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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.

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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?

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Tot Tray Review: Week #2

This previous week in tot school was great! She was interested in all of the trays in additon to doing some printouts. It is always a joy when I can provide her with activities that are both stimulating and engaging while we both have a good time.

The following were are trays for week number two in our tot tray series.

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1. A stamping craft using tp rolls cut into different shapes.

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2. A water transfer activity using a measuring spoon into an egg plate.

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3. A color sorting activity using clothes onto pipe cleaners in the shapes of circles.

Tray #1: I originally got the idea for this week here, however, once we tried them with the stamp pad we realized it just wasn’t going to work out. It was very faded and not so interesting for Miss Ladybug.

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So I quickly pulled out some washable paints and it was a huge success. We did two colors at a time on the plate, and she got to experiment a bit with color mixing. Overall it was a good craft tray after a minor adjustment.

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Some of our finshed products.

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Such concentration.

Tray #2: Since water transfer was such a hit last week, we decided to continue on with water play for a tray this week. And as you might imagine Ladybug was intrigued, once again. We had so much fun with this one. The only problem was that once she transferred all of the water into the egg shapes, the only way to continue play was to dumo the water in the sink and then add more. Not a big problem, of course, but I would prefer it to be a completely toddler led activity. So next time, we definitely won’t have that problem.

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Kitty caught in action helping clean up, lol. Also if you were wondering about the wall hangings, they were from our Harry Potter Party from that weekend.

Tray #3: I knew going into this one that it not might not work out so well. I’ve read that clothespins can be difficult for small hands, and that sometimes they pinch. Talk about the ultimate discouragement to a kiddo…  pain. So I took a tentative approach to this tray.

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First we had help doing this activity, thanks Auntie K!

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Which built confidence.

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Then we loved it so much, we used them as accessories.

She started out frustrated with this tray,  but once we started explaining you have to “squeeze the legs” she caught on fast.

Conclusion: That was a great week in Tot school, I aspire to have all weeks go that great. With a couple of small adjustments it made for a great learning experience for both of us.

How did your week in tot school go?  What struggles did you and your tot meet?  How did they succeed?

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