The past couple weeks have been kind of off for us. The week before last I set out rainbow colored activities on her trays for St. Patrick's Day, but only got to them a couple days that week (and of those days, I had forgotten to charge my camera). Corinne was sick most of last week, so we only did a couple days of tot school again this week. Here's a peek at what we did.
She played with a Melissa and Doug stacking toy in every way but the way it's intended. :)
She stacked them on the floor...
Sorted them by color....
And my favorite, she made a "table"...
The square blocks are the "chairs," the large round ones are the tables, and the smaller round ones were the people sitting on the chairs. How stinkin' cute is this? I love her little imagination and very much enjoyed listening to her chat about her creation. :)
She worked with her beginner pattern blocks.
And yet another Melissa and Doug activity! I love how versatile they all are. She threaded the wooden beads for a little while, but she mostly liked making towers. We chatted a bit about colors and numbers while she stacked.
Before she got sick, I planned to start doing letter of the week activities with her (which is now on hold until after Easter). I had included the "letter Aa" section of our Lauri alphabet puzzle boards as an activity to help focus on our letter. She is a huge fan of puzzles, so this was a favorite.
She spent A LOT of time practicing spreading!
One afternoon at lunch I watched her happily spread applesauce onto her sandwich... then not eat a bite of it. As I watched how engaged she was in her culinary creation, I thought to myself that I needed to make a similar activity tray for her, using a gloppy spread not intended as lunch.
I made up some dough paint, which is equal parts flour, water and salt, and a bit of food coloring ( I chose green because this was supposed to be a St. Patty's activity). Then decided to also add in some rice for a more "grainy" and thicker consistency. Worked perfectly! After I had the sauce-like spread I was going for, I needed something that could simulate bread for her to spread the goop onto. Cheap sponges came to mind, but we didn't have any on hand so I used pieces of an old mattress pad that the boys had torn up.
This was by far her favorite thing to do this week!! I only made a small amount of dough paint to see how it would go over. Now that I know how much she loves it, I'll make a bunch more in other colors. She has been asking for more!
Oh yeah, she didn't have any problem taking a taste of her spongy green sandwich-- go figure!
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