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!   

3 comments:

  1. I like that you have no strict schedule and fit these fun, educational activities in throughout the day. More learning will occur if it's not "forced". The apple tree on the door is so cute and creative! It's great to see fine motor skills strengthening activities! So many more young children are coming to kindergarten lacking fine motor skills for pencil grasp and writing due to using phones and ipads instead of hands-on learning and playing.

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  2. We did apples the last two weeks! I wish I had tots again. My kids are now entering K5. Love the color sorting products!

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  3. You definitely have to be flexible with a newborn in the house! Congratulations! Looks like Little Guy had fun!

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