Friday, June 19, 2009

Tot School June 15-19

Tot School

M&M is 36 months old

Tot School was very random and short this week with not a lot of thought put into it. That's what happens when I don't have a weekend to prepare. I found a Dollar Tree near us that wasn't in a scary part of town so I went crazy! I got a lot of fun things. I think I got this foam letter puzzle there, but it might have come from Target or Michaels. Anyway, I saw the idea of pounding the letters in with a toy hammer on 1+1+1=1. (I can't find the exact post, but I know it came from here.) We have a littler one of these puzzle things and M&M lost interest a while ago with it. This one is bigger and using the hammer renewed her interest in it.

We got some princess puzzles at the Dollar Tree as well. These are for 5+ years, but it was fun doing them together and being amazed at what she actually could figure out. She's never done a puzzle like this before and she did pretty good I think for her first try.

M&M got the Melissa and Doug magnetic chalkboard/whiteboard with magnet letters from her grandma for her birthday. She like playing with this and attempting to spell her name. She's getting pretty good at knowing which letters are in her name. (Don't worry her name is not MEFKTY.) I will be using the magnetic letters to make another activity for her which I hope will be ready to use next week.

I posted this picture earlier, but showed it here as well because she is practicing a life skill of pouring water from one cup to another. She did this on her own.

When I was helping my SIL earlier this week she made pudding and Jell-o while we were there. I've never made either one for M&M and decided it was about time. I tried giving both of them to her before from the store, but she didn't want anything to do with them. My SIL learned a fun way to make instant pudding and I wanted to share it with you on here.

Put the pudding mix in a gallon size ziploc bag. Make sure there are no holes in the bag. Then add the milk.

Close it tightly and have kids squish it all around to mix it up.

After it's well mixed, cut off a bottom corner.

Squeeze it out into individual cups and refrigerate.
This was fun to do and this time M&M loved the pudding.

I can't say the same for the Jell-0 though. Even with marshmallows in it she didn't want anything to do with it. She loves to help stir though!

I found the idea for spray painting on the No Time for Flashcards site. We only had one spray bottle so I used only one color. I put in a little bit of paint then some water and mixed it up. I taped some paper onto our house and let her go.

I got a Mickey Mouse artist set for M&M back in January when all of the Christmas toys were on clearance. She got it for her birthday and wanted to paint with the watercolors.

She also wanted to use the glue stick and so I had to think fast of what she could glue on paper. Luckily I've organized all of my craft supplies and found these little paper punched bears. I've had these for, I don't know, 10 years. My sister gave them to me from her old scrapbooking days. This is when cutting out strips of colored paper and framing the pictures while embellishing with some stickers was the scrapbooking trend. Scrapbooking has come a long way since then.

We did some other repeat activities like the rice sensory tub because she asked for it. Other than that the week was mostly spent swimming and potty training.


  1. It sounds like a fun week despite lack of prep. We have some of book puzzles that are 16 to 20 pieces, and I have to help Anna with them too most of the time. She is still trying to figure out edge pieces :)

  2. Dollar Tree is my very favorite place! I have to limit my going there, and how much money I have in my pocket when I do go, or we wouldn't be able to pay rent. lol

  3. Love the pudding idea. I think I am going to try that one this week.

  4. I made pudding that way as a kid, but forgot about it until I saw your post. I will have to try it with my kids. They would love it. Thanks.

  5. Sounds like a great week, prep or no prep. I'll have to try the spray painting activity with RockerTot. I think he'd love that. I also love the pudding idea. I'm looking forward to my next trip to the Dollar Tree. Thanks for sharing.

  6. my LO don't like Jello either! me i prefer pudding over Jello! We love our Sensory Tub after the 4th we are doing something neat with ours :)

    looks like a great week



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