I don't know if it's the warmer weather, the messiness of toddler life, having a Dad/husband having to prep for finals, or a combo of everything, but time seems to be going by so quickly as of late and I'm having a hard time keeping up! Amongst the craziness though tot-school has stayed a consistently fun part of each of our days, and as long as I can keep on top of documenting the activities we'll be in good shape. 😉 So, for the sake of saving as much time as possible for all of the above mentioned items, here's our week of PURPLE in review!
TOT SCHOOL WEEK 7: THE COLOR PURPLE
Theme: The Color PURPLE
Snacks (One per day):
Monday - PURPLE Color/Create a Book activity and PURPLE sensory bin. I feel like we'll continue to do these little coloring books whenever I can find one applicable to our weekly theme from here on our because of how much Em has enjoyed them. Not only are they helping her to learn her colors, but she's also now started to pay much closer attention to detail, and I love watching her motor skills develop with how she'll hold her crayons and pencils. For Emery's sensory bins, I received a few questions as to what exactly we put in her bin. I shared specifics on the toys that we included in her purple sensory bin in my Instagram stories (click on my "Tot School Highlights to find that if you're interested in specifics) but to answer the question in short we just use toys from around the house that fit our theme! Items will usually include things like wooden blocks, magnets, wooden stacking rings, puzzle pieces, and other small items that Emery can dig for and move around in the rice. Other items that could be used though could be Legos, cars, really anything that your kiddo enjoys playing with! The main point is that there's some sort of "theme" to the sensory bin to help teach whatever you're focusing on, and that it's giving your child a different way to play with their toys.
Tuesday- PURPLE play-dough with bead stamps and PURPLE YouTube Video. We found another use for our lacing beads that we bought last week with this week's play-dough activity, giving me yet another reason to be so happy that we got them for Emery! For the activity, I let Emery pick out all of the purple beads, and then use whichever ones she wanted to stamp shapes into her play-dough, saying "PURPLE - (whatever shape she was making)" whenever she'd stamp it into the dough. Her favorite one was the square bead, and before long Em was saying "poo-pull scare!" along with me every time she stamped it!
Wednesday- "PURPLE Yuck" Teeth Brushing Game. Wednesday of last week also happened to be Emery's first ever dentist appointment, so in an effort to help prep her for the experience I created a fun little teeth brushing game for her. Putting this together was as easy as putting a sheet of paper into a gallon sized ziplock bag, then giving Emery a purple dry-erase marker to color "yuckies" onto the teeth through the bag. Once she'd drawn on enough of the purple germs, she then got to use a special purple toothbrush to brush all of the yucky germs away. I just drew/colored my own little smiling girl to make it more personal for Em, but here's a cute free coloring page that would also work great for any kiddo. I'm not sure how well the activity helped prep Em for the actual dentist, but if it helped her with the color purple I guess we'll take at least one of the two objectives learned as a win. 😆
Thursday- Bead Sort Activity to recap on secondary colors (PURPLE, ORANGE, & GREEN), and PURPLE bath crayons. Emery had asked to play with her beads and buttons this morning, so I went into my craft closet and found a ton of the old classic beads that elementary school dreams are made of (yet another testament of how bad I am at throwing things out 😜) and put together a sorting game for her that worked really similarly to our bead sorting games in past week's activities. The big change that we made to this game was that instead of using color coordinated bowls for Em to drop the beads into, we used plain glasses and I started out each glass with a couple of beads in each color to get her started on the sorting. I wanted to see how she would do having a little less obvious of direction with the color sorting, and although it took a couple of tries to get her into it, once she caught the concept of things she did really well with the game. For Em's bath that night we went back to focus on the color purple specifically and gave her some purple bath crayons to color with in the tub. Em LOVES being able to color during her bath times, and I love that it's an activity that she can have full freedom and creativity with, but is also super easy to clean up after (the colors literally just come off with water and a light sponge/bath loofa, even on a textured tub) so it's a win-win all around.
Friday- Free Play with Lacing Beads to recap all of our colors. Friday was a busy day for us spent prepping to spend 9+ hours at Thunder Over Louisville the next day, but since this was our last day of tot school for the week and our last time focusing specifically on colors, I wanted to still give Emery a fun activity to finish up the week on. She asked to play with her lacing beads that morning while we were home, so I pulled them out for her and let her have free reign on what she decided to do with them, just making sure to either say or have her say the color of whatever bead she was holding in her hand at the time. She laced them, stacked them up and knocked them down, clanked them together with her hands to make noise, and just had fun with them however she felt inclined to. I always appreciate some sort of focus with our activities, but also have to admit that the times that I'm able to see Em fully indulge in her own creativity without any sort of major boundaries is really fun to watch and be a part of.
That wraps up our purple week and our color unit!! After a lot of thought I made the decision to not do any weeks dedicated specifically to colors not on the basic color wheel (pink, brown, white, black, grey) just because right now I feel like Emery is ready to move onto something new, and I feel like because we've been focusing on the concept of colors for so long now, she's grasped the idea of it well enough that the other side colors are just starting to fall into place. She's now able to recognize and say the color pink and white and that's just from our day to day activities without any specific focus on them! It's incredible how much she's able to soak up and I'm loving watching her learn new things every day! This week in tot school we've been celebrating Earth Day and focusing all about the Earth and what we can do to be kind to it, and I'm hoping to have that post up for you all before a whole other week has passed by! Thanks for being so patient with me, and always remember that if you have any questions about any of our tot school activities and don't want to wait for the next post, you're welcome to follow along with us on Instagram or shoot me an email or DM on Instagram with any questions!
We will see you all soon with our Earth focused week of Tot School! Happy Learning!