Tis the season! The toddlers have had a great time dressing up in elf outfits and “baking” in the dramatic play center.
We have been decorating our tree by sorting balls!
We have been focusing on our color of the month: RED! We drew red items out of a red hat and played in the candy cane sensory tub!
J is for Jingle bell – We painted our J’s with jingle bells!
Using our five senses strengthens our everyday experiences. The five senses introduce toddlers to methods of exploring the world around them and expanding their view of how things work. Drawing a child’s attention to the five senses and discussing them increases understanding of and communication about the world around us.
We used the all five senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste) to explore a giant marshmallow!
Children use their ears to take in information about things around them. Like other skills that children learn, listening takes practice. Indoors and outdoors, there are many opportunities for toddlers to engage their listening skills. The marshmallows were hidden inside the mystery can. We used our ears to try to guess what was in the can. As I shook the can – our class discussed that they made a soft quiet sound.
When children play games that involve sight, they’re practicing early literacy skills! Sight games help children recognize words, patterns, objects…and help them develop their memory! Sense of sight activities help preschoolers learn about their eyes as they explore the world around them. We used our eyes to observe the color, shape, and size of the marshmallow.
Over time, children will recognize certain smells as comforting, yummy, scary, exciting, etc. As children are exposed to different smells, they learn more about our environment. They will be able to distinguish between good and bad smells, comfortable and uncomfortable smells. In the toddler room, we used our noses to smell the sweet sugary marshmallows.
Most touch activities involve the hands and feet. Children learn how to communicate with others through touch. Engaging their hands builds their fine motor skills, helping them learn how to do more for themselves, such as writing their names and buttoning their coats. Everyone got to hold a marshmallow. We discussed that it was soft and squishy and sticky inside.
Many events in a child’s life involve food. Sense of taste activities teach children that the sense of taste and smell are connected. This was the best part – tasting the giant marshmallow!
The farm theme has provided some fun center options and activities in the toddler room.
The toddler sensory bin filled with corn kernels and farm animals.
A horse barn has provided a fun place for imaginary play.
We used our sense of hearing to listen to the farm animal sounds!
We have practiced fine motor skills while lacing farm animals!
Fun farm animal magnets were mixed with letters to provide discussion.
Another sensory activity included washing big and little farm animals.
We sorted farm animals by size (big and little) and by color.
Then we acted out our book of the month, I Spy On the Farm, with face puppets.
The Creative Tots Halloween Party was a blast! A special snack, crafts, and games made our classroom celebration lots of fun!
We practiced the fine motor skill of scooping to make a ghost to take home.
We played a ghost game of throwing the ghost into a basket.
Our bat hat craft was a big hit amongst the toddlers! The children added eyes and fangs. They had fun checking themselves out in the mirror.
There were some fun costumes this year too! Lions, and pandas, and donuts…oh my!
Class pictures are always a fun challenge!
Everyone received a fun yummy treat to take home. Trick or treat!
The Lego eating monster only likes legos that are the same color. The kids took turns
feeding the monster with matching legos.
This monster likes beanbags. Kids named the color of beanbag before they threw it in!
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate… We have had so much fun with this little song. We did an art project with pumpkin stickers, read several book versions, put 5 pumpkins on the magnet board, and acted the song out. We also made yummy pumpkin muffins, decorated mini pumpkins with washi tape, and played hot pumpkin (a version of hot potato). Our sensory bin for the month has been pumpkin seeds with scoops and tins to “make pumpkin pie”. We also plan to use all of our senses to explore the outside and inside of a pumpkin! Happy orange October!
Learning positional words like over/under, on/off, and in/out is an important preschool skill. Not only do children develop spatial awareness by practicing these skills but they are also learning the fundamentals of early math. Using positional words in connection with concrete objects and situations helps children develop vocabulary. We had lots of fun this week learning the positional words IN and OUT as we took turns going IN the tunnel and coming OUT.
On March 9, 2018, we will host the annual Creative Tots Art Show. This is a fun evening for children to show their families selected art pieces that they have worked on during the year. The art projects involve fine motor skills and different art techniques. The students have already started working on pieces for the art show but we don’t send them home. We keep all these at school for the big reveal in March. Here is a sneak peek at part of our first piece.
We are using the dinosaur theme to incorporate fine motor skills, sorting, matching, position words, and more. We have read several dinosaur books including Dini the Dinosaur, we have learned dinosaurn fingerplays, and danced to Laurie Berkner’s We are the Dinosaurs. Toddlers are learning through play!
Creative Tots has specialized in the private education of both toddlers and preschool age children for over 15 years. We began in the heart of Madeira and now also have a new Mason location. We are specifically designed to focus on early childhood development for children ages 18 months to 5 years.