December 29, 2011

Tot School – 12.26.11

-Red is currently 18.5 months old-

Theme: Christmas

This post is very late this week. We had a busy holiday and then a nasty flu bug hit our house, so I’ve had trouble catching up! Here are the shelves from last week.

Top-Left shelf had a tray with pipe cleaners to push through a can strainer. In retrospect, this would have been a little easier for him with dried spaghetti or something that doesn’t bend.

Top-Right cubby held a puzzle and a basket full of Christmas-themed objects.

I included some wrapping paper squares to let him practice matching. He did this for a second, but was more interested in crumpling them up.

Middle-Left cubby had a tray with clothespins to slide onto the edge of a cup. Red likes this work.

Middle-Right cubby held his Noah’s Ark shape sorter. He likes to name the animals, and he can sometimes match them up.

Bottom-Left cubby had his counting bears. He is doing well at sorting these by color. He also likes to nest and stack the cups.

Bottom-Right cubby held his foam blocks. He discovered that some of them have holes with circle pieces that fit inside and spent quite a bit of time putting the circles in and out.


We got several Christmas books from the library this week.

His favorite was definitely If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff. His second was Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck. I liked the rhyme in Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans, and the writing was really good in The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson. The other two, Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson, didn’t get as much reading time.


We sang a lot of Christmas carols this week. His favorite is Silent Night, and he likes Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls too.


We made and decorated Christmas cookies for Santa! Red put on the sprinkles, and it was great fine motor practice.


Red made foam Christmas ornaments for us and his grandparents to hang on our trees.


Red played with a Christmas-y window cling,

Visited Santa

And opened presents on Christmas morning!


Linking up with Tot School at 1+1+1=1. We’ll be taking a couple week off and then starting back with some new phonics work in 2012!

December 21, 2011

Foam Ornament.

I saw the idea for this ornament here at No Time for Flashcards. Red started off by painting the foam sheets.

Then I added some glue and he shook on the glitter.

Here are his finished canvases.

After he went to bed I gathered some old lids, traced their shape on the foam, cut them out, and glued the foam to the lids.


Then I cut some more designs to spruce them up a little more.

Tonight, Red’s dad will use his drill to make a hole for the hanger, and they’ll be done! It was a family project!

December 18, 2011

Tot School – 1.15.12

-Red is currently 19 months old-

Theme: Snow

The weather has been crazy this week. We’ve had days in the 60’s and days where the windchill was 5. But we did get one good day of snow, which was perfect for our theme! On the shelves this week:

Honeybee Tree game. We practiced taking turns and putting the leaf stems into the holes.

Pouring beans. He really enjoys pouring activities, and does a pretty good job. It’s good practice for cleaning up spills too.


Putting stir sticks in a parmesan cheese container. This is another favorite. He likes working on snapping the lid open and closed too.


Blue basket. He learned some new vocabulary—sponge, crepe paper.

Blocks. He got these really cool blocks for Christmas. He loves putting the smaller pieces inside the larger ones.

Thread spools, washers, and dowel rods (oh my!). Red loves this homemade toy. The spools are more challenging to thread onto the dowels, but the washers make such a great clanking noise. So much to love!


We got a lot of great snow-themed books from the library this week.

It's Snowing!Snow Party

The Jacket I Wear in the SnowSnow Happy!

Mouse's First Snow

Red and I had differing opinions on our favorite books this week. He loved Snow Happy and Mouse’s First Snow, but I was partial to It’s Snowing, and I loved Snow Party.


Red played with his winter sensory bin.

And he also got his hands in some snowy play dough. I added silver and white glitter to this play dough recipe.


Edible snowballs. We made some awesome peanut butter snowballs.


Snowflake prints. Red made this fun snowflake with a paint roller and a paper snowflake.

Ice cube painting. He got his hands chilly with some frozen paint.

Snow scene painting. And he made a snow scene that turned into a blizzard!


Heading out to play in the snow!

Lots of snowy fun! Linking up to tot school at 1+1+1=1.

December 15, 2011

Star Ornament.

We worked in a little fine motor practice today as we made a star ornament. I let Red lead the activity as far as his attention span would go, and when he was done, we stopped.

We started off with two pipe cleaners twisted together.

Then I let Red try to string some beads onto the pipe cleaner.

This was a little difficult for him, so I ended stringing a lot of them and letting him move them along the pipe cleaner.

He seemed to enjoy this for awhile, and then when he started to throw the beads, we quit. Here’s his finished ornament.