Sunday, January 17, 2010

Tot School


Tot School
M&M is currently 42 months old & Bubba is 13 months old

We finished up our snow/winter theme this week because I didn't get everything done last week that I wanted to do. We've never made homemade playdough before, but I've been wanting to do it for a while. I'm hoping this year to make it once a month to go along with holidays/seasons. We made "snow dough" this month. I got the recipe from Funny Days with Mommy and Maddie. We added glitter as well, but we added a touch of almond extract instead of vanilla to make it smell good. I got this idea and the idea to use cookie cutter letters to make the word snow from Counting Coconuts. M&M had fun using buttons, beans, ribbon, fake jewels, pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks to decorate her snowman. She made a baby and daddy one. 





I planned on doing the letter A this week, but didn't get all of the things done that I wanted to again. After a year of blogging about these activities with M&M I've figured out that it's okay if I don't get everything done. I don't have to do something just to blog about it. Maybe we'll get to it this week, maybe not. But either way that's okay.

Anyway, what we did do was an activity with animals. We went on a stuffed animal safari. This idea came from Mom's Marbles. (Can't find the exact post.) We started out by making these binoculars out of toilet paper tubes and wrapping them in construction paper. While M&M was decorating it with stickers I took some of her stuffed animals and placed them around the house. When I told her that she needed to hide in my room while the animals came out and hid, her eyes got so big and she said, "We're just pretending, right?" M&M LOVED this activity! We took turns "hiding" the animals and then finding them. She got a real, but really inexpensive, digital camera for Christmas and she had to take pictures of every single animal. (The elephant is hiding in my, new to me, sewing machine that I just got. I'm so excited to start to use it!)






Another activity that we did involved the alphabet. I saw this on The Activity Mom. I wrote each letter of the alphabet, upper and lowercase, on a paper towel tube. Then M&M would match them by putting the stickers onto the written letter. I just realized that The Activity Mom and I used the same stickers, haha.

 
I was trying to do some activities with Bubba so I gave M&M a jar of 15 bean soup and told her to
sort the beans. I wanted to just give her a small bowl of them, but she insisted on having the whole jar. Well, this didn't last very long. I'll try it again some other time, some other way.




I introduced Bubba to the sensory tub after seeing it on the early one-year-old page on the Productive Parenting website. He really enjoyed sticking his hands into the beans and putting them back and forth between the jar and the plastic container. Once he did this for a fair amount of time. I stopped him when he started throwing them around the room, though. That was enough fun with the beans for one day.Then I gave him a bag of pom poms to take out of the bag and touch....and then throw. He also helped daddy do the dishes by putting the clean dishes daddy just put away in the cupboard back into the the dishwasher. Then he helped close the dishwasher when daddy was done....well almost. (I realize that beans are a choking hazard for one-year-olds, that is why I was next to him every second, watching his every move.)


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10 comments:

  1. I really love the safari idea - maybe we will even do it today. We planned to go to a zoo but were rained out, so maybe we should just have a zoo inside instead.

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  2. I love alphabet on the paper towel tube - great idea! :)

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  3. Love the paper towel tube idea!

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  4. You've been so busy! I love all of these ideas, but especially the play-dough snow and alphabet tube. Brilliant!

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  5. Your animal safari is great! Congrats on your new sewing machine. Berninas are great machines.

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  6. As a kid I would have LOVED going on a stuffed animal safari, hopefully when Xander gets older he'll enjoy that too. I'll have to try the bean tub with Xander. He still puts nearly everything in his mouth but you're right, if we supervise closely little ones can still enjoy activities like that. And I know he'd love moving them from container to container, that's his favorite thing to do with his blocks. Thanks for sharing your week.

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  7. The alphabet tube is such a great idea, thank you for sharing.

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  8. What a fun week of Tot School!
    Just wanted to let you know I have an award for you on my blog. :)

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  9. Love the almond scenting! I bet it will keep longer with the scent too! I added your link to my blogroll!

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