March 30, 2012

Flyswatter Painting.

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We did some very messy painting today. I gave Red a flyswatter to paint with, and as you can imagine, it was difficult to keep the paint contained on the mat. I had several splatters across my hardwood floor, but thankfully, it is washable paint!

I have found that in these times of pure messiness, it is best to embrace it rather than try to fight it. Red spent most of the time painting his feet and legs with the flyswatter, and he ended up very colorful.

He also enjoyed exploring the flyswatter with the slick paint on it—lots of chances for sensory exploration.

My little artist wielding his paintbrush :)

March 25, 2012

Tot School – 3.23.12

-Red is currently 21 months old-

Theme: Spring

Tot Trays & Learning Toys

1. Foam Puzzles (from a consignment sale). Red was really intrigued by these puzzles and enjoyed popping the pieces out, but they were difficult for him to put back together.

2. Stacking Pegs. Red enjoys making towers with the pegs.

3. Geo Sorter. Red is good at fitting the shapes in the right holes. This week it served as a playground for Mickey Mouse.

4. Gears! Gears! Gears! Building Set. Red had a little trouble fitting the gears in just the right way, but he liked to watch them turn.

5. Nesting Blocks. These also served as a playground for his Disney characters this week :)

6. Threading Spools and Washers on Dowel Rods. He focused more on stacking the spools and washers than threading them this week.


I See Spring

This was a really cute book with vibrant pictures and fun rhyming lines about Spring. It was perfect for Red’s age level.

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons

This was another cute book about the changing seasons. It focused a lot on winter but ended with the coming of Spring. It was also appropriate for Red’s age.

How Do You Know It's Spring? (Science Slam: Signs of the Seasons)

This book was geared for older children, but it had lots of great information and wonderful photographs of things that happen in the Spring. We both still enjoyed it.

Spring Is Here!

This was a fun book about a mole who tries to wake up his friend, Bear, because Spring is here. This was one of Red’s favorites of the bunch. It was perfect for a young toddler.

Kitten's Spring

This book had short, snappy rhyming text and interesting illustrations. They look almost like claymation or something. It held Red’s attention many times through.


We made some play dough flowers with straw stems. Red had so much fun with the play dough that he didn’t want to put it away even to watch Sesame Street!


Red used a soda bottle to make flower prints.

He also helped me gather some flowers in the yard for a Spring collage.

And one rainy Spring day we went outside a drew chalk flowers on black paper.

We’ve had amazing Spring weather to go with our theme this week. It’s nice when the weather can cooperate with our tot school plans ;)

To see what other toddlers are learning about this week, visit Tot School at 1+1+1=1.

March 24, 2012

Flower Stamping.

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Red and I tried to stamp flowers with the bottom of a Coke bottle. It did not turn out as beautiful as this post I found on Pinterest, but that didn’t matter! I used a small soda bottle, and perhaps a larger one would have printed better.

He mostly chose to finger paint anyway. It was abstract, but I think we captured the essence of Spring :)

March 23, 2012

Chalk Flowers.

We had some rainy Spring weather today, but we decided to make the best of it and make some art outside anyway. We drew flowers together using colored chalk on black construction paper. The chalk is so vibrant against the dark backdrop. Chalk is great for young toddlers, because it marks easily but washes off. We had a light drizzly rain, but the damp paper made the chalk even brighter.

He continued to draw some more even after we came in. He kept calling the paper his chalkboard :)

Great project for a rainy Spring day!

March 22, 2012

Spring Collage.

We’ve had storms over the past few days, so our flowering bushes and trees lost a lot of their blooms. As we were playing outside today, we gathered some of the flowers in a bucket.

After Red’s nap, I taped a piece of contact paper onto the floor—sticky side up. I saw the idea for this in this post on Peaceful Parenting. He had fun feeling the stickiness on his hands and feet.

Then we started sticking the flowers to it.

He made sure to give them a good whack to help them stick :)

Then once we’d put all our flowers on it, I folded it in half to seal it between the contact paper and hung it in the window by his table for him to enjoy his handiwork. I’m not sure how long it will last, but it’s been nice having a little piece of Spring inside!

March 18, 2012

Tot School – 3.18.12

-Red is currently 21 months old-

Theme: St. Patrick’s Day

Tot Trays & Learning Toys

1. Little People Jungle Blocks. Red loves this set of blocks. I think because it comes with a monkey and a zebra. They are also easy enough for him to snap together without getting frustrated.

2. Magnetic Fishing Numbers. Red likes to name the different sea creatures, and we use them to talk about numbers too. It’s great for working on concentration and hand-eye coordination.

3. Vehicle Sound Puzzle. This is still Red’s favorite puzzle, because of all the sounds it makes.

4. Pouring Beans into a Plastic Hat. Red does really well with pouring activities if he takes his time. He usually has one big spill resulting from going too fast.

5. Wedgits. Another great building set.


It's St. Patrick's Day, Dear Dragon

This book is geared toward early readers, so the text is very simplistic. I was a little bored by it, but Red liked it a lot. I think mainly because he loves anything dragon-related.

Green Shamrocks

Red loved, loved, loved this one. It was a pretty cute story about a rabbit who loses his shamrocks and goes around asking the other animals if they’ve seen them. We read this on a loooot.

St. Patrick's Day Alphabet

This one has quite a bit of text. We skimmed through it and just read one line from each letter. It was a little over his level, but we still looked through it a few times.

Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun

I don’t think we ever read this one. It was a little too advanced as well. We were too busy reading Green Shamrocks over and over!

The Leprechaun's Gold

Ditto for this one.


We made a green gelatin sensory bin to play in.

We also ate green smoothie pops, which turned into a sensory experience!


Red painted a shamrock made out of sand paper. This one could count as a sensory experience too!

Pretend Play

Then we pretended to be leprechauns hunting for gold.

To see what other tots are learning about this week, visit 1+1+1=1's Tot School.