Thursday, February 27, 2020

Winter Themed Tot School Activities

Since (I'm hoping) winter is about over, we decided to squeeze in a winter tot school theme.
This was his desk area. I found the poster in an old magazine and hung some of his artwork on the wall. The shelf has a bunch of winter books.
The winter sensory bin had Epsom salt as a base. Then I threw in a bunch of acrylic snowflakes (scatter from Hobby Lobby) and some blue gems. We got out the animals from his arctic toob and buried them in the "snow."
Winter stickers. I am trying not to buy new stickers, since they just end up in a landfill. These I already had, so might as well use.
Play dough for this week included some snowflake cutters (clay cutters from Hobby Lobby) and some cookie stamps. I forgot to get some action shots.
These were the playroom shelves. Not every activity was winter related. I had First Orchard on top, since we're making a more concerted effort to play games.  There was a basket of Daniel Tiger toys, a golf tee game and our mitten matching game (free here). The next shelf had some number cards and snowballs. Top right was a wooden puzzle and some 2-part puzzles. Then a snowman stuffing activity, shape cupcakes (stayed out from last week since he was playing with them so much), the arctic toob and matching vocabulary cards, farm blocks and a basket of vehicles.
Playing First Orchard with Xander. He seems to understand games better if someone else plays with him and I can just focus on helping him with his turn.
We used MagnaTiles to build a "house" for his Daniel Tiger characters.
Simple game I picked up years ago for a dollar.  Archer loved putting all the pegs in.
I made cards with dots 0-10 and set out some snowflakes to put on the dots. He didn't do all the numbers, but he did several throughout the week. He particularly liked looking through all the cards and saying the numbers.
Shoveling snowballs. Last year we got these awesome "crunchy" snowballs and I cleaned off Xander's old kids shovel. I think this was the biggest hit of the week.  The kid walked around with the shovel all the time. He did need to push the snowballs up against a wall or something to be able to pick them up with the shovel, though.
Matching arctic toob animals. There are also words which we did after the picture was taken.  You can print the cards here.
2-Part Puzzles
Fill up the snowman. We got out several tweezers, but fingers ended up being the easiest.
Playing with farm blocks.

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