Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tot School (27 Months)

M is for Monkey week

We ran out of time to do everything I wanted to do this week, but Alex had FUN! He sure loved Tot School this week, and even asked to do it randomly throughout the week!

We mainly stuck with Curious George, as it’s second only to tractors in our house. I honestly believe Alex wishes sometimes that he was a monkey! ;)

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The Curious George mask came from PBS Kids website, which is where I found several of the things we did this week…including this “table confetti” for a party. We printed 2 copies and made a file folder matching game. This was by far Alex’s favorite activity of the week. We matched up the characters again and again! (With an older child, it would be a LOT of fun to make a memory game from these pieces!)

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This one came from a Google search that led to a random website. I wish I could be more specific! Anyway, it’s just a cut & paste George that you make on a toilet paper tube. I cut, Alex glued.

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Color matching – we’ve done this several weeks in a row. This week, we matched some of our Barrel of Monkeys to the correct color on the file folder game.

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Alex got some Curious George puzzles in his Easter Basket, and he love to watch ME do them. Sigh. He tried, but it was much more fun to watch mommy put the picture together.

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Number Matching – These Barrel of Monkeys have numbers on their bellies, so we matched monkeys to numbers. We did this on more than one day, sometimes using a number die to decide which monkey to match next.

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Alex likes to pretend that this mobile attachment from the pack n play is a vacuum (or, as he says, “gaxwoom”). So, Alex walked around the house pretending to be “Gaxwoom Monkey” (which is from an episode of Curious George TV show).

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We painted Curious George suncatchers.April2010 203April2010 205

Grandma gave Alex & Max these bunnies for Easter, and Alex enjoyed making a chain of rabbits.

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We watched worms on the patio after a rainstorm.

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We spent lots of time playing outside, taking long walks, and just enjoying the weather…until it got chilly again! April2010 198

We also went to the library & checked out a bunch of George books that we don't own. We probably read about 50 Curious George books this week...multiple times. We had plenty more Monkey activities to do, and some that we did but have no pictures to prove it. I imagine there will be more monkey tot school weeks in the future, so at least we have activities ready to go!

To see what other tots are doing this week, check out:

Tot School

4 comments:

Donette said...

We love curious George!
I have yet to include him in our weeks...must do it soon!
I think the toiletpaper tube idea is great!

Giggly Girls said...

I love how you used the barrel of monkeys with the numbers. Very cute!!!

George is a favorite at our house too.

Jodie said...

Looks like you guys had a fun week!

Susan said...

My little one is a big fan of George. I picked up several of the same things a couple of weeks ago at Target and can not wait to have a George week.