How much fun would it be to a host a Winter-themed Tot School?
Grab a few of your favorite tots, round up things you (probably) have laying around your house and get to learning!
Trays are always a great thing to have out when hosting a play date because they can be rotated around and can be done independently or in pairs.
1. Winter Birds: I found some bird beads at a craft store and put them in a bowl. Then, I set out a bowl of rice (or "snow") and a slotted spoon. First the child hides the birds in the rice and then tries to catch them by carefully using the spoon.
2. Winter Dough: Make up a batch of play dough (or buy some!) and set out everything they need to build a snowman. We use pipe cleaners snipped short for arms, glass pebbles for eyes, and pony beads for mouths. Small buttons, shells, and pompoms are also fun!
3. Snowball Hide: Get those little finger muscles moving! Put out a pill box and bowl of tiny white pompoms. The child has to open each door and pop a pompom in (Dollar Tree has GREAT pill boxes!).
Snowflakes are so much fun, even if you live where it NEVER snows! Ha!
For the first set, I hot glued popsicle sticks together and set out sequins. They used regular white glue to decorate!
The other snowflakes were made by bending pipe cleaners over each other and stringing pony beads onto each "arm." Moms worked to fold the tips over so that no one got hurt.
1. Sorting Snowballs by Size: I used three different sized pompoms, a pair of tongs from the Dollar Tree and three small bowls. Kids worked to sort the pompoms by size!
2. Tonging Snowballs: Paint trays are so fun and versatile! For this, kids could tong the snowballs or, if they seemed ready, pattern the snowballs by color (I used marbles but you could also use pompoms).
So what do you think? Could you host a Winter-themed tot school?
Written by Jill