3/24/13

Tot School~ 32 months

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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11 comments :

  1. What a lovely week! I LOVE the little table she made, I can just imagine her chattering away as she made it (at least that is what my 4 year old does when she is creating!). And her eating the mattress and green gloop sandwich is hilarious!

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    1. Ha ha, I thought so too! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  2. The dough paint is very interesting! :) LOL that she is taking a "bite." :)

    {Visiting from 1+1+1=1!}

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    1. Can't get that girl to eat much of anything, couldn't believe she tried it! Thanks for the visit Michelle!

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  3. The dough paint looks fun. Very cleaver using the mattress pad for bread!

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    1. It was fun! Thank you Jessica! :)

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  4. Those toys look awesome. My toddler would love them.

    Thanks for linking up on Artsy Play Wednesday. Pinned it.

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  5. Great way to follow your daughter's needs! I hadn't seen a spreading activity before ... fun idea! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

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  6. I love the dough paint - great idea.

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive. We're focused on playdough, gak, gloop (aka stretchy stuff) this week but you can also link up fab old play posts into other topics including science, reading, imaginative play etc Alice@ Mums Make Lists x

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