Monday, April 29, 2013

Springtime at Tot School

Despite the fact that we started this past week with several inches of snow, we took a break from letters and  did a spring theme at tot school this week. Thankfully, by the end of the week it was beautiful and made Hen realize that the weather isn't just snowy and cold all the time. 

Our first tray this week was a color matching flower pot I made. {See how to make them here} First, it had a laminated sheet with each color printed, a corresponding felt flower, and a Popsicle stick with a corresponding colored button hot-glued on. Then there was a small flower pot filled with rainbow rice. Henry could then match the colored flowers in a variety of ways.


This was Henry's favorite for the week, but he got irrationally upset if the felt flowers were but placed on the Popsicle sticks...toddlers. He mostly just placed the sticks into the rice and matched the sticks and flowers to the colors on the sheet. 


The second tray was focused on Earth Day. It was a globe printable {printable found here}, a bowl of pom-poms, and tongs. Henry really liked this but never really got that the blue poms went on the water and the green on the land. But, he did try to use the tongs a lot this week, which was great fine motor work. 



The final tray was another Earth Day inspired too. It was a "recycling bin" filled with different metal, paper, plastic, and glass recyclables. {More on the Recycling Activity Here!} Then, the tray included little cards that Henry could use to sort all the recycling. This was another one of Henry's favorites this week. It was a great way to teach him about different materials and, by spreading the cards around the room, it became a fun gross motor activity too!


Other things we did this week included:

Making small bird feeders: This was super fun to make but ended up just being squirrel feeders. 


Life-Cycle Puzzle: Henry loved this Melissa and Doug puzzle we checked out from our tot library


Flower magnets: Every time I take these out, Henry loves them


Dot Painting for Spring


Spring Dry Erase Sheet


See my Instagram for day-to-day updates on what we are up to!

How do you celebrate spring with your toddler? 



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15 comments:

  1. I  ♥ the button flowers - so cute. Your whole week was fabulous. (Our bird feeders become squirrel feeders, too.)

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  2. I love the button flower activity, too!! You and your son did a lot of great activities this week!! I just blogged about making t.p bird feeders and one dissappeared the other day!!! Must've been the squirrels!! ha!

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  3. As always, I love your trays! :) I have to agree with everyone else - the felt flowers idea was my favorite!

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  4. Our bird feeders were definitely squirrel feeders too! Love the little flowers - so cute!

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  5. Great ideas!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tot School Tuesday!

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  6. I'm really glad we weren't the only ones to have trouble with the TP bird feeders!

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  7. Wonderful ideas, Nicole ... and I totally love the button flowers! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Kids' Spring Activities Board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/kids-spring-activities/

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  8. I featured your post and button flowers photo in my Montessori-Inspired Flower Activities post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/05/06/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-flower-activities/

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  9. This is absolutely fabulous - I love the felt flowers and buttons and know what I will be making this week for my little girl to do.

    Thank you so much for linking to Tuesday Tots this week and to let you know that I will be featuring this on Rainy Day Mum this week.

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    1. Thanks Cerys! Just a tip, if you are going to make them. The round buttons did not work as nice as the shape (like the bumblebee) buttons, also cut the holes smaller than you think, cause they will stretch over time!

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  11. Visiting from Montessori Monday. I'd love for you to share your family-friendly crafts and ideas at Monday Kid Corner at thejennyevolution.com. See you at the party!

    Jennifer

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  12. What cute ideas! I can't wait to try out the button flowers!

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