This week on our tot school we celebrated the upcoming Valentines day with different Valentine themed activities.
We are week 16 of How to Homeschool your Tot and Little Lady O is 18.5 months old.
And despite of the fact that she doesn’t have many words in her vocabulary yet (according to her nurse from our last visit, children her age should be saying at least 8 words or more and she has maybe 5), we have witnessed so much growth and maturity in her. She’s definitely more interactive with the whole family, even with people she barely knows! She’s learning so much so fast that I’m sure before we know it, she’ll be all grown up! I’m not sure if I’m ready for that yet!
Last week, I shared with you different Valentine themed tot trays that I had prepared for Little Lady O. This time I am going to share with you Little Lady O in action. So sit tight and keep on reading! 🙂
The Set Up
- Threading button hearts
- Sorting mini heart erasers
- Valentine coins
- Valentine straws
Because I only have 4 shelves available for our tot trays at a time, that was all the number of trays I’ve set up for her when we started the week. Then as we moved along in the week and her interest wanes, I switched up her trays to the extra activities we still have to explore.
Little Lady O loves threading and lacing activities and she does good with it too. Her eye-hand coordination and fine-motor skills have definitely improved over the last months. However, in this particular activity, I’d chose pipe cleaners for her to thread the heart buttons into! I think that was a bit ambitious of me! Lol! Because the pipe cleaner bends so easily, she had a difficult time threading the buttons through it. Oh my poor girl! She tried hard! She really did!
And so she gave up and decided to invent a different activity of her own using her heart buttons. Pretty clever! She used the clear bottle container from another tray and proceeded to play button drop with those. Not a total waste, Yay!
Then she decided she had enough of the buttons and moved on to try another tot tray. She picked the sorting mini heart erasers. This girl loves any transfer activity using a spoon of some sort! And her attention to details to some things has improved amazingly! So she had no problem sorting the mini heart erasers into 2 containers on her own.
Next up, was the Valentine coins. Perfect for more eye-hand coordination practice!
Then time to play drop the Valentine straws into the clear bottle container. She also loved playing “pretend drinking” with the straw in the bottle. She loved it so much that by the end of the week, she had every single straw chewed off! Lol! So much for the idea of saving the straws for next year!
More Valentine tot tray activities:
- Sorting Valentine stickers into big or small
- Matching mini Valentine cards
- Pompoms + melon baller + Valentine themed silicone mold
Towards the end of the week, she was mostly played out of her tot trays that only her most favorite activities were the ones she usually asked for to play with. And since I only planned to do a week of Valentines themed activities, but I had some more Valentines tot trays prepared, it was time to rotate her trays!
Moving on, to the heart stickers! I had a very simple plan with this activity. When I saw the heart stickers from my stash, I thought it’d be a perfect opportunity for Little Lady O to do some more fine-motor practice. I had planned to show her how to peel the paper off the back of each heart stickers and stick it to the blank paper. Well, I did that but she never even noticed it! She was too focused at those stickers in her own way. She checked them out first and then proceeded to pick each one up, laid them out on the paper, then collect them back up. And remember the part where I showed her how to play with the stickers? I had one heart sticker stuck on the paper already so she got a little worked up when she couldn’t pull it out of the paper! Lol! So I took it off for her.
Then we re-started the activity, but this time she gave me the idea of sorting the heart stickers into “big or small piles” instead since I noticed that there were 2 different sizes of hearts. I grabbed our marker and drew a line down the middle of the paper, wrote big on one side and small on the other.
I showed her which heart stickers are big and which ones are small, then we played sorting into big or small, which she did a great job of!
Next, she played with the red pompoms for 1:1 activity. Scooping each pompom up one by one and transferring them into the heart silicone mold.
Lastly, we played matching pictures with the mini Valentine cards. There were 6 different images and 2 of each kind which gave us a total of 12 mini Valentine cards that were perfect for a matching game. I pulled out our table top pocket chart and set it up. I put one set of cards down on one side and spread the other set out on the tray. Then, we played matching pictures. We started by me showing her how to do it then she tried to copy. At first she was only interested in putting each card on the pocket chart but the more we played it the more she was getting the idea. And then it happened, one day she asked to play it, then she surprised me by being able to match the correct pictures on her own! You can imagine how excited I was! 🙂
Those mini Valentine cards weren’t only great for matching activity. We got the “scratch and sniff” kind so they were also perfect for teaching her how to use her sense of smell. And sniff she did! Mmmm! They actually smelled good!
That’s it for our Valentines theme week in our tot school! I hope you enjoyed reading it!
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