October 23, 2011

Tot School - 10.23.11

-Red is currently 16.5 months old-

Theme: Pumpkins

We've been getting into the Halloween spirit with pumpkin week. Here are the shelves this week:

Top left was the jumping frogs from last week. By the end of this week, Red was able to make them jump himself!

The top left shelf held his Pop'n Pals and a puzzle. Neither of these were his favorite.

Middle left shelf had a tray with photo block puzzles. He enjoyed looking at these but didn't manipulate them as much as I thought he would. There's a lot you can do with this idea. Here is one example with animals. Here is one with famous landmarks.

The middle right shelf held a basket with balls and blocks in it. I tried a sorting activity with him again this week, but he still isn't ready for it yet. He names the items correctly but doesn't understand the concept of sorting them into two piles. He prefers to throw them all around the room...*sigh*

The bottom left shelf had a tray with Mr. Pumpkin Head. We punched all the holes ahead of time and marked them with black permanent marker, then Red was able to put the pieces in and out on his own (for the most part).

Bottom right shelf contained a tray with Halloween erasers to sort into an empty egg crate. He enjoyed looking at the erasers and naming them. He's also starting to put them into the empty holes more but often still puts several in one space.


We read 5 Little Pumpkins and sang the Raffi version of the same song.

Practical Life

We worked on wiping down the table after meals/snacks this week. Red is still very young, so with these practical life activities, I try to show him how to do it and let him help, but I don't expect him to start doing these skills all the time--it's more of an introduction.


My plan was to let Red explore the pumpkin insides as a sensory experience this week. He still doesn't care for anything too slimy or messy, so poking at it with his index finger was all he was interested in doing.

Luckily the pumpkin patch we visited had a wonderful corn play area for kids. What a great sensory activity!


I attempted to cook with Red for the first time this week. This is one situation when it's actually helpful that he doesn't like to get too messy. The kitchen survived, and we'll be cooking together more in the future. We made this pumpkin bread, and it turned out really well!


We did several art projects this week too. We used a mini pumpkin to make pumpkin prints. We also painted a pumpkin. And we did a little singing and shaking with a homemade pasta-filled maraca. Raffi's Shake Your Sillies Out was perfect for this activity!


For fun, we visited a pumpkin patch this week. There were lots of fun things for Red to do. He got to pet some animals, ride a horse, play beanbag toss, ride a train, and walk through a hay maze. 

It was a fun trip and will make a great memory!

Check out tot school at 1+1+1=1 to see what other toddlers are doing!

1 comment:

  1. Popping over from Tot School!

    Looks like a great week!! I LOVE the picture blocks...what an awesome idea!!