Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tot School: A is for Animal

Tot School

Charger is 29 months, Mini Cooper is 7 months

After a couple weeks off {yep that's normal around here and I am just starting to accept it}, We had great week here this week! The weather was amazing so we spent a lot of time outside, but we did do a few things inside too.

A is for Alligator, so we made the ever popular and SUPER cute alligator from No Time for Flash Cards (thanks Jolanthe for the link). This picture makes me laugh, as it is so much like the picture Jolanthe has on her site. Must be the way little boys show off their alligators :).

A is for Animals. I pulled out our Little Tikes 3-D Farm Animal Match up, a thrift store find from last fall.

The point of the game is to hide the heads and hineys of the animals under haystacks and then play a memory game to find them. We didnt play the game, I just let Charger have fun putting the animals together. First, he put them all together with their correct matches. Then, he pulled them apart and put them together with what ever animal he wanted. I would come up with names for the animals using part of each of the animal words. His favorite was our Chicken/Duck, or Chuck. We love Chuck {the show} around here!

Charger also played with our new animal play sets. A horse, lion, and pig all in the same cage-now that could get interesting! He spent a long time with these.

Using the new Viking Toys Chubbies Charger got for Easter, he sorted them by color. And, I know for sure I got this idea from another Tot School mommy, but I checked the blog where I thought I got this and didnt find it. If it was you PLEASE tell me! I want to give you credit.

A is for Ant. I printed and laminated this ant shape matching game from Confessions of a Homeschooler. He looked at it, proudly matched ONE ant, and then said 'I'm done, Mommy. No more.' *sigh*

What he wanted was to play with our T sound box. Each week, I have been putting out a box with activities based on our letter of the week. These have been for Mustang, or so I thought. I bring out the letter for the previous week, too, so while Mustang was working on A, Charger dove into the T box. I was amazed at how well he did with the activities in the box!

He matched lowercase and uppercase T's from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

And matched T puzzles from Alphabet Avenue.

He mostly wanted to play with the T box objects, particularly the toaster.

The next day he begged to play with the A box, too. {post on the A box coming later this week}

Tiny Tot Play

Mini Cooper played with {er um ate} our Melissa and Doug Farm Puzzle.

She is also starting to pull up on things, which makes life {and school} interesting!

And this week, Mini has started to really play with toys. She crawls over and takes whatever it is that she wants to play with and will start to yell and fuss if a toy she wants has been taken away. This is trying Charger's patience a lot. So, I purposely gave them a school toy to share.

It is our 'new' Ikea stacker that neither one had seen prior to this activity. I bought it at a yard sale prior to CHARGER's birth. Somehow, it got lost in a box and I found it last week. I would have saved it for a birthday, but was afraid it would get lost again.

We took lots of Nature Walks this week, which I will be writing about soon. But, I wanted to share this picture. My favorite for the week!

To see what other's did at their Tot School this week, check out 1+1+1=1. God Bless!!


Char said...

Cute Alligator activity. I also like the 3-d animal match game. I will keep my eyes open for it. I think my daughter would like a game like that.

sbswtp said...

Looks like a fun week :)

Anonymous said...

What a fun week! I just love that last picture and the one of Mini Cooper eating the puzzle :-)

Mari-Ann said...

What a fantastic week - you did so many fun things! We love those Viking toys, too - they roll so well, don't you think? Beautiful picture at the end, too.

Adriana said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Great animal activities. I love finding other great homeschooling blogs.

Sherry and Donna said...

What a wonderful week of play you all had! Love the 3 D matching game ... so versatile, educational and fun!
Donna :) :)

Susan said...

Those animals look like fun. Your little one is getting to be such a big girl!

Giggly Girls said...

What a great week! Those chubby animals are so cute!

I had to LOL at your son and the ant matching. That is very similar to my tot only we throw a party if she actually does match one. She either refuses entirely or insists on matching them all wrong. LOL

Jolly Green Mommy said...

That farm animal match up looks like a great way to play and learn. I might have to go look for that one!

I think we're going to do farm sometime in the next couple weeks, I love the little set up you made!

Looks like Mini Cooper had a great week too!

CristyLynn said...

Great idea to have them share a toy on purpose, and that one had lots of parts, which could be helpful. I'll have to remember that!

I'm so thankful to hear you say "after a couple weeks off, which is normal for us..." Thanks for making that sound all right. I struggle with wanting to pack everything in every week, but with our family's schedule, and other unforeseen happenings, it just isn't possible, and our little man doesn't really enjoy it as much, either. I'm learning to relax and take opportunities as they come rather than force them, which is what I was trying to do. Anyway, sorry so long, but wanted to say thank you!

melaniet42 said...

What a fantastic week! I love the color matching game!!

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Hi! I love your website. I host a link up party called TOT TUESDAYS every Tuesday where people share their recipes, crafts and activities for toddlers. I’ve also currently got a giveaway for a Mother Earth scarf at the moment. I hope you’ll stop by: