I saw this idea at My Montessori and thought it was so cute I had to make one myself. I can't wait to put it on our trays for this week for my Little Man to work with. I made the button holes a little big to make it easier for him to get the feathers on since his fine motor skills are not well developed yet. I free handed the pattern/ shapes. I also doubled up the felt to make it a little sturdier (Little Man is quite tough on things) and I sewed the buttons on really well since they will have to endure quite a bit of pulling and tugging. I chose to sew everything for the same reason. I think sewing the edges of all the pieces gives it a nice finished look as well. The whole thing took me about four or five hours to complete (over two nights). I am not a sewer and it is all hand stitched. I'll post pics of Little Man using it in my weekly blog at the end of the week.
Well this was week 2 for our tot school. I planned several "L" activities for the week but got derailed by Halloween and some other obligations. We still managed to fit in quite a few activities even though we didn't get through everything. I will carry over the "L" for leaf and combine with our Fall theme next week.
Monday was Halloween so the Little Man and I went to watch Sister's Halloween parade and then we headed over to the park for a Halloween celebration for the little ones.
On Tuesday my daughter stayed home from Jr. Kindergarten and joined us during tot school. The most exciting part of our day was when I brought out our new fall sensory bin. We actually did quite a lot today. We read a veggie tales book, then moved to counting. The Little Man used the Fall clip activity from Home School Creations and Samantha did a leaf clip activity from 2teachingmommies. We did some Do A Dot sheets with buttons as well. Then the kids started sorting the buttons by size and later by color.
We put some fun ABC cards from 1+1+1=1 into the slit on top of a Truvia box. Then Samantha found some Sesame activity cards she got in a Halloween goodie bag at school and started using the buttons to complete the activities on the cards. I gave her the Halloween magnets and some beginning sound sheets from 1+1+1=1 and let her work on those.
We went on a nature walk and collected leaves for our Leaf collages, then constructed the collages which I really liked. Tuesday was a very busy day!
What is in the sensory bin? A pumpkin ice cube tray, chop sticks, a measuring spoon, tongs, two pine cones, two scarecrows some pumpkin stem, I found at the dollar tree, a stem of fall flowers I found at Joann's for 0.89 a pumpkin and leaf cookie cutter, a bowl of the pumpkin spice play doh from last week, three jars of fall colored rice, silk leaves, an assortment of buttons in fall/ nature colors. a pack of fall shaped buttons from Joann's (Pumpkins, corn on the cob and an acorn), Kidney beans, red beans and black beans as filler. Two pipe cleaners I twisted into curly q's, three milkshake straws in fall colors, the pasta necklaces from last week and some window clings.
Wednesday is our Preschool Co-op with the MOMS Club. We worked with our Leaf shadow file folder game from File Folder Fun before leaving for the CO-op. This week's host mom had some great activities for the kiddos. After we picked sister up from school She and the Little Man did "homework" and then played with the sensory bin again.
Thursday we go to our Mommy and Me Preschool class at the Adult Center. Friday sister joined us again. We started with then we read Llama Llama Red Pajamas, explored our "L" box, played "Hide the L" then worked on a few printables and trays. Some inspiration came from The Preschool Corner
I link up at Preschool Corner and 1+1+1=1. Check the links to see what other families are doing this week.
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