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  • Farm Fun!

    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.

     

  • Halloween Celebration

    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!

  • Matching Ghosts and Feeding Monsters

    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!

  • Halloween Fine Motor

  • Five Little Pumpkins

    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!

     

     

  • Prewriting and Fine Motor

    We have been working on our prewriting and fine motor skills in the PM preschool and preschool prep classes! We are getting our hands ready to write!

  • Art Show Sneak Peek

    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.

  • Hello Yellow!

    Hello Yellow!  The color focus for the month of September is YELLOW.  We have used all of our senses to immerse ourselves in yellow.  We have read a book called Hello Yellow about a parade, we have watched videos and sang songs about the color yellow, sorted items by color, and our “lemonade” sensory tub is filled with all types of yellow items for pouring and scooping.  During small group, the mystery can was filled with all yellow items (banana, corn, yellow crayon, yellow car, yellow monkey, duck, etc.).  We also tasted yellow lemons and did lemon prints.  The children combined our letter study and color study by string painting a “B” to create a yellow bumble bee.  On Friday, we took turns measuring and pouring and made yellow play dough!  We will continue to focus and yellow in the classroom throughout the month.  You can reinforce at home by having your child find yellow items around the house and pointing out yellow things in their everyday lives.

     

  • Toddler Schedule

    Young children thrive on routine and repetition.  We plan our toddler day around a regular schedule so our friends know what’s coming next.  We mix up group activities, free choice, gross motor activities, etc. to engage the kids and accommodate attention spans.

    Daily Schedule

    9:00-9:40 Arrival/Free Play

    9:45-10:00 Story Time/ Fingerplays

    10:00-10:25  Outside Time /Parachute / Gross Motor Activities

    10:30-10:45 Snack Time / Quiet reading

    10:45 – 11:00 Letter Review / Pre-academic Small Groups

    11:00 – 11:15 Centers / Art / Sensory Bins

    11:15-11:30 Music / Movement / Dismissal

    Here is a glimpse into a day in the toddler room:

     

    Morning Free Play

    Story Time

     

    Fingerplays

    Outside Time/ Gross Motor

    Parachute

    Snack Time

    Quiet Reading

    Pre-academic Groups (Mystery Can; Letter Mailbox)

    Small Groups

    Centers

    Art

    Sensory Bins

    Music/Movement

    Dismissal

     

  • Toddler Room Activities!

    We had such a fun couple of months, with Spring activities such as, gardening, and learning about bugs and insects that live in the garden! Below you can see some of the April and May activities we did.

    Matching colors:
    Finding the bunny tail to match the color of the bunny!

    Matching the jelly bean to the color on the oval!

    Counting Flowers:
    For this game, our friends rolled a die, and the number they got, that’s how many flowers they “planted” in their pots!

    Name building: Writing their names with flowers!

    Purple Party!:
    Learning about the color purple, we found a bunch of purple items around our classroom, and then had a PURPLE snack–grape jelly fold-overs!

    They got to spread the jelly on their bread 🙂

    This school year has FLOWN by, and we have had so much fun watching our toddlers grow, learn, and play. Thank you for sharing the joy of your children with us! Happy Summer!!!