Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tot School -Snow

Tot School
 M&M is currently 42 months old

It's good to be back doing Tot School again. I took a 3 month break because I was getting overwhelmed. We also had a lot of things going on during October, November and December so I decided to just do holiday crafts and such.

Anyway to ease ourselves back into doing Tot School again we just did some winter crafts this week.

Our first craft was a snowflake made out of white paper lunch bags. When I saw this idea here I really liked it because it was 3D. They are really big though. I love making things to hang on our light fixture over our kitchen table because that's where we spend most of our time.

We made the button snowflakes that I've seen all over blogworld. The one that inspired me the most was the Funny Days with Mommy and Maddie blog. I don't mind doing something that many others have done especially if it's easy, fun and I already have all of the supplies for it. M&M really liked putting the buttons on in whatever order her heart desired.

I saw this really cute idea on the Frugal Family Fun blog. They put wax paper on their feet to "ice skate" around the house! I knew this was something we had to try. M&M did not want to do it on the carpet though. She insisted on doing it on the tile floor. She would purposefully slide and fall on her behind.

Another craft we did involved paint and tongue depressors. I originally saw this idea in the Oriental Trading Company catalog where they sell kits with all the supplies. I wasn't about to pay for a kit when I already had all of the supplies at home. To make it I taped together 6 tongue depressors, turned it over and had M&M paint it black and white. I drew a line and told her the top needed to be black and the bottom half white. She tried really hard to keep the paint on the right side of the line, but of course some carried over. It doesn't matter though because she then painted one more tongue depressor black and we glued it on over the line. We glued googly eyes on and then used a round sponge brush to paint the mouth on. I drew a carrot shape for the nose and she painted it orange. I try really hard not to do things for her when it comes to crafts because I am such a perfectionist. I resisted the urge to make her put the mouth further down and round it more.

 I didn't get to all of the things I wanted to so we might do some more next week. I have a plan to continue with the letter of the week until we get through the rest of the alphabet.

Side note: Bubba (12 months old) decided to do his own activity. He took this bag of crackers out of the box. Then took the crackers out of the bag and put them in the box. He was at this for a little bit just rearranging the crackers from the bag to the box to the floor and back again. He likes rearranging things, but his favorite thing to do right now is walk and try to keep up with M&M. Now that Bubba is able to do more stuff it has me thinking about what I can do with him Tot school-wise. I'm not there yet, but I'm just gathering some ideas.  I did find this great site, Productive, with activities for each age group and there are a ton of ideas!




  1. Glad to see you back in the Tot School swing!! I LOVE your popsicle stick snowman. That is TOO cute and I'm sure Maddie would love it.

    I'm off to check out that link to the website!

  2. I like the button snowflake too and have seen it on numerous blogs. I think I will do it with my daughter for our snow theme. Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a great week!!! I really like the Popsicle stick snowman :)

  4. Looks like you guys had a great time ice skating!

  5. Cute snowman! We made those at a playdate once with the kit and yours is much cuter!

  6. What a cute snowman! I also love the button snowflake. I need to get some buttons I don't think we have any to do crafts with!

  7. It's great that you are back. I am going to do button activity too... one of those days. That craft stick snowman turned out awesome! And congratulations on Bubba walking - time surely flies!

  8. That snowman is cute. Can't wait to see what you'll be doing with Bubba, my Xander just turned 1 last week and we're just starting to do Tot School. He's not walking on his own yet, still cruising the furniture but it'll be soon, much to our dogs dismay! Thanks for the link to Productive Parenting, I'll go check it out.

  9. What a fantastic week! Lots of great ideas!!

    I also wanted to stop by to thank you for your very kind comment on my blog the other day - I sincerely appreciate it.

    Counting Coconuts

    PS: sorry, I have to sign in using my husband, Paul's, ID in order to comment on these types of commenting formats. :)



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