Trellis Play

Trellis Play

I bought a few trellis frames from Poundland a while ago (yes, £1 each – not the sturdiest you can buy, but perfect for what we’ve used them for). I originally bought them for maths play outdoors, but we’ve been using them inside for a while too, so I thought I’d share some of the activities we’ve enjoyed…


Invitation to Explore

I first put out a single frame with some natural loose parts, to see what the children would do with them…

Trellis play from Rachel (",)


Natural loose parts from Rachel (",)

Transient Art

Using a cheap trellis as the frame for transient art - from Rachel (",)

Natural Sorting

Sorting natural objects into a cheap trellis from Rachel (",)

Role Play

We even had ‘ice-creams’…

'Ice-creams' made with natural loose parts from Rachel (",)


Game Board

Using it as a game board has been very popular – here, we played to see which animal will get to its mummy first…

Using a cheap trellis as a game board - which animal will get to its mummy first? - from Rachel

… but there were also lots of simple roll-the-dice and move the animals/people/loose parts etc…

Using a cheap trellis as a game board - from Rachel (",)


Leaf Sorting and Counting 

Real leaves outdoors…

Real leaves organised into a cheap trellis frame outdoors from Rachel (",)

Silk leaves indoors…

Leaf sorting and counting on a cheap trellis from Rachel (",)


Shape Sorting

I wish we had a larger variety of shapes! We will also use it to sort things we find in our environment that are particular shapes…

Shape sorting from Rachel (",)


Playing with Silk Flowers, Leaves and Feathers 

These were collected from various areas in the classroom…

Playing with silk flowers, leaves and feathers and a cheap trellis - from Rachel (",)


Trellis in the Construction Area

… with animals from the small world area…

Cheap trellis in the construction area from Rachel (",)


Display Frame

Great for pegging photos on – I’ve just pegged pictures on here to show you as an example, as I can’t share the photos…

Using a cheap piece of trellis as a frame for display (pics as an example as am planning on pegging on photographs) - from Rachel (",)



Sorting for initial letter…

Sorting for initial letter from Rachel (",)


Weaving Frame

This was a bit tricky because the ribbon chosen wasn’t always long enough to weave through the large gaps in the frame. The longer pieces were fine, but the shorter pieces kept dropping off…

Using a piece of trellis as a weaving frame - from Rachel (",)


Let me know if you have any more ideas of ways we can use them! 😉


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– Rachel (“,)


  1. What lovely,lovely ideas,I was trying to decide which one I like best,but I can’t-they’re all great!

    • Thank you, Alison! 🙂

  2. Thank you Rachel for sharing all of your inspiring ideas with us. I am sure I am not alone in looking forward to your weekly email. . Thanks again.

    • Aww, that’s a lovely thing to say Carissa. Thank you! 🙂

  3. Brilliant!!

    • Thank you, Nefeli!

  4. Love this Rachel! Thanks for continuing to inspire your fellow ECE’s.

    • You’re welcome, Sue! 🙂

  5. Where did you get all your loose parts and did it take you a while to build your collection of objects? I really love your site & look forward to seeing your new learning experiences & invitations. Ii can’t wait to use some of your ideas!

    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Belinda!
      I’ve been teaching for 25 years, so have had a long time to collect.
      Not sure where you’re based, but if you’re in the UK, ‘Baker Ross’ now sells many of these natural items. They introduced a naturals section a while ago. (I’m assuming you mean the transient art resources.)…

  6. Hi there, i love your trellis activities! They are AMAZING. Where did you buy the trellis??

    Thanks! Great work:)

    • The trellis was from Poundland in the UK 🙂
      PS. Thanks for the lovely comment!

  7. Love,love,love!! Does anyone have an idea on where to get trellises like theses in California? I’d imagine they’d have larger ones at Home Depot and such but not sure about this size???

    • I have 4 small trellis pieces (from Poundland) zip-tied together here, Nancy. I’m afraid I can’t hep in terms of California though…


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