Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tot School Wrap-Up: Puzzle Mania

We had a lot of errands and appointments this week, so we didn't spend as much time as we usually do on Tot School. M spent a lot of her time this week on puzzles; this was definitely her favorite activity this week.
We started the week off with our art project, and did this fly swatter painting outside on Monday. It is messy, but M reallly loved it.
We did work on our trays this week. We kept the pom-pom transfer with tongs activity from last week and added pouring beans, our orange and purple color bags, stringing wooden beads on shoelaces, the wonderful fruit and vegetable matching we got from Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations, and a great block puzzle. Each side of the square blocks helps make up 1/4 of different fruit. As long as we make sure that the same fruits are all up, M loves to put this one together!

We did quite a bit of water time this week, including playing in our water table where we worked on more pouring.
M loved playing with her Melissa & Doug latches puzzle, and worked on it all week. By Saturday she had figured out how to work and open all 6 latches!
She also had a lot of fun playing with her Melissa & Doug bear family puzzle. She loved changing the bears expressions and clothes, and we spent a lot of time talking about how each bear felt based on their expressions.
We spent quite some time with J and T building tall towers with alphabet blocks, and then M knocking them down. She did work on building some towers herself, and was very proud when she got one almost as tall as she is.
M also got a wonderful new Noah's Ark book (thanks Mom!). Each page has a puzzle piece (a pair of animals) that you can lift out of the book. The 9 pieces then go together to make a puzzle. She loves this one!
So that was our puzzle-mania week at Tot School. We are planning to do several art projects and one science or nature project every week this summer, and we will keep working on our trays. Don't forget to check out what others did in their Tot School this week.


  1. I think I would go crazy if I let my K paint with the fly swatter like that...YAY for you and your patience!!!

    She is just so cute, thanks for linking up to Tot School this week!!!

    :) Carisa

  2. What wonderful activities you did this past week! I am definitely going to try out that fly swatter painting. I have a 2-year old (boy) and that would be right up his alley (and I think the 4-year old would like it too!).

    By the 4-year old (almost 5) has loved puzzles since she was probably 12-months old. Today she is a number wizard...she seriously amazes my husband and I with her mathematical ability (we don't know where she inherited THAT from LOL).

    Many blessings to you from Kansas,

  3. Thank you for such nice comments. At our house, art is definitely about the process rather than the product!


  4. Love, love, love the fly swatter painting! We have that bear puzzle, too, and my son loves it. As he has grown he starts to tell me things about the bears/what they are doing, etc. (very simple stories). It's definitely a toy that grows with them!

    Ami :)

  5. We did a flyswatter picture when I taught kindergarten. I put a sticker of a fly on a piece of construction paper and they got to swat the fly (just once) with a fly swatter that had been dipped in paint. It was so cute!!!

  6. What a great week! RockerTot has been a puzzle boy since about 10 months. He loves them!! I love the Noah's Ark puzzle book. Thank you for sharing!

  7. It looks like a fun week. Puzzles and blocks are big in our house as well. I keep hearing about this tongue activity - I certainly should try it out, since Anna's fine motor skills are not that great for 2.5 year old.


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