the hashtag xxx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 26, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Thanks! Hope to see you there!

  • Reply Lucy H August 25, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    This is such a great idea. I love joining in with instagram hashtag communities. I also used to do so much with Little Miss H but I don’t do that much with Little Mister H. I need to get better at this. Maybe your new hashtag will inspire me. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 26, 2017 at 9:04 am

      It’s harder when you have more than one isn’t it. It’s that second child syndrome all over again. I’m terrible for it. Hope to see you joining in Lucy x

  • Reply Katie Heels and Hooves August 25, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    This is such a great idea! I need to get a tray! Xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 26, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Yes, Get one!! 🙂 But any tray sort of thing will do. We’ve even used baby baths and paddling pools in the past

  • Reply Claire September 2, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I can’t take photos of all the stuff we do with ours, but will happily give some suggestions of you would like some?

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Oh, yes please! Thank you xx

  • Reply Claire September 2, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Cereal play, with or without cars for crushing. Cereal play with spoons and ladles with spoons and bowls or pincers. Ball play (Bazinga). If you can get soap flakes, whip some up with warm water and it’s brilliant. You can even mix with paint to make pearlescent paint. Coloured rice. Play dough. Gloop. Cars on a. Ramp. Even better with paint on the wheels with paint down ramp. Same with balls. X

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby September 3, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Ohh we did paint and cars yesterday down the slide. Thank you, some fab ideas xx

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