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October 22, 2012

Halloween Ovals Tot School

This week our shape for tot school was oval and our theme was Halloween. However, we had some big road blocks to tot school this week. Henry has been {and still is} sick with some sort of stomach/coughing bug. Also, our printer broke which we decided not to replace before we move next week, so that limited some of our projects. 
Our activity wall was pretty much stayed the same. I had a few oval and Halloween magnets but Henry wasn't really into them. The felt board was full of different sized ovals, but Hen was much more interested in the big orange rectangle from last week. 
The tot trays were alright this week. I don't know if Hen didn't like the activities or if he just wasn't feeling up to tot school, but nothing was super exciting to him. The first tray was a big shape puzzle. Henry had never seen it before, and I was super surprised how quickly he got all of the shapes correctly. He didn't even need my help putting the pieces in!

The second tray was a candy-corn shaped game I found at Target's dollar spot. I don't know how it was actually supposed to be played. But I used it for some fine-motor and color sorting practice. It came it orange, yellow, and black pegs so I painted the black pegs white. Hen was pretty good at matching the colors but had a hard time getting the pegs into the holes. 

The final tray was a size sorting activity. Henry had large and small pumpkins then ovals to sort them into. I made big pumpkins and small pumpkins from hand since our printer was broken, so I apologize for their rough appearance. We have just started working on size, so Hen was a little confused about what to do. Even by the end of the week, he wasn't sorting the pumpkins with that much accuracy. 

The book bin this week had a few new books about Halloween, but I couldn't find any oval specific books this time. Henry really enjoyed Boo! Baby by Margaret Miller, he couldn't get enough of all the baby faces.

Other things we did this week included: 

Had a tot school play date with some friends. Henry really enjoyed playing with other kids at tot school. This makes me seriously consider doing a tot school co-op.

Made a "shape" jack 'o' lantern pumpkin. 

Colored on some large moving paper.

Played with chalk.

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Kaysha said…
I love the candy corn game! I hope you can get a new printer soon! I know I just killed the feed system on mine so had to get a new one on Friday. It took me hours on the phone with customer service reps of the different manufacturers to find on that could handle the amount of card stock I use!
Unknown said…
I hope I can still find that candy corn game at Target! He's absolutely adorable. And you blog is too. It's so fresh, bright and inviting!
Samantha said…
I've been considering having a tot school play date too, but the dog holds me back. lol. Hope Henry gets to feeling better this week! Good luck with your move!
Lindsay said…
A tot school co-op seems like an awesome idea. My mom actually started one back when I was a toddler and I still have all of the friends we made back then. :)

LOVE the candy corn thing. I'll have to look for it at Target. Hope everyone is on the mend!
Tanya said…
The Picasso-esque jack-o-lantern is awesome! I love toddler art. I think we just might have to do a shape pumpkin too. :)
SAH Attorney
SAH Attorney said…
I LOVE your tot school posts. I am definitely stealing your shape-o-lantern idea for my daughter. :-)
Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft
What fun activities!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tot School Tuesday!
Nicole @ The Kavanaugh Report
Do you mind sharing which one you chose? We are sort of at a loss about which direction to go in.
Nicole @ The Kavanaugh Report
I had to lock our dogs up when the babies came over. But for an hour it was worth it!
Deb Chitwood
Deb Chitwood said…
Great activities, Nicole! That's a wonderful way to use the candy corn game. Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: