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Over the last month we have been learning all about the ocean/beach. Hailey made a lapbook about dolphins, so I decided to have Hunter make his first lapbook too- or a tot book, since he’s a toddler. I knew just where to go to find a good tot book to make for Hunter. When Hailey was a toddler she made her first tot book about Veggie Tales using 1+1+1=1, so I decided to look there to try to find something to make with Hunter. Of course, I found a perfect Ocean Animals Tot Book!
The cover for our Tot Book
Here is the completed Ocean Animals Tot Book.
Hunter colored the different ocean animals different colors for the accordion book part of the tot book. This was the only part of the tot book where he had to do anything before I put it together, the rest of it was just me cutting things out and putting them together.
Hunter seemed pretty pleased when he looked inside.
These are the cards from “Match the Animals.”
Hunter handing me the card that matched the one I showed him.
Looking through the letters in the “Ocean Animals ABCs.” This does not include the entire alphabet- only 8 letters- which is perfect for a toddler.
Hunter loved the counting book “How Many Animals in the Sea?” He counts to 3, so he enjoyed doing that. The book goes up to 5, which again is perfect for a toddler.
Hunter looking over the colors in his “Coloring Ocean Animals” book.
This Tot Book was a lot of fun and Hunter really enjoys it! I have left it out where he can get it and I have found him looking at it several times. I made the cover for it, but you can get all of the other printables to make it from 1+1+1=1.
We spent the month of July learning all about the ocean and doing lots of ocean art projects. Throughout the month, Hailey also worked on a dolphin unit from Amanda Bennett Unit Studies. It was the first time we used one of her units and we both really enjoyed it. It’s amazing how much I learned right along with Hailey.
The first thing Hailey did was make a KWL chart. (This was just something we did, it was not included in the unit.)
Using the recommendations in the unit study, we borrowed a bunch of dolphin books from the library.
Hailey liked being able to work outside.
Making a piece for the lapbook
We kept all of the papers that Hailey did in this binder.
The cover for the lapbook we made. I got this cover from Homeschool Share.
The inside of the lapbook. Everything in here is from the Amanda Bennett Unit Study except the “How Long Are They?” piece.
Close up of the left flap- “How Long Are They” is from Homeschool Share.
Here are some of the vocabulary words included. There were other more challenging words for older students.
The accordion style book showing different colors that dolphins can be.
We had a lot of fun doing this unit and making this lapbook! We all learned so much!!
Hunter is 19.5 months old.
Well, several weeks have gotten away from me again without a Tot School post. That’s what summer vacation will do to ya! Anyway, here is what Hunter did over the last few weeks.
Our color for the month of July was purple, so Hunter got to use the do-a-dot markers and make a purple picture. I definitely slacked in the color teaching department though and we didn’t do very many purple related activities.
Our theme during the month of July was ocean/beach. Here are some of the projects we made:
Hunter painted a whale.
The whales turned out cute! You can see the whole post here.
He painted some popsicle sticks to make a fish.
Hunter’s finished Popsicle Stick Fish- see the whole post here.
Next we made jellyfish, and Hunter had fun painting his paper bowl.
I turned around for a few seconds…
and Hunter had fun painting his face.
I guess he wanted to make sure I knew how the paint got there.
Our completed Jellyfish- see the whole post here.
We made a fish craft snack, which Hunter ate before I could take a picture of it
Here are the ones that Hailey and I made- they were cute and yummy.
Hunter loves when we do activities and crafts. When he sees me getting things out, preparing to make something, he has to look and see what I’m doing. Then he’ll say, “Paint” and “Coat,” which is what he calls his smock.
Hunter and Hailey working on painting to make a Killer Whale.
Completed Killer Whales- see full post here.
Hunter loved feeling the stickiness of the contact paper for our Fish Aquariums.
Completed Fish Aquariums- see full post here.
Stop by 1+1+1=1 to see what the other tots were up to this week.
The craft we made this week was so easy and there was no mess involved at all!
Here is what you’ll need:
scrap construction paper
scrapbook paper (although you could easily use construction paper instead)
Fold the scrapbook paper in half and cut a square out of the middle.
Put contact paper on the back of your frame, sticky side up.
Cut out pieces to go in the aquarium using the scrap construction paper.
Hailey very carefully adding all of her pieces to her aquarium.
Hunter liked feeling how sticky the contact paper was, but he did eventually put his pieces on.
Hailey helped Hunter add some eyes to his fish. As she would add an eye he would point to another fish and say, “Another one.”
I added another piece of contact paper over the the top of the fish. Then Hailed added some air bubbles.
Our finished fish aquariums.
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