Thursday, August 16, 2012

Frogs

Honey Pot is 2 years and 3 months old
Little M&M is 5 months old


Books

We made our weekly trip to the little local library and picked up a few books about frogs. A childhood favorite of mine, Frog and Toad, is just a little too advanced for Honey Pot so I reluctantly left it behind. We did, however, discover new books that were such fun to read. My favorite of the three is Leap Back Home To Me, by Lauren Thompson. The story is so simple and so sweet as a mommy frog watches her baby leap out into the big world, and remains there for him when he returns home. Do check it out!

City Dog, Country Frog, by Mo Willems
Leap Back Home To Me, by Lauren Thompson
I Took My Frog To The Library, by Eric A. Kimmel


Snack

I first spotted this cute little snack from Pinterest, via a blog called Clean and Scentsible. So adorable! And yummy too – Honey Pot ate the entire thing. Instead of using cream cheese as “glue” though we used peanut butter. It’s an absolute favorite in this house, and sure tasted great with the apples!



Paper Bag Puppet

Our craft for the week was inspired by one I discovered from DLTK-Kids, a website I have often visited since beginning Tot School. First I offered Honey Pot the paper bag and green paint.

“I’m make a frog!” she exclaimed before getting started.




Then, after it had dried, we assembled the pieces. I let her take full control of the glue, only showing her where to put it.




Here is the final product:


Then it was time to PLAY!





She loved this little guy. We forgot to give him a name. But she had many laughs with him!




Frog Pond, Small World

This is our first “small world” sensory bin. The idea came from the blog so humorously entitled You’ll Thank Me One Day. Honey Pot enjoyed it greatly because she is a huge, huge fan of pretend play. The package of 8 frogs came from the Dollar Tree. I cut a few lily pads out of my craft foam, already in my supplies, and added some flowers from my scrapbooking stash. Oh, and a couple drops of food coloring to make the pond blue!


We talked about the lily pads and had a quick lesson on floating versus sinking. Honey Pot had a fun time trying to balance the frogs on the lily pads. And she played with them for quite a while.




We also put them all in a row and counted them up!


Here she is making her froggie leap into the water…over and over and over again. J


Dressing For The Occasion

Little M&M is still quite young for our tot school themes, but he did wear his very cute frog outfit, and play with his froggie toys. What a cutie…





Lily Pad Color Matching

I quickly created a template for Honey Pot to match the colors of the frogs to their lily pads. She had an easy time of it!





Each lily pad was numbered too; so then we tried some number recognition. “Leap to the number four!” etc.


Letter Matching

I just wanted to practice some letter recognition with Honey Pot, so I created this worksheet in Photoshop Elements. I printed it on cardstock and used a circle punch from my scrapbook supplies to cut out the letters. Honey Pot needed a bit of help matching the letters up, but we did it!



She even took the liberty of adding a green frog over the picture!


Button Art

Honey Pot received this cute toy from Santa last Christmas. We took out the image of the frog, and popped the buttons through according to color. It had been a while since she played with this, so it was nice. She has definitely improved since then!


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