Monday, February 15, 2010

Tot School

Tot School
M&M is currently 44 months old

We didn't do a letter this week, but just some fun Valentine's activities. Our main project was making recycled crayon hearts. These are all over the mommy blogosphere so they aren't a new idea by any means, but they are definitely new to us! I've actually been wanting to do recycled crayons since I first saw them last spring. Yeah, it takes me that long to do stuff sometimes. M&M helped me arrange the crayons in the silicone heart pan that I got in the Target $1 spot. I put them in the oven at 250 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. Then stuck them in the freezer for a little bit. I made these for M&M to give away so I also cut out some hearts out of sandpaper to give with it to do rubbings with. 



We also made heart flowers out of construction paper. This idea came from Lucky Me. We stuck green pipe cleaners through three hearts, put either a bead or a button through and then folded it over so it wouldn't come off. For the vase M&M put stickers on a piece of paper that I cut to the size of a toilet paper roll then we glued it onto the roll. It is glued onto a square piece of paper to keep the little rocks in the bottom that we put in to keep it from falling over. It turned out really cute.

We practiced counting and fine motor skills with this activity from Tired, Need Sleep. M&M clipped a clothespin onto the right number of hearts on the card.  I found two other Valentine counting cards at Confessions of a Homeschooler and Little Did I Know.

I've been waiting to get these little tin mailboxes from the Target $1 spot ever since I saw someone post about them last year at about this time. I got four of them to use for an activity. (The decorated one was also used for M&M to take to preschool to exchange Valentine's this week.) I taped a little piece of paper with a shape onto the front of each of them. Then I made 4-5 cards with the same shape on them to put in a bag for her. First I had M&M find a "home" for each shape. She put each in a different room of the house. Then she would take a card out of her bag, see what shape it was and deliver it to the right box. We have a lot of tile in our house so she rode her bike around to each room. She had a lot of fun with this. She was done after delivering about half of the "letters". I probably put too many in her bag to deliver with the hopes of keeping her busy for a longer period of time.  This is a really adaptable activity that can be used for the alphabet, colors, sight words, etc. 


I caught M&M and Bubba playing the drums (and the step stool) in the hallway. We use a formula can for our drum. It works great! Bubba is really starting to do lots of stuff and it's exciting to see him grow and learn new things. My house is never clean now because he is always into one cabinet or drawer tearing it apart. *Sigh*
M&M started a dance class on Saturday and she loves it. She followed instruction really well and could imitate what the teacher did, better than the other kids who have been there longer than her.  

We had quite the phenomenom where we live this past week. It snowed all day on Thursday. This is from a place where it never snows. My husband put a ruler in it Friday morning and it came up to 10 inches! I grew up in a place where it snowed all winter so this was a fun thing for me to be able to share that part of my childhood with my kids. We built a snowman and went sledding on big tupperware bin lids!
We used the bottom part of the bin to tow Bubba around in the snow so he wouldn't just keep falling down in it and getting frozen.


  1. LOVE your pictures!! :)
    Your little daughter is cute- mine has that same dance outfit! Where is she going to be dancing? Mine is starting in March doing a ballet/tap class for 3 year olds. I think I am more excited than she is! LOL
    What a fun week of activities- thanks for sharing!

  2. First of all, what a CUTE activity you did with the mailboxes!! Love it!

    And, I'm so glad she liked ballet! Honestly, it is Maddie's very favorite thing to do. She just adores the class, the teacher, the leotards... :)

    Yay for snow!! Maddie has never seen snow, though I'd love to take her up to play in it someday!

    Great week!

  3. What a fun week! I love the flowers so cute!!

  4. Looks like fun! We did the same thing with the plastic boxes when it snowed here! Good memories.



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