I was torn between repeating our tractor theme or doing a train theme. In the end, I decided to go with trains. We kept it pretty simple, found some basic activities online, and used what we had at home. It was an easy, fun week.
Alex had his first try at a letter recognition page from Making Learning Fun. I’d call out a letter, and Alex had to use the bingo marker to dot that letter. He messed up a few letters, and I sometimes had to say “It’s on the wheel” to help him keep his focus. He did pretty well for a first try, though.
We used our Thomas alphabet flashcards (from the grocery store) and matched plastic letters. We just did T – Z because I think the entire alphabet would have been overwhelming for him. We matched the alphabet cookie cutters, and then (since Alex didn’t want to be finished) we match our Melissa & Doug alphabet magnets.
Alex was supposed to match his train cars to the correct spots in the “train station” (our often-used color sorting file folder). Instead, he lined up the cars by color and made a long train. I suppose it’s color practice just the same! :)
Jolanthe’s blog had a really neat craft to make a train from toilet paper tubes. We haven’t finished yet. We just painted these on Friday morning (and I’m typing this during Friday naptime…) Hopefully we can finish it this weekend.
Then we learned about painting hands, making Mommy squeal, and what happens when you mix yellow and blue on your “paint pallet” (paper plate). We pulled out our Melissa & Doug puzzles with trains. Alex and I played “breakfast” and he served me lots of yummy play food. Multiple times throughout the week. Plastic juice? Not so yummy! ;)
Playdough – trying to get the hang of the scissors.
Of course, we also spent a lot of time with Alex’s train table. He has a table with built-in plastic tracks, and we also made a new track with his wooden Thomas set.
That’s it for us. Now, I’m devoting the rest of naptime to figuring out a plan for U week. With all the rain we’ve had, UMBRELLA comes to mind. Now watch – it’ll be sunny all week! ;)
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