Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tot School

Tot School

Star is 27 months old
Well, it has been an interesting week filled with excitement, new things, sickness and potty training. I am one tired Momma. I was able to take a few pictures along the way. The week started out strong and I had many new ideas for tot school. Star has been extremely interested in flowers and was very excited when I recieved some and she got to help me put them in a vase, so I bought some fake flowers and gave her a vase of her own. She was so happy. She literally has played with this every day. She puts the flowers in the vase, then takes them out. She puts them in upside down, or she takes all the heads off. This is the point where I usually hear "!" because she can't quite get the heads back on the stems.

We also used our number circles. Each circle has a number and stickers corresponding to that number. She puts the clothespins on to each of the stickers then she counts them as she pulls them off. I saw this idea on another blog, but I can't find where I saw it, sorry.
I made these puzzles for her out of a cereal box. You are supposed to match the uppercase letter with the lowercase letter. She tried it for about 20 seconds and then wanted to move on. Maybe next time.
One activity I made up that she loves, I call the letter chase. We use her aquadoodle and I write four different letters on it. Then we sing this song, "we're gonna run around, run around, run around (this is the part where we run around the coffe table) then we will step on the letter...." (at this point I shout a letter out and we have to run over and stand on it). Usually this game ends when I'm out of breathe.

At the end of tot school on tuesday I decided we would have a tea party, using real tea, milk and sugar. My mother gave this tea set to Star a while ago, and this is the first time we used it. It was great.

She got to practice her manners as well as her pouring and scooping.

When we were finished she learned how to wash the dishes as we cleaned up her tea set. Overall it was a lot of fun.

There wasn't much art done this week, but we did cookie cutter painting

We also played with playdoh (sorry about the shot with undies, potty training had started)

We also were able to do something that I have wanted to do for a long time, which is pancake art. All you need is one of those generic plastic squeeze bottles that you can put ketchup or mustard in. You fill it with pancake batter and then you can make any design you want for your pancake. I made Pink hearts for Valentines day.

The day before I made letter pancakes and smiley faces. All you have to do is draw the face in the pan, let it cook a few moments, then fill it in. The parts that cooked longer will be a darker color than the part you fill in, making the face show up. Sorry I don't have a picture of it, but here is another smiley face.
For what others have done for Tot School this week, check out this website.


  1. What a great week!! I love the pancake art, we have to do that, I think we will do letters first. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Great week! I have been wanting to do the pancake art for some time as well.

  3. I love the pancake idea! Hmm, what can I squeeze the last of the ketchup into? Thanks for the great idea!

  4. Great ideas and adorable girl (as always!).
    :) Carisa

  5. She is so adorable. :-) I really like your flower and vase idea. I am going to try that. Wonderful "girl" ideas! You are training her to be a good keeper at home! That is a good work. :-)

  6. Jennifer~
    It looks like you and Star had a great week of Tot School. We would love to feature your cereal box ABC matching game, as well as your couting with clips plates on our educational site, with your permission. We would be happy to link back to your post so our readers will be able to see all of your other ideas as well. Please let us know if that will be okay.