May 13, 2012

Tot School - Tinkering Around (Robot Theme)

*JM is currently 37 months old*

Our themes for the week were Letter D and Tinkering Around.

Tot School

Here is a glance at JM's Tot Trays for the week.

This week JZ had a vowel practice booklet in one of his drawers.  Since JM likes to do whatever his big brother is doing I put a pre-writing booklet on one of his trays.  The printout is from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  I laminated the sheets before cutting, so he could trace using a dry erase marker.  After erasing JM's lines at the end of the week I punched a hole in each page and connected them with metal book rings for storage.

I put this printout from 1+1+1=1 in a sheet protector .  Using Do-A-Dot markers JM found all the letter D's.  Do-A-Dots rub clean with a wet wipe.

For a long time playdough was something JM played with daily.  Lately it hasn't been something he reaches for.  I thought it would be fun to mix it up a bit.  I put Play-Doh, toothpicks and glass gems on one of his trays, so he could poke and smoosh things into the dough.

"Mommy, want a taste of my ice cream?"

We made a few robots.  (They look a bit more like aliens than robots.)

JZ joined in the fun after completing the work in his drawers.

JM loved changing clothes on this Melissa and Doug Magnetic Pretend Play - Jack.  For the first time since we got the set, he wanted to follow the pictures on the back and dress the boy in each pictured outfit.  I enjoyed watching the wheels in his head turn as he found the correct pieces to put together.

He made the letter D with letter builders.

He thought it was hilarious to put the trucks in the wrong spaces and say, "I did it!"  Each time he giggled uncontrollably.

I've put this tray out many times before, and it's always a favorite.

I cut a small opening in the lid of a plastic container, and JM put craft sticks in the opening one at a time.  This is a simple exercise for developing fine motor skills.

JM Do-A-Dot colored capital and lowercase D's on this sheet from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Not pictured:  He laced the lowercase d with Lauri Toys Lace and Link Letters.  He pulled down the tray with the alphabet maze from 1+1+1=1, but he promptly put it away.

To see more fun we had this week click the link under each photo:

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