Nov 15 09
by cara
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Tot School, November 15

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The Littlest Apple is 26 months old.

This week I presented activities to The Littlest Apple on trays, letting him choose which activity he would rather do.  I only offered two trays at a time, partly because The Littlest Apple gets overwhelmed by too many options and also due to a lack of space (I’m really not sure where I would put 5 or 6 trays).

Tot School Trays

We did several “life skills” activities this week.  The Littlest Apple helped me mix our Pumpkin Spice Granola:

Mixing Granola

He also vacuumed up a storm.  He LOVES his vacuum, and all vacuums, really.  We have to look at vacuums every time we go to Target.

Vacuuming

The Littlest Apple was not interested in arts and crafts this week, but we did manage to complete our Letter H project, from No Time For Flashcards.  As you can see, my guy is a little heavy handed with the glue.

Letter H

We talked about lots of things that start with the letter H: hands, hair, head, helicopters, hearts, hamburgers.  We made the letter H sound.  That was the extent of our Letter H activities for this week.  The Littlest Apple wasn’t interested in the rest of what I had planned!

We tried the Harvest Sensory Tub again, this time on the living room floor with a quilt underneath.  He loves this activity so much, and the quilt definitely help contain the mess….some.  Until he started throwing the popcorn kernels over his shoulder with a ladle (not pictured).  As much as I would love for this to be an activity for The Littlest Apple to do while I get a quick task done nearby, I think I’m going to have to supervise very closely until he learns the “rules.”

Harvest Sensory Tub on Quilt

I created this very rough looking name puzzle for The Littlest Apple.  His real name is Finley aka “Finn”…I’m not sure why I decided to call him The Littlest Apple instead of using his real name for the blog way back in January 2008, but it stuck.  I created this on the spur of the moment.  The bubble letters didn’t lend themselves to tracing and The Littlest Apple crumpled up the paper at one point.  I’ll make a nicer version of this at some point, perhaps laminated.  He caught on to this very quickly and impressed all the grandparents with this one!  I’m planning on making some other simple “see and spell” activities, similar to this Melissa and Doug toy (which we may buy him for Christmas).  He has mastered uppercase letter matching and some lower case.  The Littlest Apple is starting to understand that those letters form words, like his name and the word “mix” for cement mixer (that’s on one of his shirts).

Name Puzzle

The Littlest Apple loves any activity that involves water pouring and transferring.  I found a turkey baster this week at the store that I thought would be perfect for this.  The idea was to transfer from the bowl to the pitcher, and after a little coaching, The Littlest Apple figured out he had to squeeze the bulb on the turkey baster, then wait for it to “get big” again, meaning it was full of water.  Then he moved it the other bowl and squeezed to empty.  The table was probably a little too high for this activity, but he absolutely refused to let me move it to the floor.  He had so much fun with this, until he decided to pour the pitcher of water on the floor.  Between this and the popcorn kernel slinging, is he testing the rules or what?!  Sorry this photo is slightly blurry.

Turkey Baster Water Transfer

This little pie puzzle from our Funshine Express curriculum went over better than I thought, and The Littlest Apple came back to it several times.  There was a 2 piece pie and a 4 piece pie to fit together.

Pie Chart

The most successful activity of the week was sorting coins and putting them in his duck bank.  We sorted the coins together, naming them as we went (though he only remembers “dime”), then The Littlest Apple dropped them into the bank one by one.  We did this in batches because The Littlest Apple was very eager to get to the dropping-coins-in-the-bank part.  Once he was finished, we poured them all out and started again.  Dropping the coins in the bank took a long time given the number of coins, but The Littlest Apple loved it (and I was most grateful to be able to take a break and sit on the couch nearby reading a book!)

Coin Sorting

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  • http://www.amommytalks.com Lil’ Ms. P

    I love how you used the turkey baster for a transferring activity. It is perfect for the month of November.

  • http://whisperswhispering.blogspot.com Debbie

    I never thought about using a turkey baster for a fine motor skill. What a great idea!

    Isn’t it fun to watch as they begin to realize that letters go together to form words!

    We don’t watch a lot of TV here but two cartoons that Selena loved and learned alot from about letters and words, was PBS Super Why and Word World.

  • http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/ Mari-Ann

    So many awesome ideas, Cara!! I can’t wait to try the money sorting and pie activity. And you MUST buy the See and Spell – we love ours and it’s really useful in many other activities.
    Also, can I just tell you that I LOVE the name Finley?! With that adorable head of blonde hair he just looks like a little Finn!

  • http://www.prncsstefy.blogspot.com Stefanie

    I just love all the sensory tubs I’ve been seeing. Popcorn is a great and inexpensive idea. I wish, wish, wish my tot would behave with one. She immediately throws and dumps. There is no attempt at following the rules. LOL

  • http://tiredneedsleep.blogspot.com Nicole

    How cute that he loves vacuums so much! I love the baster transfer activity too and the sensory tub. Also, the hands for the letter “H” is adorable; my son is big on glue too, lol. You had a great week!

  • http://tolchin.blogspot.com Sarah

    great activities!!! I loved the letter H project- so cute:) My daughter also likes to vacuum a lot:) it looks like you had a fun week!

  • http://www.growingupourstyle.blogspot.com Rebecca

    Great ideas!!

  • http://ceaselesspraises.blogspot.com Carrie

    I am always so inspired by seeing what other kids can do (& what I should be done more of with my son)! Great ideas & activities – I LOVE the name puzzle idea – I have a set of stuffed letters that I may do that with for my son!

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