Showing posts with label hands on activities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hands on activities. Show all posts

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Toddler School: Football Theme!

Toddler school is back! And in true #momlife fashion this is the week that both of my kiddos get the flu! Go figure. 😅 Needless to say we didn't get everything done that I wanted to but such is life. We are just rolling with it!

 It feels so weird good to be blogging again. And I am so excited to kick it off (see what I did there!?) with a fun football theme! 🏈

If you're new around here, here's the run down on how I toddler school:
- I do weekly themes with my little ones
- All activities are adaptable to meet your kiddos wherever they are
- Each activity is play-based and focuses on the development areas of your little one
- I do one activity a day (usually) that lasts around 20-30 minutes



Here's what we did this week:

You can get my blank thematic planner here.

Books:
One of my favorite things about setting up a new theme is getting all the cute books that go along with it! Here are some of our favorite football themed books:


Austin Plays Fair
by Tony Dungy

Dino-Football
by Lisa Wheeler
**Cohen (4) is dinosaur obsessed (like many 4 year olds are amiright?)
so this one was by far his favorite**

Goodnight Football
by Michael Dahl

My First Book of Football
by Beth Bugler

My Football Book
by Gail Gibbons

NFL 1-2-3
**Avery (almost 2) LOVED this one in particular. It was so cute
hearing him read the numbers for me**

T is for Touchdown
by Brad Herzog


Activities:

Football Sensory Table:
This is a super cute and easy to set up sensory table! We just used our green rice, mini footballs, mini helmets, mini trophies and goal posts. Anytime I'm working on a new theme I always take a trip to dollar tree first! You can find all kinds of fun themed things there to toss into any sensory table 👌

Encourage your little one to explore the sensory table! Use helmets and trophies to scoop. Flick footballs through the field goal posts. Just have fun with it!

** In the beginning little ones will need supervision and help learning the boundaries and rules associated with sensory play **




Touchdown Letters:
Using yellow construction paper create goal posts onto butcher paper. Print out the letters included and glue onto butcher paper. Practice calling out letters and having your little one find them!

Don't want to create a giant field goal? You can get a small printable version here! Fo' freesies!



Football Drop:
Prep football drop box by coloring a shoe box green and adding goal posts. Cut slits into the box and label with shapes! Print and cut out football shapes (you can get these in the activity pack below!) Work with your little one to identify the shapes and drop into the right goal post!



Football Cubes:
Print and assemble cube. Let your little one roll the cube and identify the number shown. 

To add in a little gross motor fun: once your little one identifies the number have them do that many jumps, laps, etc.


Football Art:

Football Kicker:
Truthfully we did not get to this activity this week due to all the sickness but it is super easy to set up! Using plain 'ol paper write numbers 1 through 5 (1 number per page) and lay on the floor in a line - think like a football field. Let your little one kick a football and call out the number they get!

Want any of this week's printables?  You can grab them here!







Up next week: 1st Day of Preschool 🏫

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tiny Toddler Box Launch!

I know I haven't posted in awhile but that's because I've been working on something really exciting: the launch of my Tiny Toddler Box!


Throughout my toddler schooling adventures I have gotten so many questions and comments about the activities we do and how we find the time to do them! It seemed like there was a need out there for activities geared towards toddler development that busy families could easily whip out with no prep work required! That where the #tinytoddlerbox comes in!

Here's the quick and dirty - you can find additional information by clicking subscription box or FAQ above!

Who: 
The Tiny Toddler Box is geared toward toddlers of varying ages and abilities primarily focusing on the 1-5 range. All activities are easily adaptable to your child's level and abilities. You may need to provide more guidance and assistance for the younger toddlers while exploring the activities to help build their language and motor skills whereas the older toddlers can play independently. It's all about what's right for you and your little one(s)! 

What: 
A monthly themed toddler box shipped right to your door! Each box includes 6 activities prepped and ready to go! Each activity corresponds to one of the key developmental areas of toddlers: Movement, Cognitive, Language, Sensory, Social/Emotional and Art Development!

**To see some of our past boxes click on the subscription box link above**

When: 
Boxes ship on the 1st of the month! To sign up for the "current" box you need to sign up by the 25th of the previous month. For example, in order to get "April's box", you must sign up before March 25th. 

April's theme is SPACE!   🌚🌞⭐☄

Where: 
Boxes ship right to your door!

How:
Just follow the link below! Signing up is quick and easy - just choose the right subscription level for you! 


Why:
There are so many reasons that I could list for why you should give it a try - but until you try for yourself you won't know the benefits for sure! 

I can tell you this: I started these toddler activities with my oldest (now 3 1/2) when he was 1. He is now exceeding the benchmarks for 1st grade in reading and math! The activities are made to be fun and engaging but also prepare your littles ones for school in a play based way!


If you have any questions just let me know! I would love to answer them!