Xander is 18 Months
These are the trays from last week, so they happened during our Triangle Week and our Musical Instrument Theme. I try to have the trays link in when I can, but don't feel constrained by making them fit. I don't intend the trays to be done independently, but rather scaffolded by me.
As I mentioned in this week's Tot School Post, the first tray had a bin of musical instruments to go with our theme. The bin included maracas, egg shakers, tambourines, jingle bells, a toy drum, a lollipop drum, a xylophone, a triangle, baby instruments, Leap Frog Maracas, and a bunch of homemade shakers. I didn't always love having them tossed about the room, but I am happy Xander enjoyed playing with the different sounds.
This tray had three animals and their corresponding frames from the Who Lives Here? game. Xander isn't actually ready for the game yet, but I thought I would let him try to match them up. I also included note cards to get in a bit more reading exposure. He did a good job lining matching them up, but struggled to get the animals into the frames. You really have to have them lined up perfectly or they won't go down in. Also, by the end of the week I could show him a note card and he would say the animal name, or at least his pronunciation of the animal name. He loved this try and wanted to do it again and again.
In sticking with the shapes theme, this tray had the Elmo Mailbox Sorter. He knows most of the shapes and can point to the right holes, but didn't always line them up well enough to get them in. He had it out frequently though, meaning I had shapes all over the room throughout the week.
Puzzle of the Week:
For one of his trays I always try to do a puzzle. This week we did another one of the Beginner Pattern Block Puzzles. They are just so perfect for the shapes themes and he is getting so good at doing them on his own. We talk about the shapes and their colors while he puts them in. From time to time he still gets a bit frustrated with the triangles when they aren't oriented properly.