Monday, June 29, 2020

4th of July Printables


As I was prepping trays this week for Tot School, I realized I didn't have as many activities for Archer as I would have liked. I decided to throw a few together and made this 4th of July Learning Pack. It has number tile pages, coin identification, spotting the difference, bottle cap cards, a stamping page and a connecting the pairs page.


You might also be interested in my 4th of July Vocabulary Cards.


Friday, June 26, 2020

Tot School Cross Activities


Archer was 25 Months
We have been working on Shape Themes in Tot School. You can see the Shape Themes "Curriculum" post here. This week was cross.
This is what Archer's desk area looked like. The shelf included a couple Non-Fiction Sight Words books, a Meet the Sight Words book, an alphabet book, an Animal Antics reader, and a blends reader. Since we did service vehicle vocab cards, I also included some service vehicle books.
He has been really into using dot magnets on his little easel for his dot art page (Free to print here).
Using a cross cookie cutter.
Coloring some crosses. He used both Do a Dot Markers and crayons. He made us write in a "teal" (Free to print here). 
Attempting to trace some crosses (Free to print here)
Service vehicle tracing. (Free to print here)
Ambulance shape matching activity. (Free to print here)
Lacing pony beads on a pipe cleaner.
Matching Service Vehicle Vocabulary Cards (Free to print here)
Playroom shelves include both theme related tot school activities and other toys, usually open ended. The goal is to work on things like fine motor skills, visual spacial skills, math and literacy (and keep him entertained). I have been trying to also include one of our toddler games, to get him more used to playing games with us.

The marker board had some Magna-Tile crosses. On top we had Feed the Woozle. The shelves on the left had some lacing cards, math cubes and pattern cards, service vehicle garages and his Design and Drill. Shelves on the right had some sequencing puzzles, a wooden puzzle, a Magna doodle with alphabet magnets, vehicle countersWay To Play roads and a bin of cars with highway shape (from Making Learning Fun).
Feed the Woozle. He doesn't actually play by the rules, but enjoys the activity of feeding it.
Service vehicle lacing. He still needs lots of help. (Free to print here)
Design and Drill. I only got our some of each color bolt, because I have found he does better with this type of toy if he doesn't have ALL the pieces at once. 
Sequencing puzzles. I learned Archer can put the pieces together, but is not yet ready to understand the concept of sequencing.
Magna doodle with alphabet magnets. These poor magnets are very very well loved. He tends to carry them around the house, so we are definitely missing a few. He enjoyed putting them on the Magna Doodle, but also on his magnetic easel.
Vehicle counters were a big hit this week. We did some counting, a little sorting and some pouring.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

River Animal Vocabulary Cards


I've been trying to make more vocabulary cards for Archer, since he learns them so quickly. Here are some river animal cards that I made to go with the River Toob, although you can use them without the toys! You can read about how we use our vocabulary cards and print other cards for free on my Vocabulary Card Page.


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Friday, June 19, 2020

Tot School Diamond Activities


Archer was 24 Months
We have been working on Shape Themes in Tot School. You can see the Shape Themes "Curriculum" post here. This week was diamond (or rhombus).
This is what Archer's desk area looked like. The posters are from The Learning Effect. The shelf included a Non-Fiction Sight Words book, a Meet the Sight Words book, an alphabet book, and a digraph reader. I included some rain forest books and hung up his artwork.
He has been really into using dot magnets on his little easel for his dot art page (Free to print here).
For playdough, I had out a cookie cutter, some fondant cutters, a diamond stamp and a "d" letter stamp (similar to these). The letter stamp was the biggest hit, so I'll have to get those out more often!
Painting a diamond.
Coloring some diamonds with Daddy. He used both Do a Dot Markers and regular markers. He made us write in a "teal" (Free to print here). 
Tracing some diamonds (Free to print here)
Playroom shelves include both theme related tot school activities and other toys, usually open ended. The goal is to work on things like fine motor skills, visual spacial skills, math and literacy (and keep him entertained). I have been trying to also include one of our toddler games, to get him more used to playing games with us.

The white board had some Magna-Tiles made into diamonds. The top had Castle Logix. Shelves on the left had a shape puzzle, some rhyming puzzles, Spike the Hedgehog and cars with highway shape (from Making Learning Fun). Shelves on the right had toddler magnets, a fraction cube, rain forest vocabulary cards and Toob toys, magnetic pattern blocks, counting bears and linking shapes.

He's seen this Castle Logix game a few times in the basement, but never had much interest. This week, he really seemed to enjoy it. He mostly did free building. Sometimes he would try to match pictures, but always on the cards instead of next to them.

He did a lot of free play with the puzzle pieces.


We've had these magnets for a while now, but this week he discovered that they can be used to make letters. Now he is obsessed.
Playing with his fraction cube (Plan Toys)

Just casually matching some rain forest vocabulary cards and the corresponding Toob toys with a monkey hanging from his toe. No biggie.

Magnetic pattern blocks. I've found he does better if I get out a limited number, rather than the entire box. We used them on his little magnetic easel.

I didn't get any action shots, but these little bears got quite a bit of use this week.

Linking shapes. He wore these as bracelets and tossed them about. Here, he's showing me the rectangle.

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