Archive for the ‘July 4th’ Category
We have been busy having fun this summer! We need to keep a routine and have some structure, otherwise it gets a little crazy around here. Plus, I don’t want anyone to forget what they learned last year. So, here is what we’ve been up to:
Every day we do a short circle time. A lot of times, Hailey likes to be in charge of doing circle time. We do the pledge, calendar, days of the week, months, and weather. We also go over numbers, ABCs, and shapes. We usually have a story during circle time too. Here they were watching a 4th of July story that I found on YouTube, becuase I don’t have any books about the 4th of July. (As you can see, sometimes Harper joins in for circle time.)
Last week we sang some 4th of July songs and danced around waving flags.
Then the blasted off like rockets- they had to start on the couch, of course.
I used several July 4th printables from This Reading Mama. This book was one of the printables. It was perfect! Hunter was able to “read” it all by himself!
Anthony could “read” it too! They were both so proud of themselves for being able to read the book.
On this paper, I called out a number and they had to use a do-a-dot marker to stamp the number I said.
Every day we have table toys time. I get out a different toy, that is not normally played with, and they sit at the table and use the toy. This is one of their favorite times of the day! On Monday they used letters with pegs.
On Tuesday they built with Widgets.
On Wednesday they used playdough.
On Thursday they built with blocks.
On Friday they were able to pick their favorite from the week and do that again- they agreed that playdough was their favorite.
We also do a little writing each day. This is definitely not their favorite part, but we get it done. On this day they were decorating folders to keep all of their summer writing in.
We do art a few times each week too. One of the projects we made was a Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom tree with their names.
Since it was the week before the 4th of July, they made a fireworks painting. They used forks and dipped them into the paint, then made fireworks on their papers.
They also made flags using popsicle sticks and paint.
Of course, there is also lots of free time to play, go outside, and relax. So far, we’re having a great summer!
Hunter is 18.5 months old.
It’s been a few weeks since I have done a Tot School post. We have been so busy enjoying summer that I just haven’t had time. So, here are some of the things we have been working on over the last few weeks.
For the 4th of July we made some cute pictures, using glue to create stars that resisted water colors when the kids painted. See the full post here.
Hailey and Hunter worked really hard and made some utensil holders that we used at our July 4th party- they turned out super cute and you can see them here.
This was my favorite 4th of July activity- we made candle jars and they turned out so cute. You can see the finished project here. They were perfect for decorations at our July 4th party.
This week we started an ocean/beach theme and here Hunter is working on a spiny sea creature.
You can see the finished sea creatures here.
Hunter also worked on making a super cute Rainbow Fish- you can see the whole post here.
The color Hunter is learning is purple, so he made a purple suncatcher to add to our collection.
Hunter finding the purple fish he made.
Stop by 1+1+1=1 to see what the other tots were up to this week.
Here is a fun candle jar decoration that we made for the 4th of July.
You will need some glass jars (we used canning jars), red, white and blue tissue paper, Mod Podge glue, battery operated candles and flags.
Decorate the inside of the jars using the red, white and blue tissue paper and the Mod Podge glue.
The jars, all decorated in red, white, and blue.
Once they were dry, we put the battery operated candle inside and added a flag.
We had our family 4th of July picnic over the weekend, so they were added to the tables as a decoration.
Inspiration credit: Pinterest