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Tot School

19
Jan

Tot School

Hunter is 13 months old.

We had a great week at Tot School this week!  We are still focusing on farm animals and learning body parts.  Hunter is starting to point to his eyes, nose and mouth when asked.  Although he usually misses his eyes and ends up pointing to the side of his head :-)

Hunter reading a book about farm animals.  This is a Lego book and comes with pieces to build the different farm animals.

After we read the book together we built the animals and then Hunter had fun playing with them.

Hunter worked on his farm animal puzzle.

Hailey helped me make a book about feelings for Hunter.  (Actual post about the whole process here.)

Hunter LOVED the book!  He carried it around and looked at it and when he saw Hailey in the pictures he would say “Hay-Yee!”

I tried to show Hunter how much fun it would be to stack some blocks.  He wasn’t interested, and as you can see he ran away so fast he ended up being a blur… which pretty much sums up how fast he always moves hahaha.

He did hold still for a few seconds so he could taste one of the blocks, but he did not want to stack them.  Of course a couple days later when my camera wasn’t nearby he decided to practice stacking.

Hunter painted for the first time this week.  He painted with farm animals, and he had a great time.  It wasn’t too bad at all, the mess was very minimal.

He had to check out his hands when he was done, he was interested in the different colors on his hands.

We had lots of fun together this week!!  This age is so fun!!

Check out other fun Tot School posts at 1+1+1=1.

Painting With Farm Animals

18
Jan

I decided to be brave and let Hunter have his first experience at painting.  So, one day before he turned 13 months he painted for the first time.

We used paint, card stock, a paper plate and some farm animals.  Also, not pictured is tape.
I taped the card stock to the table so it would stay in place for Hunter.  I put a tiny bit of paint on the paper plate and then rubbed the bottom of the animals in the paint and then showed Hunter how to use it to stamp the paint on the paper.

When Hunter realized what he was doing he was quite pleased.

He worked for a little while and then ripped the paper off the table :-)

I re-secured the paper and then he painted some more.

He stopped to yell “Hay-Yee” which is how he says Hailey.  I think he wanted her to come and see what he was doing, but she was at school.

Of course he had to check out his hands and see what was on them.

Overall it was actually a lot of fun.  I only gave him a tiny bit of paint, so it didn’t really get messy at all.  He just had a little on his hands, but that was the only place he got it on himself.  The picture he made turned out adorable and is hanging on our refrigerator :-)

Hunter’s First Week of Tot School

12
Jan

Tot School

Hunter is 12.5 Months

This is Hunter’s first week of Tot School!  He turned 1 back in December and now that the holidays are over we are ready to settle into a nice routine.  Hailey starred in many Tot School posts but I didn’t start with her when she was this young.  So, I’ve been busy searching for ideas to use with a 12 month old.  Here is how our first week went:

The things I am focusing on this week (and for however long Hunter stays interested) are: body parts and farm animals.

I put this picture up for Hunter to look at so we can practice body parts.  He was trying to point to “eyes.”  Mostly he just wanted to pull it off the wall.

He gave himself a little hug and said, “awwww.”

Hunter LOVES this book about farm animals.  He points to an animal and then waits for me to make the animal noise.  When I ask him what noise an animal makes he smiles and either says “baaa” or “mooo” no matter which animal it is.

Hunter had fun playing with the animals in his barn.

This next activity was pretty simple. I put some shaving cream in a Ziploc bag, pushed most of the air out, and sealed it shut.

Hunter checked out the bag: he squeezed it, felt it, used it as a phone and held it up to his ear to talk, smelled it, etc. When he was done doing that, I added some farm animals.

I pushed the animals on to the bag to show Hunter how it left an indentation, so he did the same thing.

This kept Hunter busy for a while (well, a while for a 1 year old!) and he seemed to really enjoy it!

This was Hailey’s when she was younger and Hunter had never seen it before- he thought it was great!!

We also made some Discovery Bottles this week:

Hailey helped make the bottles, and decided she should make one for herself too.

The one on the left is water and glitter.  Next is water, vegetable oil, blue food coloring (we used too much, we probably only needed a few drops) and sequence.  The next one also has water, vegetable oil, and sequence, but Hailey added pink food coloring to this one.  The last one has just sequence in it- this one seems to be Hunter’s favorite, probably because it makes noise.

He loves the discovery bottles!

I think Hunter’s first week of Tot School was a success!  Stop by 1+1+1=1 to see some more Tot School Posts.

Farm Animal Fun

10
Jan

This is my first post on Our Crafts ~N~ Things starring Hunter.  Hunter turned 1 in December and now that the holidays are over, we can settle into a routine and start doing some planned activities.  Our first “theme” is going to be Farm Animals- Hunter loves farm animals, and really what toddler doesn’t?!

Our first activity was pretty simple.  I put some shaving cream in a Ziploc bag, pushed most of the air out, and sealed it shut.

Hunter checked out the bag: he squeezed it, felt it, used it as a phone and held it up to his ear to talk, smelled it, etc.  When he was done doing that, I added some farm animals.

I pushed the animals on to the bag to show Hunter how it left an indentation, so he did the same thing.

This kept Hunter busy for a while (well, a while for a 1 year old!) and he seemed to really enjoy it!

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