Friday, September 20, 2013

Tot School: Pink Week!

Sophie is 16 months old.

Well, once again we ended up spending two weeks on the color pink.  Mostly because I didn't have the materials I wanted for our next week yet!  But she did really enjoy these activities and spent lots of time playing with them, even the second week.

Sensory Bin

I struggled finding something to use in her sensory bin.  We've been doing rice for several weeks, and she loves it, but I wanted something different.  So I sent some scrap pink construction and scrapbook paper through the paper shredder and voila!, a sensory bin was born.  I added some pink poms and some pink glass beads ("jewels") and dragonfly figures to the mix and it was ready to go!  She spent TONS of time searching for all the jewels and pulling them out.  We counted those things over and over and over again.  She would put them on the plate, then move them to the bowl, then hand them to Mommy and do it all again.  They were a huge hit.  She didn't even touch the poms and hardly messed with the paper except to search for the jewels, but we had lots of fun with this one.  I'll definitely repeat something similar.

Tot Trays

For once all three Tot Trays were well-loved this week!  Her first tray was a "piggy bank" with wooden discs.  I found this coin bank on clearance for 50 cents after Hobby Lobby cleared out their VBS crafts!  I added a few pink pigs to fit in with our theme and she had a great time.  She figured out how to put the "coins" in the slot pretty quickly and spent lots of time doing it over and over.  The only negative was that I had to get the coins out for her when she had put them all in, and well, for an independent toddler sometimes that wasn't really popular.  :)

Her second tray was several small pink toys and a matching photo of the toy.  I laminated the photos and she matched the toy with the picture.  This was really our first successful matching activity.  She did a great job and I was really impressed that she could match all of them up after a couple days! 

Her third tray was her old faithful peg board.  This is always a favorite, but it was neat to see how she played with it differently as she was a little older than last time.  She liked to make really tall towers of the pegs and seemed to enjoy connecting, disconnecting, and rearranging the pegs.  This was another one that was played with all week, all over the house.  (This was a great one for Daddy to get in on too!  They had fun building tall towers together.)

Other Activities

I left out the rainbow beanbags this week since they were such a hit last week.  They didn't disappoint.  This has been our go to game in the house for a month now!  I'm tempted to put them away so they stay fresh to her, but I also hate to take away something that is played with so often.  Do any of ya'll rotate toys?  Should I just add this one to her regular toy bin for a bit until it becomes unloved?

She also finger painted her pink pig page for her God Made Everything color book, as well as played with the felt pieces for her felt board.  She really enjoyed finger painting this time and seemed to understand more than the last time we did it.  I will have to bust out the paints more often for her.

Our town hosted a Wounded Warriors Retreat this week and they had a big parade of all the Wounded Warriors that came within walking distance of our house.  She had a great time standing by and checking out a fire truck, and especially waving her flag at all the motorcycles and cars in the processional.  I'm so glad we were able to be part of such a special event!  I love this sweet picture taken by a friend!

Up next week: Brown! 

For tons more ideas be sure to visit these sites I'm linking to this week!
Tot School Tuesday at See Vanessa Craft
Tuesday Tots at Rainy Day Mum
Link and Learn at No Time for Flashcards
Show and Share Saturday Link Up at I Can Teach My Child
Trivium Tuesday at Living and Learning at Home
Tender Moments with Toddlers and Preschoolers at The Chaos and the Clutter 
Sunday Showcase at Learn Play Imagine
Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings
TGIF at 123 Homeschool 4 Me


  1. I love the paper shredded idea! I also used your ideas of colors to review red, yellow, and green apples! We also tried a rice sensory bin and it was very successful! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Jessica! It was so easy and inexpensive to do and she really enjoyed digging through it! I LOVED your apple stuff - it was great! :)

  2. Just wanted to let you know I am following your blog religiously - my daughter is 9 months and I'm loving your inspiration as I build our Year 1 curriculum.

    1. Thank you so much for following! :) I have found it so helpful to follow blogs that are a bit ahead of my daughter - that's where I find my best ideas! Would love to see what you end up doing with your daughter!

  3. These are so much fun -- all of them! Love the sensory bin. We started Tot School when my son was 16 months and it's crazy to think of how quickly time flies (he's 27 months now!). Love all these activities!


    1. Lindsay, thank you so much for stopping by! I love reading about your tot school adventures with your son. You have great ideas that I hope to be able to use as she gets a bit older! :)

  4. The sensory bin is so creative, I love the shredded paper. We may have to start color weeks soon.

  5. I notice that she's wearing a recycled adult t-shirt for her finger painting. I love the ribbon!