First off I would like to share our new "keeping healthy" process for outside. :-)
This has been floating around Pinterest. What a great idea! Have the tissue and trash right there! Use double sided tape or hot glue to attach two boxes of tissue to each other. Then rubberband together for additional support. I created a visual to put on the front for my preschoolers. I plan on laminating the label and attaching with sticky tac so that it can be reused. I imagine that the boxes will need to be replaced eventually. :-) Someone had the thought of attaching a small bottle of sanitizer...I like that idea also, but I have a large one that needs to be used up. I might create a little "box" on the side for a small pump bottle sanitizer in the future so that it's all one piece for easy transferring.
I is for Igloo
A great fine motor/scissors activity. Reinforce upper and lowercase letter I.
I is for Ice Transfer
A Word about Puzzles
We had a puzzle day over the weekend. Recently I found some puzzles on sale...then 2 more boxes on clearance at another store and that same week one of Donnie's coworkers gave him a box of 4-100 piece puzzles for the boys. So! :-) I love puzzles and wish I had a space in my house to keep one up all the time. A large one at the kitchen table really doesn't work well. Cuts our workspace for daily activities in half and messes up our supper routine. :-D Well, some day maybe I'll have a puzzle table we can keep a puzzle going without getting in our way!
Anyway...we have a ton of puzzles...from wooden knob puzzles, to foam puzzles to 4 piece+ jigsaws. One thing we do with jigsaws is to flip them over at the end of the first time putting them together and writing a couple letters or a symbol on each piece to represent the puzzle title. That way when a piece gets left out on the floor (which it will!) then we better know where they go. It's wise to label the box with the corresponding symbol. A word about puzzles and preschoolers...give them a chance! I have a set of 12 piece alphabet puzzles that we work with frequently but seeing a preschooler capable of a 24 piece jigsaw is not uncommon. :-) Here's one we did today...
Yesterday, we did the 12 piece Letter I puzzle so today I pulled out a 24 piece color wheel puzzle we got at a dollar store (they aren't always the best quality coming from the dollar store but this one wasn't bad!). This was to reinforce the cool colors vs. warm colors lesson we had yesterday. They did well working together. One reminding them that "That can't go there it's has a straight part." and another reminding "We need to look for the same colors."
Toddler Color Sorting
I find that having "tray work" out for Mr. T. here really helps our morning go successfully. There are activities he's just not ready for or doesn't spend as much time with so having a variety of trays out for him to work with independently is very beneficial. And since there is a big possibility we'll be homeschooling next school year...I wish for him to get accustomed to independent tray work. Use one tray at a time, putting the tray back, etc. Here I provided a variety of colorful items. I placed one item in each section of the tray and he sorted the rest of them. After he got over the fact that it was sort by object vs. sort by color...this activity really appealed to his natural sense of order. :-)
Puzzles and Toddlers
Since we are on the subject of puzzles and toddlers...
These types of puzzles are great vocabulary builders. He was manipulating/playing with the puzzle pieces and he'd show me one and I'd sing a little song to go with it. Kind of like Old MacDonald's Farm. Oh the simple things like adding a song. :-P They love it and it's very beneficial!