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Tuff Tray

Tuff trays come in lots of different colours, the standard tuff tray colours are black or blue however you can now buy a tuff tray in the following colours – white, cream, red, yellow, green, pink, purple, green.

You can buy a tuff tray stand so that children can play whilst standing, some stands are height adjustable so they can grow with your child. You can go without the tuff tray stand and place the tuff tray on the floor or grass etc for sit down play. The tuff tray stand and tuff tray can also serve as a den to hide underneath!

Tuff Tray Stand


We love the tuff trays as there are so many wonderful tuff tray ideas on Instagram and Pinterest of ‘small worlds’ that you can set up to enhance children’s play. The possibilities are endless and so versatile.

What are the benefits of a Tuff Tray?

There are so many benefits to having a Tuff Tray mainly that it will support the learning and development of children through fun, hands on practical play experiences. Learning through play and making learning fun is key. The Tuff tray helps to provide a focused area of play that is ‘contained’ to the tray  but gives children the opportunity to explore and discover independently, and fosters their creativity and imagination.

A large Tuff tray can also encourage group play, allowing numerous children at once to join the activity, playing along side each other or together. This creates a great opportunity for children to develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills.

For most children their play is natural and spontaneous although some children may need extra support from adults. A tuff tray enables the adult to ‘set up’ the learning experience for the children, either on their own initiative or in collaboration with the child(ren). A great idea is to focus on a theme for your tuff tray each day/week, there are so many ideas online to google and inspire, themes range from the sea, dinosaur land, construction site etc.

What are Tuff Tray Inserts?

Tuff Tray inserts can be purchased if you need help to create/develop a theme. These inserts are placed inside the tuff and have various designs and bright colours to enable parents/teachers to display and create resources in an appealing and accessible way for young learners.
Here are examples of the types of inserts and tuff tray play mats available.

Tuff Tray Insert






Where to buy Tuff Trays?

Sensory Toys UK sell a wide range of Tuff Trays and Tuff Tray accessories.
















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