Isaac is 31 months

Miriam is 14 months

We had so much fun playing together this week in Tot School!

Pounding Pasta


I got the idea for this from Mama to 3 Blessings.  I took an empty box, poked holes in it, and put ziti pasta in the holes for Isaac to hammer.  He LOVED it and we played it over and over and over . . . and over!

DSCF8101  I set it up the first time, and then once he pounded the pasta down, he put them back in the holes himself.  Here he is using his fingers to push them down through instead of the hammer and I am telling him to use his hammer.  He thought it was great fun ;)

DSCF8103  Miriam played with this for over half an hour in one sitting! 

DSCF8152 She was pushing them in as fast as I could set it back up!  She also liked to hear the noise it made when she shook the box with all the pasta in it.  She would reach in, pull out a couple pieces, inspect them, drop them back in and do it all over again!  She was too cute!


All About Dinosaurs

DSCF8109 We used chocolate chips to help us learn to count . . . Yum!


Our new calendar board is working out great! Isaac enjoys putting the dates on the calendar.  I have to help out a little to make sure he puts it in the right square ;-)



A little pom-pom magnet fun.  We were using red magnets to make the letter D since our color of the day was red.


I pulled this game out from our C collection.  He had fun counting the caterpillars and it kept his attention a lot longer than normal!


We are making a D for Dinosaur!!  I got this idea from Totally Tots.  They have a fun craft for each letter of the alphabet!


Dinosaur puzzle


Size Sorting:  We have just started working on the small/little and big/large concept. 


 The Activity Mom featured this fun dinosaur shape sort printable from Yellow Mums. What perfect timing!




Bottlecap matching!


This was our first time doing this activity and Isaac did great!


All other printables this week are from our Letter of the Week Curriculum by Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler.

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Fun with Cards

Someone had given us these matching word cards a while back.  I thought they were so cute! I laminated them for durability and right now we use them to match the pictures.


I pulled out six sets at a time.  I put the first half of each picture in our pocket chart and let him find the matching half.


He’s thinking awful hard!

DSCF8192Isaac started off being very neat when he would make a match and making sure it was right side up and so on.  By the time we got done he was . . . well . . . not so neat.



Miss Miriam

DSCF8142Here she is playing with a fun puzzle I got for a few bucks at Wal-Mart.  She is just beginning to start matching them up, it is so fun to see her learn.  And when she gets tired of matching the shapes/colors, the blocks make for a nice snack ;-) DSCF8144

More Bottlecap Fun!!


We have been collecting these for a while and I even got my in-laws in on the collecting.  I had made this can from an oatmeal container, wrapped it in scrapbook paper and cut a whole in the top.  (Original inspiration for this came from Morgan at Psalm 127:3) Miriam loved playing with this and it held her complete attention for over half an over.  She filled up the container, so I had to empty it so she could keep on going!


And of course, snacking on the caps is always an option.



Taking it Outside


This was Miriam’s first time playing with the sidewalk chalk.  I think we can safely say it was a big hit!


Watching brother writing on the sidewalk. 


Isaac is thinking:  “FINALLY! Something mom will let me hit with the bat!”



To see what other moms are doing in Tot School this week, check out the official Tot School site!