Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tot School

-Ella is 26 months old-

It has been awhile since I have written a tot school post. We’re still doing things (although I haven’t been quite as diligent as I would like to be), but I have done a poor job documenting it here on the blog.  This week’s post is going to be abbreviated – but I wanted to show how just one set of things (in this case, little colored animals) can be used for a variety of activities.


Ella has been obsessed with these little animals for a week now. She can spend hours everyday playing and learning with them. (Anyone else’s toddler like that? Do they get obsessed with one thing and not get bored with it?) Here are just a few things Ella has been doing with the animals:

  • Counting the animals (generally)
  • Counting specific ones (for instance, ask her to count only the ducks or only the blue ones)
  • Sorting the animals.
  • Identifying the animals by name (duck, cow, pig, sheep).
  • Identifying the colors of the animals.
  • Selecting specific animals out of the bunch (for instance, ask her to find a pig)
  • Selecting a specific color out of the bunch (for instance, ask her to find a blue one)
  • Selecting something even more specific out of the bunch (for instance, ask her to find a blue duck)
  • Comparing the sizes of the animals (ask her which horse is bigger (there are different sizes in the bunch)).
  • Moving the animals around (for instance, from her bucket to her purse to the table).

 20110406-IMG_1570.jpg Tot School