We had another great week at tot school! This week was letter S week. It was perfect timing with all of the Santa Claus and snowmen and snowflakes that come along with Christmas cheer, so Ethan had a pretty exciting week.
THIS WEEK IN TOT SCHOOL...
Strawberry Counting Activity
Ethan and I had gone strawberry picking a few days prior so he was pretty excited about this one. Nothing like picking your own strawberries to make them suddenly super exciting and the number one preferred snack food. The point of this one was to notice the number written on each strawberry and count out the correct number of seeds. He's still getting a grasp on recognizing the numbers themselves but with my help, he was able to count out the correct number of seeds for each strawberry. He was pretty excited about this tray in the beginning but towards the end of the week he didn't really use it much.
Star Size Sorting
I was fairly certain we had done this before, and that would have been correct -- we did star size sorting back in yellow week when Ethan was 18 months old. He was relatively uninterested in this tray and only used it once for the duration of the week.
Sponge & Sticks Open Ended Imagination Tray
This one was one of the biggest hits of the week. Ethan absolutely loved it. I sliced up a couple different types of sponges and put down a couple different types of sticks. Ethan could use this tray however he wanted and it was so awesome to see what he came up with using his imagination!
A gingerbread house!
Santa Snowman Tic Tac Toe
I found this at the dollar store by accident and thought it was a fun holiday themed fine motor activity. We tried playing it like tic tac toe but mostly Ethan just liked putting the pegs into the holes. We couldn't tell if the white ones were Santa or Snowmen or Santa Snowman, so we went with the latter. It was a fun little activity!
Ethan is usually into the tracing trays but he had no interest in this one this week. The point was to trace the stripes onto the stingray following the dotted lines. He never touched this tray once!
S Themed Discovery Bin
I threw this one together really quickly not thinking much of it, but Ethan really had fun with it. There were some salt shakers, some snakes, sunglasses, a stegasaurus, a Spiderman figurine and some seashells.
Salt Transferring & Color Matching
This tray was another hit of the week! I colored some salt and painted the wells in an egg carton the corresponding colors. I gave Ethan a 1/8 teaspoon spoon to transfer the salt into the wells of the matching color. He absolutely loved it! After a good run, he then he had fun mixing all of the colors and seeing what he could make with his colored salt.
And, of course, this weeks magnet board!
We used some guinea pig hay and some old too-small clothes to make a scarecrow!
My dad gave us a couple of big boat sponges and Ethan had fun making a big sponge painting!
We used this recipe for Borax-free slime dough. It was awesome!
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