Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tot School

I helped C make a hand and foot print angel that we later put on top of our tree

 Matching bows to the gift
 We played with flat marbles that I put alphabet stickers on. She liked playing with the letters. She even surprised me this week by spelling J's name out loud.
 She matched foam blocks to her foam letters by color.
(The 2 blocks on top are their ears and the 2 on the bottom are their feet)
 Then she gave the V cheeks :)

Matching stockings to the fireplace

 We made cone Christmas trees (got the idea from LAWTEEDAH)
 Here is some awesome fine motor skills at work! While looking for stickers to put on the cone tree, C found these in the sticker box. They were really small and on the back of the sticker sheet it says they were for fingernails. So she put stickers on her fingernails!
C & J's hand print and foot print Rudolph!

Tot School

Friday, December 17, 2010

Felt Activities

I had a few minutes this morning to make 2 new felt activities for C.

Christmas shapes for her button snake
(snowman, poinsettia, stocking, tree, ornament, star, gingerbread)
 One of the activities on the advent chain was to make this Rudolph book I found at Little Giraffes a few years ago. Instead, I made a flannel board version after seeing the idea at Oopsey Daisy! I just don't have any pink felt, if I don't make it to the store I might have to use paper.

Here are the words to the Rudolph story

Rudolph! Rudolph!
What will you do?
You can't guide Santa
If your nose is blue!

Rudolph! Rudolph!
Santa gave a wink.
But what will he think
If your nose is pink?

Rudolph! Rudolph!
Your way cannot be seen
Through the wintry weather
If your nose is green!
Rudolph! Rudolph!
You're such a silly fellow    
Who will know it's you   
If your nose is yellow!

Rudolph! Rudolph!
How will you get back?
You can't see in the dark
If your nose is black!

Rudolph! Rudolph!
It's time to go to town.
But Santa's wearing a frown
'Cause your nose is brown!

Rudolph! Rudolph!
It's time to fly at night.
But you're quite a sight
'Cause your nose is white!

Rudolph!  Rudolph!
The children are in bed.
 And now I know you're ready
'Cause your nose is red!

Another thing I wanted to make was a button tree,
like this one at Counting Coconuts

but my felt collection is getting smaller and I don't have enough green.
It might have to wait until next year.
Oopsey Daisy also made these cute gingerbread bean bags!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Shutterfly Update

My order for our photo Christmas cards from Shutterfly arrived yesterday. And I am pleased to announce that I am very happy with how they turned out! (even if C is not looking at the camera and J isn't smiling in our family picture)

This is the design I ended up choosing:
(not one had mentioned in the original post...and that isn't my family)

Most are addressed, all need stamps, and then they are ready for the post office! 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tot School - 2 weeks worth

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Updated 12.14 with link to Christmas puzzles and Christmas lights, see below.

Most of the things we did have been from our Advent chain. I should have one of those for every day of the year, it makes me more organized. Plus C makes sure we do our activity for the day!

 Ornament Shadow match

Hand print Advent Wreath

Counting Presents Game

 Position Words book from 1+1+1=1

Tree and gift shape match

Hand print Santa

 Christmas Picture puzzles
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This is my first time sharing something, please let me know if it doesn't work. I used clip art I found on google images, is it still ok to share?

Christmas lights pom pom color match
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Tot School
abc button

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas/Winter Garland

Earlier this fall C painted me some fall leaves which I taped onto a piece of hemp string. I loved the look of it so much that I wanted her to paint me some more for the new season!

 I originally had it in our kitchen, but kept falling. It eventually was hung on the door like the tree/angel one below.

I traced cookie cutters on some cereal boxes and cut the shapes out. C carefully painted each one (she loves painting!)

When the shapes were dry we taped them onto the string.

 I hung the angels and trees on the front door

 And the snowman and snowflakes on the backdoor. Since this one can be seen on both sides (we use our backdoor more than our front door) I painted over the colored side and C helped me added silver, blue and white glitter.

This activity focused on other skills besides painting - like colors, shapes and making patterns.
I am looking forward to making these for more seasons and holidays