Monday, December 5, 2011

Tot School: Starting Christmas

It's that time of the year.  Christmas music has been playing in the stores for an eternity now, but with Thanksgiving past, I'm finally ready to dive in!

*Emory is 27.5 months old*

Dollar Tree Special
This little magnetic picture that I purchased at Dollar Tree has been very well received!  He plays with it several times a day, and according to himself, he has even turned the reindeer into a teddy bear and a dog by rearranging the pieces.  I had to stop in Dollar Tree again so I grabbed Santa, a Christmas Tree and a Snowman.  Can't wait to get those out too!

Christmas Pattern Blocks
Emory really likes playing "shapes" so he loved the Christmas pictures.  You can see the original Christmas Pattern Blocks post to see more patterns we worked on.

Drawing and Painting
This travel size doodler is the perfect size for him, and great for pre-writing and drawing.  This is his dinosaur!

Now to be honest, I thought, oh it did come out looking like a dinosaur, he probably thinks its a "long neck" (Land Before Time) but I didn't think it was intentional.'s his dinosaur painting!  He even informed me that the dinosaur is roaring, and by golly this dino does have his mouth wide open!

This is one of his finished products...he had a few pages!  I like how the top left corner on this one looks like a big smiley face!  :)

Clipo Blocks
Emory comes out of the playroom, dressed in cowboy boots (the ones that leave scuff marks on the floors!), and plops down in the middle of the floor as I'm trying to clean up the mud the dogs tracked in, and dumps these blocks out.  He just enjoys putting them together and taking them apart, as well as naming their colors and shapes.

Christmas Sensory Tub
All of the sensory tubs have been enjoyed so far, but the Christmas Sensory Tub has particularly been a hit.  He asks for it every day.

Fine Motor Skills
Emory loves dumping out banks and putting the money back in, so we keep some play money in this little frog bank

Play Time
He has really enjoyed experimenting with his Melissa and Doug animal stacking blocks.  His favorite animals right now are the fox and the hippo.

Favorite Books
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (this continues to be his number one book!)
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss
The Happy Snowman and Rudolph's Adventure from Treasury of Christmas Tales
Smart Kids Play and Learn 123  This book is full of flaps, pull tabs, windows, textures, wild animals, objects to count and bright colors...everything that appeals to a two year old!

Be sure to check out what other families are doing!

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  1. I love your animal stacking blocks! We have the same Weeble treehouse that's next to them :)
    Stopping over from Tot School site.

  2. Such cute ideas!! I'm going to have to go to the dollar store to get those magnets. I love those!

  3. I like the magnetic reindeer. Haven't seen that at my local Dollar Tree yet.

    His Dino painting is so cute! You can see the mouth roaring!

  4. Hi Brittney! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Our Dollar Tree and your Dollar Tree need to have a chat because ours does not have those adorable magnets. I love them! Can't wait to see if you post pictures of the other ones you found. I hope you can find the peg game!

  5. What fun! I love wall stickers - so cute & removable =-) I've never heard of clipo blocks - they look cool! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week,
    Beth =-)

  6. Aw such a fun week. Your little one's paintings are lovely. His dinosaur definitely is roaring!