We are back to How to homeschool your tot! Wow! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
If you have been following us for a while now then you are familiar with our How to homeschool your tot series. If not, that’s okay too.
How to homeschool your tot started because I needed a way to keep our tiny tot busy while me and her 2 older brothers homeschool in the morning.
To be honest, this idea worked out great when we were first starting out. However, as she gets older, the more she’s discovering she can do more, the more she’s becoming too curious and our tot tray activities are starting to become a hit or miss. She still gets excited and happy to see them. She still plays with them but it doesn’t hold her attention as long as I hope it would. There is always something new and interesting that catches her attention on a day-to-day basis. And that’s great!
Now, our tot trays is a part of our daily homeschool, even the boys think so too! They started helping out in coming up with new ideas for their little sister’s tot trays. They even try to come up with a name to call it. And as the new week comes they can’t wait to see their little sister’s reaction to the activities they’ve chosen for her. Hoping that the activities they’ve picked and suggested will become her new favorite activity for the week. Let me tell you, it makes me smile!
Anyhow, these were the activities we set up for her last week. We are week 14 and Little Lady O is now 18 months old.
The Set Up
- Ribbon Pulling
- Lacing large beads
- Magic magnet (idea and name courtesy of Mr. M)
- Sorting bear counters
Little Lady O loves our bear counters that’s why I decided to set up an activity using it. And as much as our older son wished that her little sister would pick his chosen activity for her, sorting bear counters was her favorite this week.
Little Lady O is growing up right before our eyes. The things she’s starting to learn and do amazes us everyday. When we did the sorting of bears, I showed her and then asked her to sort the bears into yellow or blue. And she did just that with a occasional “there” from her! Oh it was the cutest thing ever! Yes she’s starting to say a few words and it’s so cute to listen to her!
Next up was the Magic magnet. Big bro (Mr. M) had to step in and show her how this magic magnet thing works. We had our horseshoe magnet set up and a basket full of metallic and non metallic things which I call “treasure basket”. Unfortunately, she wasn’t interested in the idea of how the magnet works. She was more interested in the contents of the “treasure basket”! Nevertheless, she enjoyed exploring the little basket of “treasures”. And even though Mr. M’s heart sank a little, I assured him that her little sissy had fun with the activity he chose for her and that I was grateful for his contribution.
I’d pulled out our large lacing beads in the early weeks of our tot schooling and set it up as a sorting game for her. This time, I included the string that came with it and see how she would play with it. She has tried lacing before with a stiffer lacing material such as a straw, pipe cleaners, and a plastic toy stick of some sort but not with a string yet. Well, she tried it eagerly. However the large beads were more difficult to string because the inside is hollow. So she has to line up her string from one hole of the bead to the next which is a little more difficult task to accomplish at her age. So big bro (Mr. S) strung the beads for her and showed her how she can run around and pull it behind her like a snake. And they had fun doing that instead.
I found the idea of ribbon pulling from the Imagination Tree. I thought it would be a fun activity and one that Little Lady O will love. So I had to make one for her. A bit of advice though, if you decide to try to make one for your child, use a container with a wider mouth. (Yep! I learned my lesson the hard way! Lol!)
To show you how much Little Lady O love our bear counters. Here she is, playing with it some more. I gave her a spoon since I know how much she loves transfer activities and sometimes even play “pretend eating” with her spoon. Oh my little girl!
And that was our tot school week!
If you have any comments, ideas or suggestions for more fun activities for the little ones, I am all ears (or eyes)! I am always looking for more ideas. So leave me a comment down below.
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