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Tot Tray Showcase: Week 8

Tot school is really going great with my little lady. She is making great progress in her pre writing skills, and overall we are just having a good time. I’m excited about this week because we will be working on the letter L, and of course we will be working with ladybugs a bit.

So now, without delay I present this weeks tot trays.




1. Using play doh to creatively make the letter L on the dry erase coloring station.

2. This tray deals with size matching ladybugs, I used foam sheets and a sharpie to make these.

3. Working with clothespins on a line to secure the leaves. Fine motor skills at work here.

I’m happy with the way the trays came out, and am looking forward to working with Ladybug in tot school this week.

What themes are you working with, with your little ones this week?


Tot Tray Showcase: Week 7

This week has been a little hectic. Ladybug has been super grumpy, and then broke out in a small rash. A short trip to the pediatrician’s later, and my little lovebug was diagnosed with a viral infection. Yuck. To top it off,  Bumblebee started cutting his fifth tooth. Heavy sigh. Not a lot of sleep in this house this week.

So posting got the back burner a bit while I snuggled my cranky babies. It happens. So without further delay, here are our tot trays for this week:



1. This water transferring activity has a spin on it. We used a salt shaker with the lid on to add a fun pouring element.

2. A matching tray using a household objects printout page. I chose this one because Ladybug is big into matching, plus the vocabulary building factor.

3. A “beading” tray, using wooden keys the object is to string them along the pipe cleaner.

I got the household objects printout from the Letter K Tot School Printables download. We use printouts from that site each week for working with letters.

This week we are working with the letter K. I will put a post up detailing how our week with the letter K went, later in the week.

What are your go to activities for when your kiddo is sick? 

Tot Tray Tuesday Showcase: Week 6

It is time again to showcase our tot trays for our week in tot school. This week we will be working with the letter J, so I tried to theme the trays with the letter J.

Here we go again on our adventure in learning.


1. Transferring and matching objects of two different sizes to the inside of the jar. I made the jar from drawing on a white foam sheet, cutting it out, tracing the objects with a blue permanent marker.


2. Working with small spaces, I used the top of a plastic salt shaker and pipe cleaners to make our jellyfish tray.


3. This borrowed idea is matching different shaped lids to their jars.


Bumblebee's Discovery Bottle containing two pipe cleaners.

I got the idea for the third tray from Nicole from The Kavanaugh Report. In fact I was first inspired to tot school from when I was a part of a close knit message board for moms and moms to be with Nicole. And in this post is where I got the inspiration for the lid matching activity. You should definitely check out her page if you are thinking of tot schooling your little one.

My goal for this week is to actually finish a post a detailing how we use our trays and other activities for our tot school, so keep an eye open if you are interested in starting, or adding new activities to your tot school routines.

Our week with the letter I

This previous week was a lazy week in tot school. Daddy was home all week for his vacation (yay!), so we just tried to have as much fun as a family as possible. We still managed to get some tot school time in, though.


She had some creative fun with this tot tray. We moved beyond just color matching and used the objects together for play, as well.


playing on daddy's phone with one of his educational toddler apps.


Working those fine motor skills, by attaching clips to craft sticks.


So, although it wasn’t one of our most active weeks in tot school we still managed a few activities.

Did you do anything especially fun last week?

Tot Tray Tuesday Showcase: Week 5

It is that time once again to present the tot trays we’ll be using this week. I thought we would switch up our focus and begin to work more with sorting. Our letter this week is the letter I, so I also incorporated a little bit of that in our theme for our trays.

Here we go with week five.


This tray was designed to work on number value when counting. I cut up an egg tray to make the base to transfer blue gems into. And then printed out the 1,2,3 from 1+1+1=1


Working with clothespins, for this tray the object is to color match and attach the clothespins to the colored craft sticks. We're working with fine motor skills here.


This tray involves color sorting different objects intro different compartments.


Here we have Bumblebees discovery bottles for this week. In the first one we have blue gems with water. The second one has colored craft sticks. This is going to be a fun way for Bumblebee to explore objects in a safe way.

So, we have some newer challenges to work through with Ladybug, and some fun discovery bottles with Bumblebee. I am lucky to have my husband home this week to help out a bit with tot school. Yay!

Wondering where I got the printout for tray #1? Checkout here for tons of resources for schooling your kiddo. In fact many of the concepts we use in our trays are inspired by using the principles of this page.

This week we will be getting out and about a lot as a family, it is our three year wedding anniversary on Thursday. Double yay for family time. Hope everyone else is having a good week.

Check out here to see how this week went in tot school.

I Threw Together a Little Something For Bumblebee

I was inspired by Jayne at The Naptown Organizer to introduce discovery bottles into playtime with Bumblebee. She has also been doing tot school with her Little Man (Ladybug’s age) and recently started baby school with her Little Lady (Bumblebee’s age.) She is an inspiring lady that I met, online, on a parenting forum. You should definitely check out her blog if you are looking for some tips and tricks for around the house and in life in general.


What is a “discovery bottle?” Basically, it is a water bottle, or sealed container, used to discover elements in a contained zone. The great part about discovery bottles is that they are safe for baby hands. For our discovery bottle we used a water bottle with masking tape around the lid. Jayne recommended this,  just in case those little hands were able to twist the top.

For now I think I will try to theme the discovery bottles with what we are doing in tot school with Ladybug. For example; we are working water beads this week, so into the discover bottle went some of the water beads.

It has been a hit so far today, and both kiddos have enjoyed this bottle. I will probably end up featuring our weekly discovery bottle with our weekly tot tray showcase post.

Have you used discovery bottles with your little ones? What was a favorite element you added to a bottle?

Edit: Bumblebee was able to chew off a piece of the masking tape, and I had to do a finger swoop. I will be using either duct tape or gluing the lids from now on.

Tot Tray Tuesday Showcase: Week #4

It’s that time again, to check out what is on the menu for this week’s tot trays. Ladybug has been very intrigued in our tot trays including water. So I thought I would finally invest in some water beads to incorporate into one of our trays. It is my first time using them at all and I think the Little Miss will love them. I mean, I loved playing with them Monday night getting them ready. 😛

So without further hesitation, here are the trays we are working with this week.


A twist on spoon transfer, I used the spoon attachment we used to use for toddler pouches. Then I used an upcycled baby food jar to hold blue gems, and then I used an apple shaped ice tray from Target.


Working with small spaces here. I chose kabob skewers, and a sugar shaker I got from the Dollar Tree


Big spoon transfer using a slatted spoon, with water beads being the object to transfer.

I can’t wait to introduce these tomorrow. It is going to a fun week, I just can feel it.

What are some fun things you are doing with the kiddos this week? What is your favorite way to use water beads?