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If you missed the first few posts in our Tot School Days series, you can find them here. I also spent some time putting together a list of our “Tot School” must-haves. These are the things that we absolutely can’t live without.
Things are finally getting back to business as usual around here. The little guy and I had such an exciting week. After being stuck in the house last week because we were both sick, it was so nice to get out some. We also had a few warmish days too.
So what have we been up to this week? Our calendar activities are still a favorite. Not surprising, I’m sure. I still can’t get over how much he loves to do this each day.
The little guy has also taken an interest in his body, so we’ve been working on identifying basic body parts. I ask him where his hair is or where his ears or nose are and he points to them. He also knows where his belly and his toes are.
We did quite a bit of shopping this week. Like I said, we really needed to get out of the house for a while, so we went to Target, Michael’s, and Toy ‘R Us. I’ve been sharing some of the awesome stuff we found on Instagram, so you’ll definitely want to follow me there if you haven’t already.
I thought it’d be fun to take a field trip to the pet store. The little guy has never been to one. I wanted him to meet some pets other than dogs. He definitely knows what a dog is. Lol… We have two of them. Today, he met a cat, some fish, and a few birds as well.
We put together this adorable little duck pond invitation to play activity and he had a blast with it. I found these awesome little trays earlier in the week at Target and thought they’d perfect for this kind of thing. We used the Play-Doh and tools from his Play-Doh Starter Set* for this activity.
I gave him blue Play-Doh, but apparently he wanted green too. Lol… I love watching him explore open-ended activities like this.
These toddler pattern cards from Melissa & Doug are absolutely amazing. We found them at Toys ‘R Us and they’re recommended for ages 2+. These Melissa & Doug Beginner Pattern Blocks* are very similar, but I think the designs may be slightly different.
We also put together a bug catchin’ sensory bin. He loved it. I filled his bin with crinkled paper that I found in the holiday section as well as the bugs from our Safari Ltd Insects TOOB* (some of these pieces are kind of small, so use your best judgement if your toddler still puts things into his/her mouth) and tossed in his colander and a spoon so he had something to catch them with. Needless to say, he was all over this.
Doesn’t this look like fun? And yep, I was totally down on my hands and knees playing with it too. Lol… I actually put together more than a half-dozen simple sensory bins, which I’ll be sharing some time really soon.
I’m definitely loving all of the fun sensory activities we’ve been doing lately. As messy as some of them are, they’re totally worth it. Besides, that’s why we have a vacuum. Lol… I can’t say enough good things about our Edushape Translucent Activity Tub*. I love this thing and it was of course money well-spent.
If you missed our “Tot School” space post a few weeks ago, you can check it out here.
Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!
Thanks so much for visiting. See ya next week!
This post was linked up with Tot School Gathering Place Week 163.