Sunday, August 2, 2009

Tot School

Tot School

M&M is currently 37.5 months old

As I was printing out a counting template that I found at Rockermom's blog, M&M came in, saw it and immediately wanted to use it. I was personally going to laminate it first, but who am I to miss a chance to work on numbers. I told her go to her playroom and find one of something. She came back with a princess crown. Then a pair of gloves for two and so on. I helped her a little bit in getting the same thing for each number.


We did counted some more with ocean-themed beads...

and the rest of the things in these containers
M&M played with the lentil tray for a little bit while I did some stuff in the playroom.

I've been meaning to make some popsicles for a while now like I've seen all over mommy blogworld. Before I made these I had seen somewhere to put the popsicle sticks into slices of banana so they would stay upright. Well.....it was a good idea, but it didn't work for us. The choice of juice for M&M was orange juice so we tried that. It wasn't the best popsicle I've ever had, but M&M liked it.


I have a lot of ideas stocked up on different ways to paint. I was waiting to use them for our P week, but as I started planning it I realized that it would be too much so I decided to do some of them this week. While I was getting the rest of the supplies M&M sorted out all of the paints.



We started off with bubblewrap painting. I first saw this on the Childcareland website. We also did cookie cutter name stamping, also on the Childcareland website. That's about all we got through though because M&M didn't want to do anymore. Oh well, I'll save the rest for another time.
I've seen the idea for Ice Treasures on several blogs including here and here. I did mine in three layers so that there would be things throughout the whole ice block. I put this out on the backporch and asked M&M what she thought we should use to get the things out. I gave her the spray bottle with hot water in it, but that wasn't fast enough for her. Then she tried with her fingernails, a piece of paper and a hammer. Eventually we got cups of hot water and poured it on. that worked for a while, but M&M got bored with it. I think this would be a lot of fun with someone else. We ended up leaving it in the sun and when we came back they were all free!



M&M asked to fish for letters so we did this activity again. I don't think I ever gave the link to where I found these fish, so here it is.




We tried ice cube painting these week as well. I found this idea on Chasing Cheerios. When we made them M&M put plenty of food coloring in them so we didn't have a problem getting the color to show up on the paper. I think it turned out really pretty actually. We still have some left over so we can do it again. Just refreeze it! Oh, like in the link I used cut up straws to put in them so we would have something to hold on to while painting.

10 comments:

  1. I've really been wanting to try the ice treasure hunt. We love ice painting, it's always fun.

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  2. Love the ice cube painting!

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  3. Wow, you had a busy week! I want to do the ice cube painting. I put treasures in ice and then give them to my kids in the tub; we call them icebergs.

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  4. What an awesome week, full of inspiration!! And, I LOVE being able to share ideas. We used the same counting template but now I'm excited to try it like you did, where she BRINGS me one of something (and so on and so on). I also love the bubble wrap painting. We'll definitely be trying that (and especially since I have some stashed away!).

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  5. You've been really busy! I love the ice painting idea... It looks so pretty! As for getting the popsicle sticks in straight... you can try covering the cup with aluminum foil and piercing the popsicle stick though that. :-)

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  6. Wow, that's quite the week you two had! I must say that I find myself drawing inspiration from you - I have a 2 year-old and a 9 month-old at home, so things are hopping and sometimes it's a bit hard to accomplish much! I just had a silly question for you...the kiddos and I have been trying to expand our arts and craft supplies and were wondering where did you find such fun beads!? (My little girl just loved them). Thanks again!

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  7. WOW! You've been busy. Thanks for including so many links. You have lots of great ideas!

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  8. Your ice painting is really very pretty. LOL on ice treasure hunt, I bet Anna would have said, "Mama, you do it" :)

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  9. i love your blog! bubble wrap painting! who would have thought?

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  10. Great ideas! We've done the ice treasure thing too (still have to post about it) and we ended up pouring hot water on top too. It was a little frustrating for my son to try so hard (with his hammer and screwdriver) and not be able to get the things out. Looks like we will have to try bubble wrap painting sometime. Your picture is the prettiest I've seen of this technique! Thanks for sharing!

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