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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.
This was a light week for us. Here’s what we’ve been up to.
We (and by we, what I really mean is me) put together a few of our preschool puzzles. One after another, he handed them to me and that’s his way of saying “Mama, build.” I used it as an opportunity to teach him about letters and numbers. He would hand me a piece and I would tell him what it was – what letter or number was on that particular piece or what the picture or word was. He loved it. He literally sat with me and “helped” while I built each and every one of these puzzles.
We also made a special trip to Ikea this week with grandma and grandpa and the little guy got an Ikea Latt table and chairs, so we set up all of his art supplies and he decided to test it out while playing with Play-Doh. The translucent Smula trays from Ikea are amazing for messy projects.
I grabbed these critter counters from the Target dollar spot and we spent some time counting and sorting them. These are really small, so of course I was sitting with him while he was playing with them hence why there are no pictures.
And of course we did our weekly sensory activity. This week’s theme was under the sea. Isn’t it awesome? The little guy loved this. There was colored aquarium gravel all over the studio floor when he was finished. If you missed the post about our rainbow sensory bins, you can find it here. I took the time to create premade sensory bins, so there’s minimal prep and all the hard work is already done.
Isn’t this adorable? I played with him for a while too. Lol… Remember, some of these pieces are kind of small, so use your best judgement if your toddler still puts things into his/her mouth. We used our Safari Ltd Ocean TOOB* and our Edushape Translucent Activity Tub* along with some aquarium gravel and a few of our sensory tools. I’m working on a post for later this week about how we organize all of our sensory materials and tools, so if that’s something you’re interested in, definitely keep an eye out for it.
If you missed our “Tot School” space post a few weeks ago, you can check it out here.
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Thanks so much for visiting. See ya next week!
This post was linked up with Tot School Gathering Place Week 164.