Monday, September 23

Tot School: Letter 'D' Theme

I wasn’t sure if we were going to have a very successful week in Tot School due to the increase in power outages. I thought last week was bad but it was nothing compared to this week. Some of my plans for this week’s activities had to be scratched and moved to later but that’s life. Nothing can be gained in getting bent out of shape over trivial things. Fortunately, Tot School isn’t limited to a certain time or schedule. Some form of learning took place at some point on any given day ;-)

That being said, let’s jump right into the activities for this week’s letter: D. I’ll be honest, we pretty much stuck with dinosaur activities, for the most part. I realize that dinosaurs might not be as appealing to little girls but you never know. I enjoyed watching The Land Before Time when I was young.

Little Man already had a lot of tiny dinosaur figurines. I pulled them out at the beginning of the week so that he could start playing with them. I kept 4 of them so that I could put together some fun dinosaur ice eggs.

If you have dinosaur toys like these, you simply wedge the toy into balloon (albeit, a slightly cumbersome task) and then fill it with water. Be sure to let out any air that gets trapped inside. I wasn’t thinking about that until after I tied up the first balloon and realized there was an air bubble. Not really a big deal but it just doesn’t make that perfect egg shape.

Once completely frozen, cut away the balloon and allow your child to have fun trying to get the dinosaur eggs to “hatch”. Since it’s always summer weather here, this made the perfect, cool activity for the heat. But this can also be an indoor bathtub activity for the cooler seasons.

Once the eggs got smaller and more fragile, Little Man started chiseling away. This gave a lot of practice with fine motor skills, especially with these slippery, melting eggs.

Speaking of motor skills, we also had a lot of fun with this balloon paddle game. Sometimes I played with Little Man and other times he liked using both the paddles to pick up the balloons and toss them in the air. This is a very easy game to throw together if you have all the supplies: balloons, popsicle sticks (or another sturdy handle option), paper plates, and strong tape. As you can tell from the darkness of the photos, we played this game during the power outages.

In place of our sensory bin this week, we made dinosaur fossils with play dough.

For the snack this week, I was excited to use a dinosaur sandwich cutter to make my homemade cheese crackers in the shape of dinosaurs. I don’t know which Little Man enjoyed more, the taste of the crackers or playing with them ;-)

Along with watching/singing/dancing to  over at , I also stumbled upon a show I had no idea existed: Dinosaur Train! I realize that's old news for some of you but I was thrilled to find out about this PBS show. Not only does it teach a lot about dinosaurs, it also involves a train! Little Man cannot get enough of trains these days so I knew this show would be a winner. We watched the show via Netflix but you can also watch episodes over at You can find fun activities, printables, interactive online games and fun facts at PBS Kids.

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So that's our week for the letter 'D'! In closing, I'll share this picture of what life is like these days:

Keeping cool with our battery powered fan when ...not if.. the power goes out.
Making sure this thing gets charged is a big deal. The smallest breeze keeps me sane in this heat.

Links to Tot School Lessons by Letter:
A  |  B  |  C  |  D  |  E  |  F  |  G

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  1. The dino eggs are an awesome idea!!! My 9 year old would probably like something like that! Love it - Pinned!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Sam!


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