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Tot School Color Green!

Henry is 13.5 months old.

This week's color was green. I picked green for Earth day, but then we didn't quite get around to it in time. But it was fun nevertheless. And, again, sorry about my pictures, boy I miss my camera.
The activity wall was a big hit this week. On the magnet board, I had some random over-sized green letters - Henry totally ignored them. Ha! I think he is just too used to them from the fridge. But he loved these little wooden green car magnets that I picked up recently at a consignment sale. Henry loves everything car related, so these got a ton of use. He would even try to roll them along the floor. 



The felt board had the "larger" shapes that I have made each week (Elmo for Red week, a banana for yellow week, and now a tree for green week), and had a few smaller green shapes. Henry is finally starting to figure out how to put the felt back on to the board. So now he has fun ripping off the stuff, and gently placing it back.


We continued the baby pictures this week, but moved from identifying eyes, to noses. He totally doesn't get it, and always just points to the eyes. So we're going to keep noses for next week too. 
Tot trays this week were pretty simple. The first, as always, was our green sensory bin. Inside the bin was some green jacks (Target dollar spot), stretchy frogs and lizards (dollar spot), some green sponge shapes, a green wooden robot (consignment sale), some green foam shapes, pipe cleaners, and a few other random green toys. 
Henry's favorite thing to do with the bin was to put the little green jacks inside a stacking cup and shake them all over the room. He would then gather them up, and start all over again. 
The second tray was a sheet of green bubble wrap. I found a roll of the bubble wrap in the clearance section at Office Max, and was super excited to use it this week. It was a great way to have Hen work on fine motor skills - popping the individual bubbles - and gross motor skills - jumping and running over it. Henry love the sheet the first couple days, but then totally ignored it.

The final tray was a dry erase marker and a blank sheet-protected page. Just like the last few weeks, Henry liked to color, but had a hard time keeping the marker out of his mouth.
The book bin was not as popular this week. I thought Hen would love this Elmo book I found, but not so much. Henry's favorite book was Peak-a Who? by Nina Laden, and he would giggle his little head off every single time. 


Other activities we did included, a green puzzle at the library. And adding to our sticker characters on the wall of our classroom!



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I love these posts! My son also loves that Peek a who book. It's been his fave since 4 months old. <3

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