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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