We actually had a lot of time to do Tot School activities this last week, with Thanksgiving break, we didn't have much else going on, and we were able to fit a lot of fun and learning in! :)
One afternoon, we did some free painting with finger paint and several different brushes.
Here Z is experimenting with painting his body:
I got him some navy beans (the dry kind), and he has REALLY enjoyed scooping them into ice cube trays and muffin tins with different spoons:
and with his hands:
and of course pouring them out of the bowl:
We did this activity once on the floor and a couple times in his highchair, and I would have to say that the highchair was actually messier, because he kept knocking the beans down into his seat. I think a big tablecloth or sheet on the floor would be the way to go (for future reference).
We also made a turkey this week. Here is Z trying to use scissors for the first time, to cut some of the scraps: (not going so well) :)
But he was pretty excited about the finished product. We traced one foot and two hands of his for the body & wings of the turkey, then I cut out some feathers in different colors & we glued those on the back. We added eyes & a waddle & beak and some feet at the last minute for cuteness. :) He doesn't get into craft projects very much while we're doing them, but for the following week, he looks at what we made and says, "We made a turkey! (or pumpkin, or whatever)" so that makes it worthwhile even if I do the whole craft myself. :)
The day before Thanksgiving, we made a pumpkin pie together! Z helped with the spices as you can see, actually he dumped in all the ingredients as I measured them.
He also helped stir the pie filling:
Here is our finished product. There should be three hearts on the top, but Z was possibly a little TOO helpful in pushing the hearts into the pie filling before it was baked. :)
It snowed one day this week, so Z was excited to put his boots on and go outside and 'walk in the 'now'. Here he is enjoying it. :)
Next week, my tot school post will probably include some pictures of Z's birthday party, because he turns TWO YEARS OLD on Saturday - I can't believe it!!! These two years have FLOWN by!!! :)
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