Monday, January 21, 2013

H for Hippo

Xander is 26 Months

We are currently working on our Mommy & Me ABC units.  This week we focused on the letter H and hippos.  Unless otherwise specified, all of the hippopotamus printables are from my Mommy & Me ABC Printables, which are free as we complete them (for a detailed list of all the materials in the printables, check out this post.)

 His white board had some hippopotamus cut outs, some alphabet magnets, his fridge phonics set and a wooden magnet of a hippo (similar to these).  His shelf had some books (Hippopposites, All about H, and Hippopotamus) a fabric H, the hippopotamus from his alphabet zoo, and a few hippos from his toobs.  Above the shelf were some flashcards from 1+1+1=1 and a glow in the dark hippo.

Hippo Number Cards
This tray had the hippo number cards from 0-5 as well as some corresponding number tiles.  I also wrote the quantity for each card in overhead marker on the back so that we could flash through them before matching them up.  He seems to enjoy the activity a lot more since I started flashing first.

Size Sorting
Xander practiced putting the hippos in order by size.  I am happy to say he has finally grasped the concept!

Play Dough
This play dough tray had his letter h dough stamper, a couple h cookie cutters, a hippo cookie cutter, a play dough mat, and some dough.

Magnet Pages
This tray had the magnet page printables and some pom pom magnets.  I gave him two colors of magnets so I could have him put one color on uppercase letters and the other on the lowercase.  He likes doing these on his alphabet storage desk.

Pounding the pom poms.  Not sure why.
Pounding Sight Words
For this tray I wrote some of his sight words on a note card and used masking tape to attach them to his Pound a Peg toy.  Then I would have him hit a particular word.  He LOVED it!

Other Tot School Fun 
Little Reader.  This was the Winter Words Lesson I made (there are also matching vocab cards here).  I don't usually let him click through new lessons on his own, but I wanted to snag a pic.  Usually I turn off the audio and we flash through them as quickly as possible for the first week of a new category.
 We did lots and lots of coloring this week.  I got him some twistable crayons and he now prefers those to normal crayons, even though they are much more of a challenge for him.  I am happy because it is helping him work towards a better grip.
 Having to clean up after getting a little too enthusiastic with the markers.
 Stacking pegs in his alphabet pegboard h.
For more hippo ideas, check out my Hippo Pinterest Board

Tot School


  1. Thanks for all the resources! My daughter loves a book about hippos, so we're trying some hippo activities this week.

    Just as a quick heads up, on your Hippo Printables 2.pdf, there's a three-part puzzle with the letters G/g on it. That's probably a typo ;)

    1. Thanks Tina! I hope your daughter enjoys the hippo activities. I fixed the puzzle on the pdf, thanks for pointing it out!


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