Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tot School: M is for Mouse (31 Months)

Tot School
Jonathan is 31 Months Old

This week was a little slower, but we still had lots of fun! We finished up the letter M by talking about mice and other related "m" words. 

Bible

This is the most important part of our week-- I'm trying to fit in our Bible story and crafts before I fit in any letter of the week activities. This week, we learned about the Exodus and God giving manna in the wilderness. I'll share the specifics of the lesson on Weds but we did a couple activities based on the stories:

We did a papercraft of Moses parting the Red Sea
We made manna cookies:


Check back in on Wednesday for our next Kids in the Word post!

Stories, Nursery Rhymes & Read Alouds: 


Our bookshelf for the week
I haven't written up our thoughts on the books we read this week, but here are some highlights:


Gross Motor Skills 

We had another beautiful week! We spent time outside playing golf, catch, soccer and spending time with friends who came to play. 

We also went to our local forest preserve and took a nice walk (about a mile) had a picnic by the pond. Jonathan loved this. (Grace did too!)


Larry the Cucumber went everywhere with us this week. 


It ended up being a little nature study-- we saw geese, fish, ducks, seagulls, birds, and butterflies! Jonathan and I fed the ducks (and the fish) and he had so much fun doing this! 

Art 

In addition to our Moses craft, we painted with watercolors this week:  


And we made playdough mice using cookie cutters


And we mixed playdough to make new colors: orange, green and purple! (as in Mouse Paint)


And made mouse houses out of shapes (like Mouse Shape)


And then made a snake (like Mouse Count):



Science 

We made Magic Muck this week. We made it in the secondary colors, once again mixing primary colors to see the colors they made. 



The recipe was from a book called The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions:


3/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup water
food coloring

1. Mix water and food coloring together.
2. Slowly add cornstarch- do not stir!
3. Let stand for 2-3 minutes.
4. Pick up a handful and squeeze it until it forms a hard ball.

Magic Muck turns from a solid to a liquid and back again. We had a lot of fun mixing it up. Jonathan enjoyed playing with it, but didn't fully understand the whole solid/liquid thing. We may pull this out another time.


So that's what Jonathan and I did this past week. I'm linking up to these linky parties. Head on over to get more fun ideas for your toddlers and preschoolers!

6 comments:

Beth Anne said...

The goop "recipe" keeps popping up, I think we'll have to make some this week!

Kirby said...

I responded on my blog under the comments, but here it is again: Great, Amanda! I hope you have fun using them!
My friend and I organized a swap with 24 other ladies that you can read about here: http://planetoftheapels.blogspot.com/2011/07/toddler-busy-bag-swap.html

We'll be featuring all of the busy bags included in our swap over the next two weeks here: http://planetoftheapels.blogspot.com/search/label/busy%20bag%20swap and here: http://codyandchelseagroves.blogspot.com/search/label/busy%20bag

P.S. I like your playdough mice!

Jennifer said...

LOVE the mouse cookie cutters!! We're planning on doing a mouse theme this week, but I don't think I'll find a cookie cutter in time!! Such a GREAT theme!! Thank you for sharing!

Visiting from the Tot School blog hop! Have a great week!

Debbie said...

Such a fun week!!! Thanks so much for sharing, and thanks for stopping by our blog. The calender pieces from our morning board came from Homeschool Creations. Here is the direct link:

http://homeschoolcreations.com/CalendarMorningBoard.html

Have a great week!

Our Country Road said...

Thank you for sharing the Moses craft-that's a great one!! Love your little mouse! Great week, thank you for linking up!

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

we just read & did sctivities with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Moose a Muffin! So fun! Like the mice - very cute.

Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase! Hope to see you again this week!

Bern
http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Showcase

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