Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tot School

~Smiley is currently 16 months old~

Tot School

Unfortunately, I didn't take many pictures of our tot school this week. Here are the few that I did take.

Smiley had a great time feeding the turtles with daddy.

We practiced opening and closing with many different objects.

Smiley loves his little pom poms. We transferred them into many different containers. In this picture, he is dropping them into a water bottle.

We did a few art projects with stickers this week. He likes to stick them on the paper and then try to peel them back off.

If you would like to read more about what other tots are up to, please check out Carisa's blog at 1plus1plus1equals1.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tot Food

Here is one of the lunches Smiley had this week: Whole Wheat pasta with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, steamed carrots and halved grapes. What's on your tot's plate? Please share your ideas on totallytots.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Tot School

~Smiley is currently 16 months old~

Tot School

We had a fun tot school week and did quite a few activities both inside and outside.

I really like our pom poms. They are a very versatile tot school item and work well for Smiley's age range. Although, he does try to eat them occasionally ;) Here, Smiley transferred the pom poms into his sippy cup.

Smiley transferred pom poms to this silicone muffin pan that I won at a baby shower last week. It turnes out to be quite a good tot school item.
Smiley flipped the muffing pan over and proceeded to putting the pom poms in the little holes on top of the muffin molds. Wow, an even better fine motor activity he came up with on his own :)

Smiley's vocabulary has increased a lot over the last couple of months. For the past couple of weeks he learned pointing to and saying different body parts. So far, he can point to and say: hair, nose, ears, eyes, teeth, belly, arm and hands.

We worked on fine motor skills quite a bit again this week. Smiley worked on sticking toothpicks in a parmesan shaker. He did really well with this activity.

We also did a few activities with pipe cleaners this week. We practiced sticking the pipe cleaners in our dishwasher basket and in a water bottle.

Smiley is obsessed with our little screwdriver. He often sees daddy changing the batteries of his toys and then asks for the screwdriver himself. He goes from toy to toy screwing away :) It's really cute actually.

We did a lot of water play this week. Smiley absolutely loves the water. These pictures were taken at a trip to California Adventure.

We practiced spooning pasta from one bowl to another with a measuring cup. This was pretty difficult for him. Next time, we may try it with dried beans or lentils.

He then transferred the pasta with his hands into this measuring cup. Much easier :)

We go to the playground and park every afternoon so Smiley can run around and go on the slides and swings. However, one of Smiley's favorite activities is sticking the little wood chips through the holes in the steps of the monkey bars. He's even doing tot school, fine motor activities on the playground ;)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tot Food

I forgot to take pictures of Smiley's lunches this week and only snapped pictures of one meal. This day, we had whole wheat pasta with lots of spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and white beans. For dessert was fresh pineapple.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

~Smiley is currently 16 months old~

Tot School

We had fun walking around a Chinese Garden early in the week. Smiley loved to look at the fish and other animals...

The best part however, were their kid fountains. So much fun playing in the water!

We practiced fine motor skills by transferring straws into this sport bottle.

He had fun coloring with jumbo crayons.

However, putting them back into their box was just a lot more fun :)

We painted with dot paint.

He had fun stacking pegs.

The pegboard was a little tricky because it requires you to push the pegs in pretty hard. We may have to get another pegboard until Smiley is a little older.

We got a new puzzle this week that requires him to match two pieces by color. We haven't really figured this out yet though :)

But you can just chew on it....

Smiley was a great helper this week. He likes to help mommy unload the dishwasher and is usually in charge of the flatware (minus the knives) and the tupper ware.

putting the flatware in the right drawer. Now we just have to learn to put the spoons with the spoons and the forks with the forks.

He even helped mommy clean the floors...

We worked with little pom poms this week. Smiley transferred them into egg holders. This was pretty difficult for him, but he managed to do it.

Of course, stacking the egg holders is great fun too!

Smiley absolutely loves to dance. It doesn't matter what the tune, he will dance to it. Here, he has just turned on his leap frog fridge dj, and is dancing to one of their songs.

We did some more dot painting later in the week. Smiley made this paintaing for his Nena's birthday next week.

Smiley really likes music and he learned how to blow a whistle. He now wants to practice his new skill almost every day ;)

If you would like to read more tot school posts, please visit Carisa's blog at 1plus1plus1equals1.