Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Toddler Tuesdays: Part 2
Welcome Back to Toddler Tuesdays. My son's Pre-pre-school. These are the books we are looking at right now. See the one in the middle? We used that for inspiration for our first activity.
I'm not overly fond of plastic toys, but I make an exception for legos (when Panda is older) and Papo and Schleich figures. We pulled out all our winter animals and the light box. I scooped some flour onto the Light Box we made and showed Panda how to make animal tracks in the "snow" just like in the book. He loves this activity. Things got a bit messy. Next time I will put a sheet down and NOT do this over the heat vent.. Ooops.
Of course we go for nature walks; this week gathering fallen pine branches as we go (with gloves on).
When we got home yesterday I put tape around the pine branch "paint brush " to make a handle (I can't touch the sap for allergy reasons, but Panda seemed to do ok)...
And made some art!
Every day this week we will be doing a different type of painting exercise. They will be used as Christmas Cards. Here are some other neat ideas I found on Pinterest:
From Surviving a Teachers Salary: Snowflake stamping with a soda bottle
From Living with Four Hobbits and a Giant: Painting snowflakes with pine needles.
Beneath the Rowan Tree.: Fingerprint Christmas Lights
Once we cleaned up we started working those fine motor skills dropping our clothes peg people into a jug
And pinning matching felt mittens together on a "Clothes line". Working the tiny clothes pins is a new and challenging experience for Panda. We work on colors and matching with this activity as well. He LOVES this one! When we are done I plan on making a fun garland with the mittens.
And in the evening we calm down with sensory activities. I opted for a tray this week instead of a full table. It is filled with rice, blocks covered in tinfoil, tiny pine-cones, a spoon that looks like a shovel (buried), and felt penguins. I posted the pattern for the penguins yesterday if you are interested in making some for yourself. Thank you for joining us again. Please let us know what you are doing in your home and leave a link in the comment section so we can visit you. We will be back next Tuesday with more fun.