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Tot School

08
Jun

Tot School

Hunter is 17.5 months old.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I have really been slacking on my blogging.  These next few weeks are going to be super busy too!  This time of year always seems like there is just so much going on.

Our theme for Tot School was dinosaurs and the color orange.

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We made an orange discovery bottle.  It’s filled with lots of fun stuff, and as long as I make sure to include some beads so that it makes noise when he shakes it, Hunter is happy.

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Hunter used his dinosaurs to make some orange foot prints.

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Hunter loved using the dinosaur stamps.

Volcano Eruption

He made an erupting volcano (original post here.)

Model Magic Dinosaur Fossil

He enjoyed making dinosaur footprints in some model magic (original post here).  This kept his attention for a very long time!

Dinosaur Diorama

We played a game with some vocabulary words for Hailey.  Hunter loved jumping from one dinosaur footprint to another.

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Hailey read Hunter some dinosaur books.

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One evening while my parents were babysitting they made a ramp out of a pizza box.  Hunter thought it was great to drive his cars down the ramp.

One of the reasons I was busy- we went to the ocean… so here is some “real life” tot school:

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Hunter experiencing the ocean for the first time.

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He loved playing with the sand.

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He thought the waves were fun too, as long as they didn’t splash him too much.  He called the ocean “bubbles.”

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We had a great time and made lots of wonderful memories!!

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Model Magic Dinosaur Fossils

29
May

Last week we made dinosaur fossils, and while they turned out like I expected, Hailey was disappointed that she could not play with her fossil since it was breakable.  So, my solution was to make another dinosaur fossil, this time using Model Magic instead of Plaster of Paris.

Dinosaur Fossil Activity

First up, press a dinosaur into some Model Magic

Hunter loved this!!  He spent a very long time making footprints in his piece.

Once you are happy with how it looks, just leave it out to dry.  If you just let it air dry it will take several days.

Hailey’s completed t-rex fossil.

Super simple, and they can be played with.

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Poppins Book Nook- Dinosaur Fun!

27
May

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I am so excited to be a part of the Poppins Book Nook!  This is our first month joining in the fun.  Each month a different theme is picked and then everyone picks a book that relates to the theme and then creates some activities to go along with the book.

Dinosaurs Before Dark

We picked “Dinosaurs Before Dark” by Mary Pope Osborne for our book.  Hailey has just recently started reading chapter books, so she has been really excited that she can read these books on her own.  If you haven’t read this book before- it’s a series about a brother and sister, Jack and Annie.  This is the first book in the series where Jack and Annie discover a tree house.  There are lots of books in the tree house and when Jack is looking at one about dinosaurs he wishes that he could see a real pteranodon.  Suddenly Jack and Annie end up in the days of dinosaurs and of course, an adventure begins.  I love the Magic Tree House series- they are fun, fictional stories but with lots of opportunities for learning about history added in.

We decided to make a dinosaur diorama for our project:

Dinosaur Diorama

A shoebox just wasn’t going to cut it for our plans :-) so we used a regular box instead.  Hailey got to work painting her box.

Dinosaur Diorama

She added lots of different props.

Dinosaur Diorama

Some dinosaur eggs

Dinosaur Diorama

A volcano

Dinosaur Diorama

She put a stream and a little pond in, painted some grass on, added some cotton clouds, put some sand and trees in.  And of course, the dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Diorama

Hailey’s completed diorama- she did a great job!

We also made a paper mache dinosaur:

Paper Mache Dinosaur

First the dinosaur was formed using aluminum foil.  There is newspaper stuffed inside his head and body to help keep its shape.

Paper Mache Dinosaur

The dinosaur all covered in paper mache.
For paper mache, we use a 2:1 ratio of water to flour, and I added a little white glue to the mixture too.  It takes a couple of days to be completely dry.

Paper Mache Dinosaur

Once the dinosaur was dry it was time to paint him.  We did a little research about the color of dinosaurs- some scientists believe that dinosaurs were gray, dark green, brown, etc. so that they could blend in with their surroundings.  Other scientists believe that dinosaurs were colorful and even had pretty, bright spots in order to attract a mate.  Hailey decided she agrees with the scientists who think the dinosaurs were colorful, so she painted him purple.

Paper Mache Dinosaur

She added some pink and blue spots.

Paper Mache Dinosaur

The completed paper mache dinosaur.

Dinosaur Diorama

We learned a lot about volcanos too.  I cut out some dinosaur footprints and wrote some volcano related vocabulary words on them (lava, eruption, magma, crust, mantle, outer core, inner core, pumice, tuff, and pahoehoe).  Hailey wrote the definitions on the backs of the footprints.

Dinosaur Diorama

Then she spread them around the living room.  I made some noises and Hailey and Hunter danced around on the footprints.

Dinosaur Diorama

When I stopped making the noise, Hailey read the definition of the word.  The goal, of course, being that once we play it enough she will remember the definitions.

We did a bunch of fun activities all about dinosaurs so it was really hard to pick what to share!  So, here are some of the other activities we did last week too:

Dinosaur Bones Craft

  Hailey made some dinosaur bones.

Dinosaur Fossil Craft

She created a dinosaur fossil.

Volcano Activity

One of her favorite activities was setting off a volcano she made.

Dinosaur Oil Pastel Painting

She made this pretty dinosaur oil pastel painting.

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Tot School

26
May

Tot School

Hunter is 17 months old.

We had a super fun week at Tot School this week!!  We were busy learning about dinosaurs and the color orange.

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We had an orange day, Hunter loved wearing his hat.  Our weather has been so crazy!!  We had some days that were hot enough to need air conditioning.  Then we had days so cold that some places in our area saw snow.  Obviously, this was taken on one of the cold days.

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Hunter thought this little dinosaur mat was pretty fun.  He has loved playing with the dinosaurs!

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Of course, he had to go and line up the dinosaurs with his cars.

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Hunter growls every time he sees this dinosaur poster, although he says “tweet, tweet” for the pterodactyl.

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Hailey read Hunter some books about dinosaurs.  This is one of my favorite things to see- Hailey reading to Hunter!

Volcano Activity

Hunter and Hailey loved playing in our little dinosaur land.

Volcano Activity

Hailey made this volcano and we set it off several times.  So much fun!!

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Hunter painted some orange dinosaur footprints.  He loves to paint!!  Anytime he sees me get the paint out he starts saying, “More, more!”

Dinosaur Fossil Craft

We made some fun dinosaur fossils.  Hunter always paints very carefully.

Dinosaur Bones Craft

We also made some dinosaur bones.

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Hailey made a huge bowl of bubbles.

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Hunter thought the bowl of bubbles was great!

Stop by 1+1+1=1 to see what the other tots were up to this week.

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