Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Consignment Haul 2013

Some of you may have noticed that it was a little slow around here last week. Well, this spring I volunteered to be on a committee that organizes this giant consignment sale as a fundraiser for the ECFE {Early Childhood Family Education} school program that Henry is a part of. Our sale was held this past weekend which left me with a lot of work and very little time.

In fact, between set up, the sale, and clean up, I was away from home from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and from 5:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on Saturday. While the hours were pretty long, the reward was great -- look what I was able to pick up!!



This is everything except a booster seat and a tiny cozy coupe toy which Henry refused to put down even for a picture.



The clothes included 9 sleepers, 7 short sleeved shirts, 2 pairs of shorts, 4 long sleeved shirts, rubber boats, and a wool sweater vest.



The toys were pretty varied and included flashcards, a wooden hammering toy, wooden rattle, an Elmo Farm, magnets, a doctor's kit, an awesome dressing board puzzle, and small plastic animals.

I think my best find was this large bag of Schleich brand farm animals for only $10!! I about died when I saw the price. They could have easily been twice the price and I would have happily bought them! Total steal!




In total, I spent around $70!! This was one of my best sales yet! I love consignment sale season. Anyone else consignment shopping this spring? Anyone find any amazing deals?

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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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Nerves

Our first RE appointment is tomorrow. I'm so excited -- 6 weeks without having a plan has been killing me. But I'm also super nervous. I just don't know what I want out of this appointment. 

Part of me is so scared, although this is unlikely, that the RE is going to say "you're hopeless, time to move on, be happy with the kid you have." Ok, so maybe that is really really unlikely. But, I am really afraid of a low percentage of success and knowing that we may walk away with more bad news. 


On the other hand, I'm super afraid that he's going to say "easy, peazy, you're going to be pregnant is no time." Because, then I have to be pregnant again. And, I think its safe to say that the anxiety I have about getting another positive pregnancy test is pretty daunting at the moment. 

I know, I'm coming off a little crazy here. Fear of not being able to get pregnant, fear of pregnancy. Perfect. So...that's where I'm at. 

I'm coping by nervous crafting today. Painting wooden crates I picked up at Goodwill and some wooden letters for Hen's big boy room, that is officially getting underway. At least I can use my nervous energy for some good. 



Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tot School: Letter J

Henry is 25 months old. 

This was one of those week's at tot school that makes all the hard work worth it! Henry had a total blast. He asked to do our tot school activities almost every single day. There was no fighting me or complaining. The only we had tears was when we had to clean up! It was truly wonderful. 

Prior to this week, Henry could identify a J and a j. He can also say "J." 



On our first tray this week was a printable that said "J is for jelly fish." Find it here. I paired the sheet {which I laminated} with exactly enough jelly-like water beads, for Henry to fill in the circles. I also put a spoon and tongs out in case he wanted more of a challenge. 



Henry really liked this. The water beads were a little more challenging since they rolled around pretty easily, but Hen didn't seem to mind. He tried a few times to pick them up with the utensils, but pretty much just stuck to using his hands. Either way, it was fun, promoted a little sensory play and fine motor skills. 



The second tray was Henry's favorite for the week. On this tray was a bunch of jars and a basket containing their corresponding lids. Henry could then match the lids to the correct jar. There was some initial frustration from Hen in getting the lids to stay on, but he picked it up really quickly. One day, he sat and repeated this tray for almost an hour -- total win! 



In addition to the fine motor skills, Henry picked up some new vocabulary using this tray! He started saying "too small," "too big," and "just right." We also had a lot of smelling the jars, since many were old spice jars. Hen's favorite was the garlic container. He would smell it and say "so stinky!" 



The final tray was a set of cards I made. Each card had a picture of jelly beans on it -- from 1 to 10. The images were from the Clippix ETC site! I discovered this site earlier this month and its awesome! It gives teachers license to use certain {high quality!} clip art for free!! Check it out! The cards also had a corresponding number so that Henry could count and match the correct number to the card. 



Henry enjoyed this, but only for numbers 1 to 5. With the higher numbers, he lost patience and didn't want to count all the jelly beans on the page. 



We also had our letter J sensory bin this week. Henry played with this quite a bit too. His favorites were the jacks and the little jaguar animal. 



Other things we did this week included:




Jelly fish dry erase. 



Jelly fish coloring sheet. 



Letter J books. 



Letter J snacks.



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