Monday, February 25, 2013

The Letter L

Theme: The Letter L
Honey Pot is 2 years and 9 months old
Little M&M is 11 months old

Leap Frog Fridge Phonics

We started our theme this week by finding the L fridge magnet and listening to Scout’s song about the sound the letter L makes. Honey Pot seems to know this letter pretty well, so she had no trouble finding it!

L is for Ladybug Craft

I found this idea on Pinterest via The Iowa Farmer’s Wife. I just switched the colors around a bit to my liking. First I cut out the shapes out of construction paper for Honey Pot.

Then she started gluing the pieces together.

When she was all finished I had her count the spots on her ladybug, for some extra math practice!

Very cute!

L is for Lollipop – Playdough

Seeking Shade had a fun activity where they shaped their playdough into Popsicles and decorated them with beads. We decided to do the same for lollipops. First we did the usual cookie cutter cutout for the letter of the week.

I turned around to help Little M&M with something, and came back to this attempt:

Then we made some lollipops! I let Honey Pot use some of my scrapbooking supplies.

Then later we got out another color of playdough, and decorated our lollipops with buttons.

Don’t worry, she’s just pretending to eat it…

L is for Lemon Experiment

This is a popular experiment I keep seeing. It is also known as invisible ink. First I gathered our supplies.

Then asked Honey Pot to help me get the juice from the lemon.

We used Q-Tips for her to draw a picture with the lemon juice. I also drew a couple of things.

Once it had dried completely, we used a heat source to make our drawings magically appear. You need something super hot! We used our griddle…with extreme caution of course!

Ta da!

L is for Limbo

We concluded our L theme with a fun dance. We pulled up Limbo Rock on You Tube, and played it over and over. (Warning: song may stay in your head for up to one week.) And our dining room chairs seemed perfect for holding our limbo stick (a broken broom) at different levels. First I showed Honey Pot how to play the game (um, ouch) and then there was no stopping her!

We weren’t strict on the rules, since Honey Pot is only two and a half!

Even Little M&M joined in the fun!

The crab walk—genius!

Honey Pot wanted it even lower, so we suspended our limbo stick on a couple of low toys. She and Little M&M crawled under it.

It was so incredibly fun!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

10,000 Pageviews!


Mom's Tot School began about a year ago just as a place for me to document all of our themed activities. Honey Pot (then an only child) and I were on a mission to learn all about letters, numbers, shapes, colors and concepts through play and fun crafts. What an adventure it has been! And we have learned so much!

Now that Little M&M has joined us, our lives are a little bit more hectic. But we try our best to cover one new theme each week, as well as participate in a virtual book club each month.

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by our little place on the web! We have many more fun themes in store, so we hope you'll come back again and again!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss

Theme: The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss
Honey Pot is 2 years and 9 months old

This month the Virtual Book Club is featuring Dr. Seuss! We decided to choose one of our current favorites—a classic—The Cat in the Hat. We had so much fun this week with it! Take a peek at what we did!

Cat Hat

We needed a quick cat hat for our first activity. So I drew the shape, and asked Honey Pot to color in the red stripes. I asked her to try to stay in the lines. And I think she did an excellent job, as this isn’t something we do too often!

And here is the page we are going to copy:

Cat in the Hat Picture Pose

I saw this very unique idea on Adventures at home with Mum, a blog I stumbled upon via Google. I just loved it! First we looked at the pose we were to imitate, and I asked Honey Pot which things we needed to gather.

Then she set them out on a blanket.

We improvised a little bit with some things. There's just a cake plate instead of a cake, and there's an umbrella pole instead of a rake, for example. But here is the final picture!

This wasn't easy to do with a 2 1/2 year old...especially with a clingy 11 month old messing up the blanket all the time. But I think it came out pretty awesome! So much fun!

Thing 1 Magnet Page

This printable comes from Making Learning Fun. Honey Pot loves playing with our homemade pom pom magnets.

Hat Matching

Joyfully Weary provides the free printable for this game. It seemed like it would be a little overwhelming for Honey Pot at her current age, so I only used 12 of the 20 images. Then I pasted them onto a bright blue paper.

Honey Pot picked up an image, and looked at it closely.

Then she searched hard for where it belonged!

She was very proud of herself when she found each match.

Here she is counting the stripes on the hat, so she knows what to look for.

I did it!

Rhyming Game

I gathered a few toys, with names that rhyme, and set them out on the table. Then I picked the first one, and asked her which of the remaining objects rhymes. She needed a bit of help getting started with this, but overall I was pretty impressed.

Book + Hook!

What rhymes with bread? Bed!

Cat + Hat.

Fish + Dish.

Car + Star.

House + Mouse.

Chair + Pear.

She had fun with this, even though it was a challenge. Great rhyming practice!

Thing 1 Thing 2 Blow Painting

We have wanted to try blow painting. And I thought Thing 1 and Thing 2 would be just perfect for our first effort! First I found a picture of them via Google, and erased the blue hair in Photoshop Elements.

Then I put a dab of watered down blue paint onto just the tips of their heads, and provided Honey Pot with a straw. I showed her how to start, by blowing Thing 1’s hair. Then she began to create Thing 2’s hair.

Here is our first effort!

Then we added more paint because it was so much fun. Wacky hairdo’s! Loved this craft!

Cat Hat Smoothie

I found the idea and recipe for this on Crazy for Crust. I’m not the best at layering things likes this. (Remember the cloud theme? Huge challenge for me!) But here it is! I also discovered a cat hat in my closet while cleaning this week, and gave it to Honey Pot. No idea where this even came from!

She enjoyed the smoothie! And so did I!

Check out what we did last year to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, by clicking HERE!

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