Hi there! Welcome to week 7 of 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 her 2 big brothers homeschool in the morning.
At the moment, 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 these are the activities that kept her busy last week.
Week 7 was a Halloween theme week.
The Set Up
- Catch the ghosts!
- Stacking Halloween Cups
- Scoop the eyeballs
- Halloween Stamping
The first activity she picked was catch the ghosts. As the name of the activity implies, the objective was for her to “catch the ghosts” and trap them inside the bottle for some fine motor skills practice and cause and effect. She played with it for a little bit and then moved on to something else.
Next was stacking the halloween cups. Well, it was supposed to be a stacking activity but she went for the obvious use of the cup! She made me laugh! Guess she wanted to play pretend instead of stacking!
Then she moved on to scoop the eyeballs and had tons of fun with it. This was her favorite activity for the week. I loved the fact that we were able to put the Mcdonald’s bucket that came with the happy meal to good use! And as you can see she is getting good with the transferring activity too! So proud of her!
Then of course we had to do some coloring practice because she loves to do what her brothers are doing. We only have 2 small chairs so she had to kick one of her brothers out that way she can sit at the school table with them! Lol!
I don’t have a photo of her playing with the stamping activity because she wasn’t really interested in it. I showed her how it was done but she was more interested in taking the stamps apart and squeezing the stamp pad. Yeah, it was pretty messy! Guess it was a bit too early for this activity. You see, I’m learning too!
Other activities she did…
We have a Melissa & Doug wooden blocks set and a couple wooden puzzles, Guidecraft primary puzzle – boat & Guidecraft primary puzzle – train that I set up for the boys but she also enjoyed playing with those. In the picture below, Mr. S was trying to help her put together the boat puzzle. She hasn’t quite got the concept of putting the puzzle pieces together just yet but it’s still a great opportunity to get her exposed to it. And these wooden puzzle blocks are just the perfect size for easy grasping with her tiny little hands.
Last but not the least, here are some photos of little lady O exploring our Halloween sensory bin and Halloween sensory bag.
I love watching her try to put things inside the mini pumpkin containers. It’s a great way for her to learn what fits and what doesn’t fit inside it. She also loved the Halloween finger puppets and even tried to put one into her teeny tiny finger!
What fun things do you do with your little ones to help them learn and develop into curious little explorers?
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