Sunday, August 2, 2009

Tot School

Tot School

(M is 35 months old)

We've been talking about patterns for a while now and M apparently thinks it's a line up of any kind. He made these "patterans" this week and was so proud of them:

It was so cute, he listed off the patterns to me like this - circle, square, circle, circle, star, square... and on and on until he was at the end. Evidently we need to work on the idea of repeating objects in order for it to be a real pattern. And don't you like how we had to hang his lacing beads up on the window tie-back? "For decoration" of course. :)

We did a little toothpick and styrofoam activity, pushing the toothpicks in and then putting beads on. I tried the whole pattern thing with him again, seeing if he could copy my pattern. He did, and then he added his own little touch:Then some pipe cleaners got in on the action. This activity kept him busy for quite a while:
We did a little squeezing-water-out-of-a-sponge-with-a-garlic-press activity (That's it's official name). I think I got this idea from The Wonder Years, but I'm not 100% sure on that.
He did his foam ABC puzzle. Hammering the letters in never gets old.We did a dinosaur matching game (file folder game found here):
And we lined up color cards by shade, lightest to darkest:
He did his name puzzle:
And he worked on this little wipe-off mat we found (dollar spot at Target, I love it!) - We picked a letter then I went through and named all the objects for him and he circled the ones that started with that letter's sound. He did great. And he actually circled things, which I didn't know he could do. Yay for fine moter skills! :)
He spent about an hour playing with play-doh, he was very into it!
He worked outside on his car. He's really into fixing things lately (pretend of course). :)
One day he had to have a Superman mask. He doesn't even know who Superman is, but he got a little Superman action figure at a garage sale and I told him a little bit about him. So we went online to see if there was a mask we could print out. No superman, but I found a cute site that has a lot of animal masks - all printable for free! He decided to be a frog! :)
That's my boy!

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Ribbit. Have a beautiful day!


  1. Wow what a great week. Emily loves her lacing beads and foam alphabet puzzle too!

  2. I really like the "squeezing-water-out-of-a-sponge-with-a-garlic-press activity"! I have seen this on a few other blogs and one day we will give it a try! :)

  3. Great ideas!All of them look so fun!

  4. His patterns are adorable!!

    I love the pipe cleaners/foam activity--this would be really fun!

    You had a busy week of learning and have some wonderful ideas to share--thank you!

  5. I just made color tablets for Sweet Pea to line up from lightest to darkest, but she wasn't interested at all. I think I'm going to give it another few weeks before introducing them again.

  6. It's a great week. The patterns look like something Anna would make - she also "doesn't get" repeating objects unless it's a zebra. we also love wipe-off books here - it's really a nice way to try the same things over and over. "Superman" mask is supercute too.

  7. Great week! I like the toothpicks in the Styrofoam. We have that alphabet mat from Target too (LOVE the Dollar spot!). My daughter likes to make patterns too.

  8. I like the toothpicks in styrofoam with the bead patterns. We're having trouble understanding what pattern means, too, so maybe we'll try this! And I have to print some of those masks!

  9. What a fun week with dinosaurs! Caden would love the toothpicks and beads. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love the toothpicks and beads idea. I'll be back for more great ideas. :)

  11. What a busy week, I love the toothpick game and the paint chips spectrum!


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