Friday, July 24, 2009

Tot School July 25

Tot School

This week in Tot School, the grassy letter G!

We did a lot of work with homemade musical instruments. We were inspired by a library book, Max, the Music-maker. First we filled glasses with different levels of water and tapped them with spoons. This somehow morphed into a pouring exercise in the bathtub... I love that about Tot School. You never know where a project might lead!!

We made a cardboard flute, harp, and guitar. They look awful, but the harp and guitar actually worked pretty well!

G for guitar!

G for gingerbread cookies! And, of course, we read the story of the Gingerbread Man!

G for granola! This is delicious homemade. I could live on it, and Crumpet loves it for a snack.

We made paintings by rolling marbles in paint, and dragging string through paint.

We made sculptures using marshmallows and toothpicks. I saw this at Blissful Moments. Great fun, until Crumpet ate all the marshmallows!

I filled plastic eggs with a variety of objects - 2 with pennies, 2 with beans, 2 with rice, 2 with water, and 2 with salt. Then I separated them and had him match them by sound. He was really quick to figure it out! (This is a project found in several toddler project books, and I've seen it on a couple of blogs.)

We went fishing using a magnet on the fishing pole and paper clips on the fish. We used it to work on colors, and also lower case letters (from Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready).


  1. I really enjoy your blog. Good clean fun!

  2. Good ideas! My son has also done the glass/water idea and the guitar in the past. I love the marshmallow and marble ideas!

  3. I like the grass on the G's - I'll have to remember that! You have a lot of good ideas, and I'm going to get "Max the Music Maker" the next time we are at the library. It sounds like a good one. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow! So many great ideas! I love the Fish game and the plastic egg idea. Way to go! I totally wish I had thought of making granola for G week.

  5. Marble painting is so much fun! If you can get a hold of a golf ball you should try it that way too! Make cool textured paintings!

  6. Thanks for sharing this book and all the neat things you guys made from it--a good idea.

    Love the marble painting and marshmallow sculpture ideas too. You do some really creative things for your Tot School!

  7. We do Slow and Steady get me ready activities too! Love it!

  8. It sounds like a wonderful week of sound making and other fun. Marshmallow sculptures are pretty high on our "to do" lists, especially seeing how we have so many marshmallows left from 4th of July :)

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