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Summer Time Fun - Young Toddler

Posted by on June 24, 2021 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It's summer time in our classroom and there have been many ways that we have been enjoying it! The children are having two opportunities to splash around in the pools this week and there is a new splash pad to play in as well. Some of the children are enjoying it a little more than others but all are coming around to it and are splashing and having a ton of fun while outside. Art activities have them making rainbow suncatchers with contact paper and tissue paper, making a large sun with their handprints and drawing on paper with chalk. They are using their fine motor skills to thread beads onto string and using tongs to try to pick up insects and drop them into containers. Language time has been a lot of fun too - bingo dabbers on the letter "s", stamping with different letter stamps and reading lots of books about the summer and the different ways people can celebrate it with their families. Sprinkled into all of this is science time where they will get a chance to feel the difference between hot and cold using ice and warm water. It has been a fun, busy week with a lot of new experiences and next week promises to be as much fun when we celebrate our country with the America the Beautiful theme!

What About Those Dads! - Young Toddler

Posted by on June 17, 2021 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been a fun week with many activities that have centered around the father's and father figures in their lives and the children have loved every minute of it. They did a dance to a Father's Day chicka chicka boom boom tune and it was really cute! They have heard lots of new stories and songs that have been a huge hit and of course, they all made their daddies a special gift. For their fine motor activities, they played with pounding benches, shape sorters, scooped rice from one container to another, let cars go zooming down tubes and puzzles. Gross motor activities had them rolling balls down ramps and shaking a tub with their friends that had golf balls, paint and foil in it to make an interesting art product in the end. Art activities had them painting with brushes and chalking on paper. They had a chance to take occupation people out of a box while the teacher talked about what they had "found" - they loved it! Together with the teacher they have been building block towers and moving a parachute up and down. So busy but so much fun! We will swim twice next week - we will let you know how they did and how much fun they have. Let's hope for some nice warm weather!

Exploring Under the Sea - Young Toddler

Posted by on June 10, 2021 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Attached ribbons and yarn to jellyfish contact paper


Waffle blocks to practice patterning, playdough and seashells for pressing and making designs while working fingers and fish bowl color matching to practice color recognition.

Motor Development

Coral Reef Hop- The children hopped from reef to reef to practice leg/feet movements and feet leaving the floor.


the Pout Pout Fish, Barnacle is Bored and Ten Splishly Splashy Fish

Friday is swim day- Tomorrow

Supe Hero Fun! - Young Toddler

Posted by on June 3, 2021 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been all about superheroes this week and the children have had a blast! For art activities, they put their hand prints on paper and tomorrow they will make a shield with paper plates and stars! Their fine motor skills have been practiced by trying their hand at fixing rubber bands onto yogurt containers and manipulating home made playdoh. For a fun science experiment, they will watch watch what happens when blown up balloons are filled with baking soda and vinegar, stay tuned for the results! We have been singing all kinds of fun songs that get them up and moving and listening to fun stories in books and the felt board (Little Red Riding Hood was a big hit). All of this while working on table manners and playing outside with all of our friends! Next week, we will be having fun learning about the animals under the sea and we start swimming!

Camping - Young Toddler

Posted by on May 28, 2021 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Camping"


The children painted with marshmallows by dipping in paint and stamping on paper, worked with and explored with tissue paper and contact by placing on top to stick and make a "Campfire".


The children explores with insect counters by naming insect and color and Explores with various toys by pressing onto playdough to make animal tracks.

Motor Development

The children used Lincoln Logs to manipulate and make their own creations, work and strengthen their finger and hand manipulation with new activities.


We added a tent for the children to play in this week


Huggly Goes Camping, penguins Love Colors, Ten Chirpy Chicks and Curious George Goes Camping

Circus Time - Young Toddler

Posted by on May 20, 2021 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It is circus time in our room and we have been having so much fun! Many of the art activities centered around gluing - they made a clown hat by gluing pom poms on it, they glued cotton balls onto a paper tube to make cotton candy and then they glued paper strips and paper popcorn to make a popcorn box. So much fun! The children also used bingo dabbers on paper and chalk on the patio outside. To get them up and moving, an animal movement song was played for them to move like all the different animals. Fine motor activities had them building with blocks, snapping blocks together, manipulating play dough, and dropping tickets into containers. All of this while reading books about the circus - animals and all the different sights and smells that they might see while there. It has been a week full of sights and sounds and lots of discovery. Next week, the children will get to experience the outdoors while activities will be all about camping!

All about Gardening - Young Toddler

Posted by on May 13, 2021 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Gardening"


The children painted with artificial flowers on paper with paint and stamped with bundles of celery to make make prints with paint.


The children explored with veggie counters as they named each one with teach help, made mud by adding water to trays with soil to explore and shape sorters with shape containers to practice matching.

Fine Motor

The children explored with veggie counters and soil in baggies and wipes potatoes down with rags to scrub for manipulation of hands/fingers and eye- hand coordination.

Veggie Toss

The children took turns tossing different veggies in a large basket by naming first, tossing and taking turns


The Surprise Garden, Mrs. Spitzer's Garden, Growing Vegetables, Flower Garden and The Enormous Carrot

Moms are Special - Young Toddler

Posted by on May 6, 2021 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

It is all about those special women in our life this week as we celebrate Mother's Day. They have been busy stacking blocks, fitting shaped blocks into correct positions with our shape sorters, and fitting together waffle blocks, all of which they love to try and do on their own. They were also given large dominos to stack and that turned out to be a real discovery for them and they loved it. They helped hold a parachute while it moved up and down and most loved being underneath it as it came back down. While outside, they loved to "race" each other back and forth on the patio and the more that participated, the more fun it turned out to be! Their fine motor activity had them trying to put pom poms into ice cube tray slots, which is much more fun when you can dump it back out again! All of this while reading books like "Mommy and Me" and listening to songs like "Do You Know My Mommy?". As the week finishes up, they will be coloring with crayons and jumping from flower to flower on the classroom floor. It has been a fun week all about their moms!

Planes, Trains and Cars! - Young Toddler

Posted by on April 29, 2021 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Transportation"


the children painted with cars by dipping in paint and rolling on paper, Made traffic lights by gluing on red, yellow and green circles to black paper, made air plane in the clouds by gluing cotton balls and air plane die cuts and tomorrow the children will glue various train shapes on paper

Motor Development

Music and movement to 'Drive My Car" and "Wheels on the Bus" and "Airplane song", Traffic light bean bag toss and Ring around the Rosie in the great room, vehicle puzzles and sand with construction vehicles


Ramps with cars- observing how fast/slow they go,


Traffic light bean bag Toss- The children threw colored bean bags while naming the color bean bag and Ring around the Rosie in the great room. all the children held hands while moving round in a circle singing and falling down.

Fun with Recycling - Young Toddler

Posted by on April 22, 2021 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

It is all about Earth day and recycling this week and the children have had some fun exploring different items that are normally reserved for recycling. They had opportunities to stack up different sized boxes and then crawl in and out of some as well. For their art, they made an Earth replica by sticking blue and green tissue paper onto an Earth template drawn onto contact paper, they stamped with 2-liter bottles, decorated milk jugs to later turn into homemade watering cans for their plants they had recently planted, and colored with markers on paper. They had the opportunity to use clean yogurt containers to drop vegetable counters into and dump them back out again and they practiced tossing balls into the same boxes that they had recently crawled in and out of. For a fun science experiment, they watched "dancing rice" - it was a mixture of colored water, baking soda rice and vinegar. They loved watching it put together and then watching the final outcome! They also had a go at trying to pick up popsicle sticks with tongs and some even tried stacking them up on top of each other. They all have been busy experiencing different ways to explore unfamiliar items and it has been a lot of fun! Next week should be really exciting - everything to do with transportation, cars and trucks galore!