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Christmastime at Tot School

Henry is 21 months old.

Since it's mid-December, we've moved to a Christmas theme at tot school. There are so many great toddler activities for Christmas that I've been super excited for this theme. Sadly, Henry's been sick all week. Some days he tolerated tot school, others not so much, so we didn't really get to as much as I had hoped. But, we will continue the Christmas theme this week too. {I apologize for the cellphone pictures. My camera died and the battery charger was MIA.}


The activity wall didn't change much. I did put red and green shape magnets on the magnet board which Hen liked. He still ignored the felt Christmas tree. 


Henry really enjoyed the tot trays this week. I think he split his time fairly evenly. The first tray was two wooden boxes and an ice cream scoop. One of the boxes was filled with plastic Christmas ornaments. He could then scoop the bulbs between the boxes. Henry preferred to just place the ornaments instead of using the scoop. If he used the scoop, he would pretend to eat the bulb -- which I thought was pretty funny considering he's never had ice cream! I was also pleasantly surprised that he didn't try to throw the ornaments.


The second tray was a shape sorting puzzle. Since we're done introducing shapes, this was just a good review. Henry could easily sort the pieces by their shapes, but it was a challenge for him to get them just right on the pegs. He seemed to like the challenge and worked hard at this. 


The final tray was the winter sensory bin I made. With it I placed a plastic tube decorated for Christmas, tongs, a metal scoop, star ice cube tray, a stocking, and a wooden spoon. Henry was obsessed with the jingle bells and spent most of his time searching for and playing with them. Henry did get irrationally upset if I tried to show him the snowman ribbon -- I have no idea what that was about! 


Other things we did this week included:

Decorating snowflakes. 



Bathtub painting. 

If you liked this post check out: Montessori Christmas Trays for Toddlers; Christmas Sensory Matching for Toddlers. For even more ideas, follow my Montessori Christmas Pinterest board.

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Anonymous said…
Bathtub painting looks SUPER fun. You'll have to tell me more about it! Jessie :)
Miss Courtney said…
The pictures turned out great.
What fun for your little guy! Hope he feels better soon!
Mama to 4 said…
how adorable! Feel free to share your post by stopping by and linking it up @ Learn and Link http://mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/2012/12/egg-carton-snowman-craft-learn-link.html Have a Merry Christmas!
Deb Chitwood said…
Looked like a great week ... and I love your Christmas activities! I always enjoy seeing the creative ideas you put together! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Kids' Christmas Activities Board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/kids-christmas-activities/

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