Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tot School -Letter F

Tot School

M&M is 37 months old
We did A LOT this week.

(I am not on my own computer and I can't get into Evernote which I use to store all of my ideas, so I can't link up where I got them, but I will do the best I can.)

We painted with feathers.

And fingerpainted.

We read the book The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister.

To go along with the book we made our own rainbow fish using a template from, I think, DLTK and tissue paper and tinfoil.

We sorted goldfish crackers by color and then ate them for a snack. I saw this on another blog, but of course don't remember, sorry.

This doesn't have to do with the letter F, but we also did this Melissa and Doug See and Spell puzzle that I got for $10 at a consignment store. I think it is the older version, but that doesn't matter to me!

I laid out all of the letters in alphabetical order and then M&M would pick the letters out that she needed and then I would have her put them back where they belonged. This was a great lesson in alphabetical order for M&M because she just knows how to sing the song, but doesn't know where each letter comes in the alphabet.

We made this cute fish aquarium that I saw, I think, on the Crafts-n-Things blog.

We also glued feathers on the letter F. This idea came from the No Time For Flashcards blog.

We also did several things with foam beads, but this is a picture of what happens when I have to feed Bubba in the middle of an activity.

I taught M&M about patterns with the foam beads. I got this idea and template on the paper from

After that M&M wanted to make letters out of the beads, because everything is about letters these days. I remembered I had these printouts of each letter from, I think, so again, thinking fast to accommodate M&M's ideas I brought these out and we did each letter in her name.

I also saw this snack idea on another blog, but I don't remember. When I get home in a week I will put the links up for all of these things. This is a cup with vanilla pudding topped with crushed Nilla wafers for the beach and blue sprinkles for the ocean. Swedish fish, of course, are the fish. M&M did NOT like the swedish fish at all.

We did flowers with do-a dot paints.

Also did fingerprint flowers.

I found a template for the alphabet, capital and lowercase, on little fish so we went fishing with these cards. I made a fishing pole out of a small dowel, string and a magnet that I hot glued onto the end of the string. Then I put paperclips on all of the lowercase letter cards. When M&M picked one up she would look at it, say what the letter was, and then find the capital letter that matched, which were lined up next to her.

We got out her Lets Go Fishin game and played for a little bit.

But mostly she just wanted to take them out and play with them.

Since it was 4th of July week I remembered that I had this game, 10 days in the USA. The game board is a map of the US and each card has a state on it. We matched a few of the states, but this was too hard for her to do since a lot of them look the same.

We made fireworks by drawing an outline with chalk on black paper and then going over it with glitter glue. The first one is mine and the second one is M&M's.

We were cutting out something and M&M made a mess on the floor so we did a practical life activity of learning how to use a broom and dustpan!
We of course made an American flag with construction paper and silver star stickers. We talked about how the flag is made up of shapes and three colors. This suggestion came from Teaching my little bookworm blog.

As an original idea of my own we made our own flag of shapes and colors.

We gathered up these paint chip samples shaped like Mickey Mouse from Home Depot and made a matching game out of them. I've seen this on several blogs.

Short explanations, but hey, I'm on vacation!


  1. What a great week! Loved all the letter activities and multi-sensory approach to learning!

  2. So many wonderful activities! I love the fishing game. I'll bet RockerTot would love it as well. I may have to think of a version for a 2 year old. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow! That is a lot of stuff! Way to go! We are doing F next week (E this week) so your ideas will be very helpful!

  4. what a great and wonderful week! you had tons of Ff fun! I love that Doug and Melissa learning toy

  5. LOVE the fishing game. And we keep meaning to practice sweeping - maybe this week!

  6. Wow! You did some awesome stuff! That fishing game used to be my favorite when I was a kid.

    I love the Mickey Mouse matching game. Every time we go to Home Depot, my daughter HAS to pick some of those up! LOL!

    I am all for the using a dustpan lesson! I need to get on that!

  7. Whoa, what a busy week. You don't waste any time while on vacation :) We read Rainbow Fish two last week, and Anna didn't like it. Therefore - no rainbow fish projects right now :) It's great that you incorporated so many different ideas into your learning. (oh, and by the way, I moved from to my blogspot nick and will be maintaining the other blog - going forward.)

  8. looks like y'all had great fun! You certainly were busy, especially for vacation time!



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