Hello there! Welcome to Week 10 & 11 of How to Homeschool your Tot series!
How to Homeschool your Tot series started because I needed to do something to keep my tiny tot busy while me and her big brothers homeschool in the morning. What used to be just a “spur of the moment” action on that first week of being back to homeschool became a weekly “must do” for me. And since I go through the effort of looking up ideas and setting up activities for my 16 month old daughter every week, I thought why not share it with you all. Just in case you are looking to do the same thing with your toddler. I hope you are getting inspired yet!
With Christmas coming near, my mind these days are all over the place. There is just so much to do! I’m sure you all can relate to that! Hence, the 2 weeks back to back of the same tot tray activities for my daughter. Luckily, she loved the activities I picked and set up for her this past 2 weeks, well…except for one, the foam blocks.
So without much further ado, here is the set up for our Tot trays for weeks 10 & 11.
The Set Up
- pipe cleaners + empty plastic bottle
- alphabet soup bowl
- tiny square fabric samples + an old wipes-on-the-go container
- foam blocks
Our own set up of alphabet soup bowl was a huge hit (grins)! You can actually buy an alphabet soup bowl activity from a store (I can’t remember which one from the top of my head). But that’s where I got this idea. We have a set of lowercase alphabet lacing letters, then I added 2 bowls + a plastic spoon and voila! An instant alphabet soup bowl!
She played a transfer activity using a plastic spoon to practice eye-hand coordination and improve her focus. She really loved the lacing alphabet letters and have played with it a few different ways. Including a drop activity with the empty plastic bottle (from #1 tot tray) and threading the letters into the pipe cleaner, which really amazed me (photo below)!
One of her big brothers showed her how to thread the alphabet lacing letters into the pipe cleaner and she picked up on it like nothing! She continues to surprise me, this one! 🙂
I got the idea of material pull box from The Imagination Tree. It basically consists of scraps of fabrics (different textures if you have it) and your extra baby wipes container that you have just sitting around. She really loved this activity because she has been wanting to play with my baby wipes container every time she sees me using it. So, when I stumbled upon this idea through pinterest, I thought it’s the perfect activity! I knew that she is going to love it and she did! The look on her face when she saw it sitting on her shelf was priceless! 🙂
In and out, in and out, she played with it every single day! She walked around the house packing it with her. And when I have it put away, she asked for it. I was really pleased with this activity!
She didn’t really fancied the foam blocks activity. All she wanted from that activity was the container holding the foam blocks! (Lol!) She dumped the whole thing out, sit on the container, then proceeded to read her book in it.
Then she played drop activity with the pipe cleaners and empty bottle. An activity that never gets tiring to a baby! Very easy and simple to set up so it makes for a great activity for toddlers.
A new milestone….
Yup! Our tiny tot reached a new milestone! Climbing! Guaranteed to make you cringe and hold your breathe every time she does it! She can climb our couch in the living room and our dining chairs now. So the idea of the boys doing their homeschool work on our dining table is over! Now we have to bring her activities to the table and let her join the boys or set her up something different to keep her entertained a little longer at a time.
In this photo, her big brother was learning about Canadian coins for his activity, and of course she wanted to be a part of it too! So I gave her a container with a slit cut on the lid and a few play (money) coins and she played drop the coins with it.
And that’s the summary of our 2 weeks of tot school. I hope you enjoyed reading this post.
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