Tot School

Lia is 18 months old

This past week, we’ve been preparing Lia for her little Tot Tray times when Vivienne will be learning Phonics and math. So, in the morning, we’d take her downstairs, help her get a tray and teach her how to play with the tray. She became more and more independent through the week. We have one more “practice” week before the first day of Kindergarten. Here are the trays she enjoyed this week:

A small vanity set to develop motor control and body-part recognition:

pull the gloves out of the purse, “put gloves on”, put a hat (or puffy head-band) on your head, “paint your fingernails”, “put on lipstick”, put sunglasses on your eyes, brush your hair

Ice-Cream Shop! Scoop the correct color “ice-cream” into the corresponding bowl. Lia loved serving Vivienne her lemon ice cream: over and over again!

Marbles: place a marble in each groove.

I tried to keep a close eye on this one… since Lia still does put tempting little nick-knacks in her mouth. I must admit that one or two marbles are missing after a week’s play. (gulp!) They haven’t shown up in a diaper yet, so my guess is that they’re in a couch cushion.

Stars and Moons: Poke the stars and moons onto the sticks!

(I use my box of “Pick-up-Sticks” for so many tot trays.)

Popsicle Color Match: We’ll revisit this one over and over again.

Check out more Tot Tray ideas for various ages through 1+1+1=1 Tot School!






8 responses to “Tot School”

  1. Cathy Avatar

    Where did you get those ice cream scoops and marble tray items? Those are so cool!

    Cathy aka The Attached Mama

  2. Susana Avatar

    Thanks for all of these great ideas. My tot will be 18 months old next month. I want to introduce our trays soon, but will probably have to wait a bit longer than I’d like because we are expecting our fourth any day now:-). I am definitely bookmarking these ideas though!

    Thank you!

  3. Carisa Avatar

    SOOOO cute!!!! I love seeing her in action, and I lvoe your tray ideas!!!!

  4. erin marie Avatar
    erin marie

    UN- BELIEVABLE! I just saw those same exact icecream scoops at goodwill the other day. no lie!
    I almost got them too.

    I miss you all.

  5. Grandmom Ruthie Avatar
    Grandmom Ruthie

    Do you plan to stay in the same room with both girls when you begin homeschooling?

  6. Sarah Avatar

    Love the ice cream tray very cute idea.

  7. Rachel Avatar

    Laura, those are AWESOME activities! Seriously so cute and clever and creative!

  8. Kari Avatar

    you can just see the wheels turning in that little head! Vivienne appears to have some teacher aspirations of her own.

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