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!