October 30, 2011

Tot School - 10.30.11

-Red is currently 16.5 months old.-

Theme: Spiders

We've had another festive week of Halloween activities! Here are the shelves.

Top Left shelf contained Magneatos. These are really fun!

Top right was a puzzle.
Middle left had a cup with clothespins to slide onto the rim.

Middle right was the geo sorter and a Melissa & Doug latches board.

Bottom left was the Mr. Pumpkin Head from last week, and bottom right had a basket full of various heuristic play items. I learned about this here on the Pre-School Play blog. Basically, it's just a bunch of items with no specific purpose or relation to one another, and the goal is to let your little one experiment with them in an open-ended, creative way--without any interference. 


We read The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle this week. (Sorry for the horrible photo!)


We sang Spider on the Floor by Raffi and Itsy Bitsy Spider while playing with our spider balloon.

Practical Life

We worked on raking leaves this weekend. I have a feeling we'll be doing this several more times this fall.


We played with our Halloween sensory tub.

And made an ooey gooey gel sensory bag with spiders.


Red and I cooked together again this week. We built rails onto a chair so it would be safer for him to stand on, and he loved being at counter-level to help. We made a yellow cake from Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious cookbook.


We painted a spider web using painters tape to mark off the web shape. We also painted with spiders (fake ones, of course!).


We got into a festive Halloween mood by drinking our smoothies out of a pumpkin cup.

And decorating with spider webs.

And spidery gel clings.

And, of course, after all that raking, we had to have some fun in the leaves!

All this plus a night of trick-or-treating on Monday! What a fun week!

1 comment:

  1. Playing in the leaves looks so much fun!

    Stopping over from Tot School.