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Solar System Theme Play

I’ve added a new feature to the blog and have become an Amazon affiliate! Please note: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon products and I may receive a small commission for providing links to these products. Space is probably my favorite theme for tot school! It was really fun with Calvin this year because… Continue reading Solar System Theme Play

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Construction Theme Week

A couple of weeks ago I brought home a new set of construction vehicle toys for Calvin and he was totally into them. I had been in kind of a rut with planning Tot School themes, so I decided to run with his newfound interest. Here are some fun construction-ish themed activities we did! When we… Continue reading Construction Theme Week

Activity Roundup · Sensory Play · Tot Play

Exploring our 5 Senses

Before I get started writing about our 5 senses activities, I want to take a sec to clarify what I mean when I say “Tot School.” The name “Tot School” was coined by homeschool mom and blogger, Carisa, from the website 1+1+1=1. Here’s Carisa’s quick definition of Tot School: “Tot School isn’t really school at all,… Continue reading Exploring our 5 Senses

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Guess That Scent! Sensory Play

Smells like snack time! Yes, we’re still talking about our 5 senses around here, and now we’re exploring our sense of smell. I put together this little smelling guessing game for the boys using some of their favorite foods and some paper cups. Super simple! (Just the way I like our tot school activities!!) I… Continue reading Guess That Scent! Sensory Play

Activity Roundup · Holiday Activities · Tot Play

6 Ways to Play with Conversation Hearts

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! We got our cards mailed out to C & H’s grandparents yesterday. Hope they arrive in time!! This year I was being really stingy about spending money on Valentines toys or craft supplies. So I bought two bags of conversation hearts for $1 each, and I set out… Continue reading 6 Ways to Play with Conversation Hearts

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Textured Finger Paint

I had to really give myself a pep-talk before doing this activity with my kids because I was having a sensory aversion moment imagining the mess that could ensue from this brilliant, crazy idea! As I was brainstorming tactile sensory play, trying to think of new ways I could get the boys exploring different textures,… Continue reading Textured Finger Paint

Activity Roundup · Holiday Activities · Tot Play

Toddler Play for Valentine’s Day

I loooove Valentine’s Day! I pink-puffy-heart Valentine’s Day! And I love the excuse to put together pink and red and sparkly crafts and activities for Calvin and Henry! With V-day two weeks away, James pulled out our box of Valentine odds and ends leftover from our activities last year, and I went through pics of those activities to… Continue reading Toddler Play for Valentine’s Day

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Blind Puzzle Hunt: Blindfold + Sensory Bin + Puzzle

We’re doing touch/tactile activities as part of a 5 senses theme, and I wanted to come up with an activity that would really get Calvin relying on his sense of touch. I set out to do this activity where I put the pieces to a puzzle into a sensory bin and have him dig them… Continue reading Blind Puzzle Hunt: Blindfold + Sensory Bin + Puzzle

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“Sensory Play” with Henry

The deal with what I call “sensory play” is that it’s intended to be particularly stimulating to the senses in some way. Sensory play has been found to help with kids’ brain development, motor skills, spatial intelligence, and even picky eating. Here’s a PBS article about sensory play and here’s an article about sensory processing and… Continue reading “Sensory Play” with Henry

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Warm Sensory Play for a Cold Day

Or: That time the heater broke during a cold snap. That’s right. The heater in our rental house stopped working yesterday as the temperature outside was quickly dropping for a particularly cold night. Bad timing. The repair guy came over in the evening, but couldn’t get into the crawl space under the house to check… Continue reading Warm Sensory Play for a Cold Day