If I'm being honest, this past week of tot school was a challenge for us. The teething that started causing us problems at the end of last week's tot school continued strong through the whole of this week, and on Tuesday while playing outside Emery also had her first official face collision with the cement, making her willingness to do much of anything almost nilch. We didn't get two full activities in every day, but worked hard to do at least one every day, and thankfully we're far enough into our colors that Emery still seemed to pick up on the color green fairly quickly despite not spending quite as much attention on it. Because I like to keep things as real as possible here I'm only including the actual activities that we did this week in my post, but if you're looking to do more activities with your toddler throughout the week, feel free to check out my other tot school color themed weeks for more ideas!
TOT SCHOOL WEEK 5: THE COLOR GREEN
Theme: The Color GREEN
Snacks (One per day):
Monday - GREEN coloring create a book activity and GREEN themed sensory bin. These little coloring books have continued to be a success with Emery every week, and these past couple of weeks I've allowed her to start coloring in her books with miniature colored pencils in addition to her crayons to give the activity more variety. One of my fellow mama blogger friends did this same activity with her little and also let her use stickers in the color of the week on her book and it looked like a super fun idea to try! After Emery was done with her book, she actually asked to get the sensory bin out to play, so in the name of self-directed learning, I got it all set up for her with her green toys and let her have some fun with it for the rest of our morning!
Tuesday - Finding GREEN in nature with outside play & a walk. This day we were blessed with some of the most incredible warm Spring weather that we'd seen in weeks, and in an effort to take advantage of it before several more days of rain/cold temperatures, we decided to forgo a second activity and spent the whole of our day except nap time outside. Unfortunately this day is also when Em had her poor face accident, but we still enjoyed getting outside and pointing out all of the green grass, trees, shrubberies, leaves, and playground equipment that we saw.
Wednesday- Sing the GREEN song and Laugh & Learn™ Shapes & Colors Music Show App on the iPad. This was definitely our hardest day of the week with Em not feeling well and she basically spent the day playing Queen of the Castle, but we still tried to fit in a little bit of green education with her snack and some singing combined with cuddles to help her feel better. I've also found on days like these that Em tends to ask for waaaaay more screen time than she usually would, so in an effort to keep that screen time as educational as possible, we downloaded an app that teaches shapes and colors through a colorful piano on the iPad. I obviously prefer Em learning through more hands on methods, but for days when a screen seems to be the only thing that will make her happy, this app has been one that we've found to be purely educational and still fun enough to keep Emery's attention.
Thursday- GREEN tree painting activity and GREEN play-dough /counting with buttons activity. This green tree painting activity I'd originally planned for Wednesday to follow up on our outside activity with, but putting it off until Thursday didn't seem to make much of a difference in Em's ability to enjoy it so we counted it as a win! To do this activity all I did was draw/color in a plain brown tree trunk on a piece of paper, then I gave Emery a circular sponge brush and some green washable paint and had her fill in all of the "leaves" on the trees. After the painting Emery asked to play with play-dough, so I got out our homemade green dough and some green buttons and we played a game where we'd count buttons as Em would squish them into the play-dough, seeing how many buttons we could count up to before there was no more room.
Friday- GREEN flower painting activity and bead sorting activity to recap colors RED, BLUE, YELLOW, & GREEN. Emery really enjoys playing with paint, so choosing to still do our weekly wooden flower painting to go along with our Planting a Rainbow book in addition to the painting of the tree was a no-brainer. To help keep things varied enough for her, we used the circle sponge brushes on Thursday for the tree activity, and used her regular kid paint brushes for the flower activity on Friday. After her tree activity we pulled out her bead sorting activity that we'd done at the end of her yellow week, but added in a green bowl and green beads to the sorting mix to see how she did with the additional color. She caught onto the added challenge and handled it really well, saying "oops" if she ever dropped a bead into the wrong bowl by accident and correcting herself immediately before I even had a chance to say anything. Seeing little things like that just help me believe in the effectiveness of tot school. Having that little bit of added focus and structure with what we're learning and playing with each week seems to be making a world of difference. I'm having so much fun watching Em learn and grow and can't wait to continue forward with her tot school journey!
This next week we will be focusing on the color ORANGE! Feel free to follow along on Instagram for our daily activities in real time, or check back here next week for the full blog post!
Have a great week!