Tot School - 28 months
We've had a delightful learning week with a visit to the farm to feed the animals, a play date with friends, and lots of gardening outside. The favorite activity of the week - you'd never guess! We call it
I love that it teaches sequencing, number sense, shapes, vocabulary, and allows for developing fine motor skills! What I might say to my 2 year old is in italicized!
1. Roll a ball
"Let's roll a small green ball."
2. Roll another ball and count how many you have.
"Do you have 3 balls?" "Not yet, we need one more!"
3. Roll another ball and count how many you have. (touch each ball as you count)
"1, 2, 3, ...Do you have 3 balls? - YES!!! It's time to SMASH A SHAMROCK!"
4. Smash the balls with the palm of your hands and make a shamrock.
"Ha, ha, ha. That was fun, do you want to make another shamrock? Yes? What will we need to do?"
(He wanted to make shamrock after shamrock after shamrock - I got bored way before he did!)
Teaching toddlers really doesn't require any fancy equipment. We really had a blast this week with just the simple tools of paper, crayons, play dough, and balloons (only use with adult supervision) We (I put we because I play too!) played "Keep the balloon high," a game where we just hit the balloon high up. When the balloon touches the ground, we say "too low," and throw it back up! Then we played catch and balloon basket ball with the laundry basket as our hoop. Keeping in the spirit of the holiday this weekend, we used a green balloon!
And last, but not least, I was so inspired by Kim's eat the rainbow post that I cut up a bunch of fruit and put it in a small bowl. I gave pretty little plates to my kids and had them make their own personal rainbows. We topped it off with a cloud of whipped cream. The kids were on cloud nine! They thought this was a great snack!