Friday, December 4, 2015

October Tot School - Pumpkins!

October was a fun, but busy, month for us!
Little Guy had a blast with all of our pumpkin themed activities and loved investigating real pumpkins!

Vocab: pumpkin,  orange,  circle,  round

Our Activities

Pumpkin Counting
Little Guy practiced his fine motor skills,  counting to 5, and 1-1 correspondence, using orange foam blocks from Dollar Tree and the pumpkin counting frame from my Pumpkin Theme Mega Pack (available HERE).
We used a pumpkin ice cube tray (also from Dollar Tree) and the blocks to expand the activity and practice counting to 10.

Pumpkin & Leaf Sort
I printed out the pumpkin and leaf word cards from my Fall Theme Literacy Pack (Available HERE) and gave them to Little Guy with some fall foam pieces from Michael's. 
He practiced sorting the pieces, first by shape, pumpkins or leaves, and then by color.

For an additional challenge, we added the foam pieces, or our foam squares, to our fabric leaves.  Little Guy had to hunt for the pieces and then use tongs to pick the pieces up to sort.

 Little Guy is a pro sorting objects by one property,  we're going to start working on sorting by two properties next.

Orange Sensory Play
Little Guy and I mixed flour, water, and food coloring for a "taste-safe" sensory activity.   He practiced self-help skills by scooping, pouring,  and stirring all the ingredients together.  I expected him to use his hands to play but he asked for a paint brush and had fun painting with his mixture.

Pumpkin Painting & Sticky Wall
I drew a pumpkin on a large sheet of kraft paper for Little Guy to paint.  I used the words "yellow" and "orange" as much as I could as we painted.
After the paint dried, I cut out the pumpkin shape and taped it to the back side of contact paper.  Next I taped the contact paper to a window.  I gave Little Guy some cardstock shapes (yes,  they are zebra print, lol) and showed him how to make a Jack-o-lantern face.  He had more fun sticking all the shapes on at one time.

Pumpkin Science & Sensory

For a quick prep sensory/science activity, I gave Little Guy a bowl of baking powder and a leaky sippy cup of vinegar.  I put two little pumpkins in a large, shallow tupperware container and encouraged him to scoop the baking soda onto the pumpkins and shake the vinegar on top.  He was AMAZED when he saw the bubbles!  (He tried using a spray bottle first but he couldn't quite aim the bottle and spray at the same time.  I was afraid he would end up with vinegar in his eyes).

To extend the activity, I gave him a paint brush and had him "paint" the baking soda and vinegar on the pumpkins.  This activity kept him engaged for almost 30 minutes!
(Thanks Tot School for the inspiration!)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Fall Leaves ~ October Tot School (Part 1)

October Tot School ~ Fall Leaves
Vocab: Leaves, Orange, Yellow

Our Activities
Fall Leaves Sensory Invitation to Play
I set out a bunch of fabric leaves and a little plastic rake and shovel for Little Guy to explore.  He loved raking the leaves onto the shovel and scooping them into his pumpkin bucket.

 Fall Tree Sticky Wall
I drew a tree on the non-sticky side of a piece of contact paper and taped it to our door, sticky side out.  Little Guy picked out a leaf, I told him the color, and he added it to our tree.  
Our Fall Sticky Tree was inspired from Toddler Approved.

Fall Nature Sticky Wall
Little Guy and I went on a nature hunt in our yard.  He loved collecting sticks, leaves, dandelions, and grass in his bucket.  I set up a little Sticky Wall for him and encouraged him to add his collection to the wall.  He LOVED this and kept saying "more, more!" and running to find more things to add,

Fall Play-doh
Easy fall play-doh fun ~ Orange play-doh and fall theme cookie cutters; leaves, acorns, and pumpkins.  Perfect for fine motor skill development and vocabulary building!

For more Fall Fun, visit me on Pinterest:

Coming next ~ Pumpkins!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Apple Theme ~ September Tot School Activities

I was inspired by several awesome Tot School bloggers (#TeacherMom and Let's Tot School) to be more intentional with the activities I do with Little Guy.  I decided to stick with a general theme (or two) for the month and fit in activities when we can, no strict schedule for us with a newborn in the house!  Many of our activities will be geared to vocabulary acquisition and language development but we will also be working on fine motor skills, letter/number recognition, early math concepts (shapes, counting, etc) and more!

Our theme for September was "Apples".
Keywords: Apple, Tree, Red, Yellow, Green, Circle

Our activities:
Sticky Wall Apple Tree
To make our sticky wall, I used Sharpie markers to draw a simple tree on the front of contact paper.  I then taped the contact paper (sticky side out) to our front door.  Using a circle punch, I punched a ton of circles out of red, yellow, and green patterned scrapbook paper. 
Little Guy loved this activity but the paper circles were hard to remove from the sticky paper.  In the future. I'll either laminate the scrapbook paper or use card stock.  
(This activity was inspired by Toddler Approved)

Color Sorting
Little Guy loved sorting colors using Duplo blocks and apple sorting mats
(available in my Apple Theme Mega Pack in my TPT shop)

Play-doh Circle Stamping
This activity was inspired heavily from Let's Tot School.  We used circle shaped blocks from our shape sorter to stamp circles into red play-doh.  I tried to use the words "circle" and "red" as much as possible during this activity.

Play-doh Apple Fine Motor/1-1 Correspondence
The last few times we used Play-doh, Little Guy spent most of his time ripping it apart.  This is great for developing strength and coordination for future fine motor skills.  I thought I could sneak in even more skill development by providing him with a "Do a Dot" mat from Crystal and Comp.
This activity can also be done using bingo chips or pom poms.

For more Apple Theme ideas, please follow my Pre-K ~ Apple Theme board on Pinterest!   

Friday, August 28, 2015

DIY Taste Safe Water Colors!

Taste Safe Water Colors ~ DIY

What you need: water, food coloring, paint brushes/sponges, paper

So simple to make!  
Mix a little bit of water with a few drops of food coloring (I used two drops) and paint away!
Little Guy also discovered what would happen if he mixed the two colors of paint (blue and green), it made a pretty turquoise color!  
The finished creations:

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Assess Me ~ Week 2

Linking up again with The Tattooed Teacher for the "Assess Me Linky"
Hope you enjoy learning more about me! :)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Assess Me! A Get to Know You Linky!

I'm joining The Tattooed Teacher for her new "Assess Me!" Linky Party!
I hope you enjoy learning more about me, stay tuned for more!

Visit The Tattooed Teacher to learn more about some other great teacher bloggers!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tell Us About You Tuesday ~ Summer Fun Week

 I'm linking up with the amazing bloggers at Freebie-licios for their Summer Fun Week! 
 I wasn't able to join yesterday, but I'm jumping in for "Tell Us About You Tuesday!"
Probably the most exciting new detail to share is that we welcomed our new baby boy to our family!  Baby Boy is absolutely adorable and his big brother adores him!

I hope you were able to learn something new about me, stay tuned for "Wonderful Idea Wednesday!"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 1st Birthday!

Little Guy is about to turn 2 and I've started thinking about his 2nd birthday party.  Well, since I never actually shared his 1st Birthday party pics... here is the big reveal (almost a year later!)

Little Guy's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 1st Birthday!
We set up a small gift table on our screen porch.  I couldn't find tablecloths that matched my theme so I bought fabric from Joann Fabrics (black/white chevron and polka dots).  I found the "ONE" letters at Michael's and used Modge Podge to decorate them with scrapbook paper.  I made all of the banners using cardstock, scrapbook paper, Modge Podge, ribbon, and tulle. 
Another little banner (this one was made out of the paper scraps from the other banners).  
These are some pictures of our little food tent sent up... we had a hotdog "bar"!
I found the black, red, and white picture frames at Michael's.  I printed the signs to fit inside and embellished them with Mickey Mouse stickers.  Of course, the utensils, plates, and cups had to fit the theme as well.  I went with solid red & black (to keep costs down) and added a little pop with black & white polka dot napkins!

After the party, I used the decorations as a backdrop to take pictures of Little Guy for his thank you cards.  They came out so cute!

We went all out for his 1st birthday but, with a new arrival coming soon, I'm unsure how much time/energy I'll have to plan another elaborate party!  This bums me out because everyone who knows me knows how much I love a good theme and throwing parties!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!  I hope I can share some 2nd birthday pictures soon! :)