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This week, the little guy and I had fun reading Dinosaurumpus* and doing lots of dinosaur-themed activities.
He loves dinosaurs and it’s absolutely hilarious when he roars. It’s actually more like “rawr.” Lol… Either way, he cracks me up. I love watching him explore the world around him. It’s all kinds of awesome to watch your child learn. It’s crazy to me how excited he gets about the stuff we do and I don’t ever want that spark to disappear. It’s one of the things I love about him. There’s a lot of magic that comes with being able to share those moments with the little guy. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I order us books/games/puzzles from Amazon usually at least once a month. And just about every time I take a box into the studio, he comes over and sits down right in front of it, and then waits for me to open it. He gets so excited to see what’s inside and then of course to open whatever it is and investigate it further.
I’ve been telling everyone for two years now that I can’t get this time back. It’s so true, you know.
The first thing on our agenda for this week was to check out our dinosaur felt board. Isn’t it awesome? We found it at Michael’s last weekend. The little guy was definitely all about it, so we’ll have to do this more often.
I also put together this dinosaur invitation to play. It was definitely a favorite. This is why I keep bringing home Safari Ltd. Toobs for the little guy. This one is the Safari LTD Dinos Toob*. Remember, these dinos are kind of small. You might want to consider looking for some larger dinosaurs if your toddler still puts things into his/her mouth. And yep, we got a dinosaur placemat too. Lol… If you’re curious, we found his placement at Target. We also got a clear plastic tumbler with dinosaurs on it.
It’s always interesting to see his take on our activities. Most of the time, I just let him do his own thing. I really try not to interfere too much.
I recently started looking at Preschool curriculum for him for next year and I’m definitely looking at how hands on things are. These days, we’re doing at least a sensory activity, a creative project, and an open-ended/invitation to play-type activity each week. I mean, he’s 2 (not quite, but you get the idea) and I don’t think I even need to tell you how short his attention span is right now. Lol…
This set of dinosaurs is made from wood. They’re the Roaming Dinosaurs by Hape* I love these! He of course does too. We’re at a point now where he understands what dinosaurs do, so he stomps them around and roars. You should seriously see it.
Here’s a quick peek at our sensory bin for this week. Yep, I dyed rice and these little dinosaurs came home with us from Toys R Us a while back. I like them because they’re somewhat chunky. I used the tutorial for Rainbow Rice from Happy Hooligans. Don’t forget that rice is really small and therefore could be a choking hazard, so use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your toddler. If you have any doubts, don’t do it. And as always, everything we do is of course 100% supervised.
I didn’t originally have the colander in his bin, but he went and got it and put it in there, so… Whatever works, right? He knows where all of his trays and sensory tools are and he usually gets whatever he wants to play with.
I find it absolutely hilarious that if I get out something that’s messy or has lots of loose pieces (blocks, Play-Doh, Safari Ltd. Toobs, etc.), E automatically goes and gets a tray. It cracks me up every.single.time. Love this little guy! He totally gets it. Lol..
And of course the little guy did his dinosaur puzzle. He can seriously do these puzzles in his sleep, but he’s really not ready for jigsaw puzzles yet. We’ve been working together on some more complicated problem-solving games lately. If you’re curious what made our “Tot School” Must-Haves list… You know, what we absolutely can’t live without, you can check it out here.
Next week, I’m thinking that an under the sea theme sounds like lots of fun. After that, we really only have a few weeks left until the little guy’s birthday. I have some things that I’m looking at/considering for next year, so… Definitely check back to see what we’re going to be up to.
If you missed our “Tot School” space post a few weeks ago, you can check it out here.
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