Tot School - Week 2 - Theme: Squares
Owen & Eli: 18 months old
Tot School went really well again this week, though finding activities for toddlers relating to squares was a little more challenging than it was for circles. We started off the week with matching the squares to the correct size, like we did with the circles. There were three different sizes to match, which I think was a little too challenging for them. Once I took one away, they did much better with it.
In the 'fine motor skills' category this week, we played with dried beans in different sized square Tupperware containers and transferred them from one container to another with spoons. Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep them from dumping the beans all over the floor? We also played with monkey stickers by sticking them inside a square outline. Owen loves stickers, Eli gets mad when he can't get them off his fingers : ) Pipecleaners were a big hit too - and the boys were surprisingly good at stringing square buttons on them.
I made a sheet for the boys so they could match up their little square books like a puzzle. They were really good at filling up all the squares with books. We used the same sheet with magnets on the refrigerator too, though that seemed to turn into a 'rip the paper' exercise, much to my frustration ; )
I found these square nesting blocks at a consignment sale this week and the boys love them! With very little instruction, they figured out both uses for the blocks: stacking as a tower and nesting one inside the next. Hours of entertainment!
Two books that we read over and over this week were Pa Grape's Shapes and Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings. Both books include all the different shapes, not just squares, but between the rhyming and the textures, both books were a great addition to the week.
Triangles are next week! Send me any ideas you might have and thanks for visiting our week in tot school!