Hi there! Welcome to How to Homeschool your Tot series!
This idea started out because I needed to do something to keep my 15 month old daughter busy while me and the big boys homeschool in the morning.
There are no specific plans. I just set up random various activities that she might like while keeping in mind of things that will allow her to learn and develop through play and free exploration.
Little lady O is 15 1/2 months old and we are already in week 7 but I’ll be sharing that with you next week. Today I wanted to show you what we did the last week. So come on in and take a peek at our tot school!
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The Set Up
- plastic golf balls + empty container
- wooden slotted clothespins + a cup
- empty plastic containers with lids
- bowl and wooden spoon
Her first pick was the bowl and spoon. I filled it with her play foods and she loved the idea of mixing the “food” inside the bowl. When she had had enough, she dumped the whole thing out and proceeded to play “drum” with her bowl and spoon. Hmmm, she didn’t really get a chance to play it that way for long before I switched out the metal bowl for a plastic one. Lol!
Next, we tried the wooden slotted clothespins and the cup. I set it up with the clothespins pushed through all around the lip of the cup. My intention was to show her how to pull the clothespins out and then put it back. Well, she got the pulling out part but not the putting it back! We worked on this activity quite a few times throughout the week to see if I can get her to try to push the clothes pin through the lip of the cup but it didn’t happen. She did pull all the clothespins out though every time which is great because she is showing me what she can do and what she is not ready to do. And that’s the whole idea!
Moving on to the next activity, empty containers with lids. This little girl loved opening containers she wasn’t supposed to. So the whole idea of this activity was to give her the opportunity to practice opening and closing of the containers “that she was actually allowed to do”on her own. However she fell in love with 1 particular container (Can you guess which one?) and so the rest just kind of sit there in the basket. I grabbed the other containers and showed her other possibilities but she really didn’t care for the others as much as she did the empty spice container.
Next, was drop the balls in the container. In this week, this particular activity was the “it”! This was the activity of the week that I thought she was going to love for sure but nope, not this time! There always seemed to be one amongst the activities I pick for her for the week. Ahh, we’re both learning!
Other activities she did this week…
We have a set of candy construction that I pulled out and set up for my kindergartener originally. I use it as an incentive to get him motivated with his studies but this girl loved helping herself out and as it turned out she really loved this toy set! So I took advantage and put together a couple of pieces from the toy set to make some sort of pole that was standing straight up (hope that makes sense). Then I invited her to try to thread some large toy candy pieces into it and it was a hit!
Then I caught her again, reading like a big girl!
We also have a set of magnetic drawing board with all these cute farm animals and I pulled it out for her to play with. This set of toy is a good example of a “cause and effect” type of activity. I showed her how the pieces stick to the board and then she copied and worked on sticking every last piece onto the board. She enjoyed playing with this for a bit.
And here are little lady O’s own explorations and discoveries… I just love it when I see her get busy on her own!
It’s your turn! What do you like to do with your tot to help them learn while having fun doing it? Please share below!
Until next time!
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