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Today, I want to share with you Little Lady O’s tot tray activities from the previous week. She is now 19 months old and getting more curious every day!
The Set Up
- Pompoms + pill container
- Q-tips + Parmesan cheese container
- Large beads + wooden dowel
- Connect Four
Those pill containers are not only great for pills anymore, they are also perfect to use for fine-motor activities! Add pompoms or your child’s favorite counter, then play open and close, hide n’ seek, learn how to count and whatever else kind of game you can think of.
Little Lady O had lots of fun with this activity. I especially loved how she was so focused in opening and closing each lid to get those pompoms in and out there! As you may notice, mine was labeled with numbers on each lid but it’s totally optional of course, depending on what kind of activity you have in mind. I’ve had this container for years now and have used the same one from when my second son was just a tot.
Dropping Q-tips through the shaker holes of an empty parmesan cheese container is an excellent activity to help tots practice eye-hand coordination. It’s very easy to set up especially because you probably already have both of these materials at home.
Little Lady O enjoyed playing with this activity and actually played with it lots of times through the week. She also figured out that those Q-tips were not only great for her activity but that she can also stick it somewhere else (thanks to her brothers!). By the end of the week, those Q-tips have lived its life and served its purpose! Lol!
Little Lady O loves lacing and threading activities. Last time, I decided to give her pipe cleaners for threading activity but she wasn’t quite ready for it. So this time, I gave her a wooden dowel to thread her large buttons with and that worked way better for her.
I wrapped around a rubber band on one end of the dowel to prevent the beads from falling out and Little Lady O enjoyed threading beads into it. I tried to play sorting colors or shapes with her but she wasn’t interested so I just let her thread to her heart’s content. But if your tot is a little bit older, you can also try introducing patterns to them.
This little girl saw her 2 older brothers playing a game of Connect Four and wanted very much to join them at the time. So I thought I just have to set it up for her as one of her tot trays. And she was so happy to be able to play with it!
Aside from the obvious use of this game, it is also great for sorting activity and eye-hand coordination practice for the young ones.
But my favorite part of the week was catching Little Lady O reading like a big girl! It’s been a while, so I was happy to have captured this photo! She was trying to imitate her older brothers here and also because she just love her books as well.
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