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All about Nursery Rhymes - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on October 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Nursery Rhymes"

Word Wall

We introduced a new Nursery Rhyme every day- Hot Cross Buns, Jack Be Nimble, Ba Ba Black Sheep, Itsy-Bitsy Spider and Humpty- Dumpty, with pictures, songs and activities for the week.


The children made Hot Cross Buns by painting white and adding raisins, glued materials to white paper to make a candle stick, glued cotton balls on black sheep, glued materials to resemble Itsy-Bitsy Spider-spider, spout, sun and fingerprints for rain and tomorrow the children will put Humpty Dumpty back together again with arms, legs.


The children practiced counting with various size coins by dropping them in containers with slits one by one, candle craft stick counting with pots, counting cotton balls with scoops into black wire baskets, counted the spider legs on foam balls and Friday, we will match egg sorters by color and shapes.

Motor Development

the children pretending to make Hot Cross Buns by pressing play dough into muffin tins, used tongs to pick up candles by squeezing, wrapped yarn around cardboard sheep to practice eye-hand coordination and circle motions, lacing spider rings on straws and egg drop tubes.


Black Beans, spoons, cows and clear plastic jars


Experiments: Raw egg Vs. Boiled egg, Humpty-Dumpty Roll, Exercise Cube and My plate puzzles

Fire Safety - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on October 7, 2021 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (16)

This weeks theme is "Fire Safety"

Word Wall:

We introduced the theme of "fire safety" with cut out firetrucks, firefighters, and the word "hot" in large letters. During circle time we introduced the activities for the day and how to use the materials appropriately.


The children used a fork to dip into yellow, red and orange paint to put onto construction paper, they used the same colors to paint a cut out firetruck. The children used a paper plate to make a fire hat and to make a firedog face with a hat. On Friday they will use red, orange and yellow tissue paper to glue onto black paper to represent "flames."

Motor Development:

Paint sensory bags with flames drawn on the outside of the bag, fire fighter houses with community helpers, popsicle sticks with Styrofoam boards, yarn ladders and on Friday they will use ladder connectors. These activities are to help children improve on fine and gross motor while also building on the skills they already have.

Social and Emotional:

Red cups with cut out flames for stacking, building, knocking over and working with friends. Also, watching a video on how to "stop, drop and roll." Having the children take turns stop, drop, and rolling in the classroom.

Cognitive and general knowledge:

Red, orange and yellow paper with matching objects, fire safety bingo, 3 different size cut out apples- matching to the correct place on the paper with the 3 sizes, cut out dogs with spots and numbers-matching with pom poms, 1 to 1 coordination, and on Friday they will do a "flame making experiment" with baking soda, vinegar and food coloring.

Health and Safety:

Reviewing rules and safe hands. On Friday, they will match cut out hands with the "My Plate" healthy eating.


"Flame making"

Ahoy Me Hearties! - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on October 4, 2021 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (3)

We introduced this weeks theme with pictures, songs and activities related.


the children made treasure chests by sponge painting paper and glued on paper coins, Telescope- painted black tubes gold and rolled their telescope in gold confetti, Pirate Hats- hand stamping on black paper hat and added gold/silver glitter, Pirate ships- glued brown paper squares to paper plate with hand print for flag, and Friday we will make a Pirate by gluing felt hat, eyes/nose/mouth.

Motor Development

The children manipulated treasure chest boxes with gems to figure out how to open and close, Red solo cups large/small to practice balance by staking them on the table, Gems/egg cartons to practice holding the tongs/squeezing and opening and closing to grasp gems ,magnet fishing to catch fish on the fishing pole that requires eye-hand coordination and lacing Pirate cards on Friday.


Pirate treasure counting mats as the children placed the coins/gems on the red line to practice counting, counting treasure wooden boxes to practice counting coins as they place them in the boxes, Magnet numbers w/ cookie sheets to be able to practice number recognition with teacher help.

Social Emotional

Walk the plank- children will take turns walking the wooden plank for balance, Treasure Hunt- hide coins outside and have the children find as many as they can,


We will make fizzing treasure rocks, parachute play outside and make pirate apple & cheese boats

Learning About Fall - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on September 27, 2021 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (2)

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We introduced the theme with different colored leaves and introduce the activities that we will be doing for the day with a brief introduction on how to manipulate and tools being given that day


Writing Table- Fall colored notebooks with crayons.


Language- Way up high in the apple tree song with movement, Ten little leaves song with fingerplay, Leaves are falling with fingerplay



The children used brown paper and glued them all over the paper to make acorns. The children were also given real leaves and leaf stencils to dip in red and green paints. They took paper leaves and put them all over a paper plate to make a wreath.


Motor Development- Leafs stickers to work on peeling, peeled and stuck to a paper tree. Play doh with leaf stencils and scissors to cut leaves were used to work on fine motor skills. Used Penne noodles to practice lacing. Tongs were used for working on gripping onto fall items such as pine cones to put in and out of the baskets.


Science- Placed leaves, gourds and pine cones in science area


Sensory- Red, Green and Orange rice with cups


Health & Safety- Went “shopping” for healthy foods and asked what they were,.Also the children got to come up one at a time and pick a food out of a lunch bag and told us what it was. They also did some yoga animal poses.


Friday Art: Marble paint, dip marble in fall colored paint and roll it over a paper leaf.


Friday Experiment- Cut and Compare Squash


Name Those Colors & Shapes! - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2021 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (20)

This weeks theme is "Colors & Shapes"

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We introduced the theme with shapes, colors and print and briefly introduce the activities for day and how to manipulate the materials and tools provided.


The children stamped with various size cups with blue paint and white paper- small medium and large cups to compare size and see the various sizes, Squares- we glued on red squares to white paper, Triangle- we stamped with triangle stampers and green paint, Rectangle- we stamped with rectangle stampers and tomorrow the children will glue on a letter "S" on black paper and use a Q-tip with white paint to dab and make stars.

Motor Development

Shape sorters with various shapes to fit and drop in the container to practice shape recognition, number bubble pom- pom matching/counting one- to-one, colored dot stickers - blue, red, green and yellow paper to match same colors, duck patterning- the children used various size ducks to match on blue paper to compare sizes and learn knew knowledge, and tomorrow the children will peel and apply star stickers to paper to manipulate fingers/paper and apply to paper.


Colored shredded paper, shape fruit sorters and scoops

Health & Safety

Reviewed and modeled classroom rules: "Safe Hands, Teeth are for Food and Walking Feet".

Tomorrow the children will make a healthy snack: Pita, peppers and cream cheese

Experiments Friday: Rainbow Skittles and Green Volcano

Learning About Our Friends - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on September 9, 2021 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (10)

This weeks theme is "Friends"

Miss Brenda introduced the theme with a book that talks about how unique everyone is, spectacular, wonderful, smiles and children's minds full of magic! Miss Brenda Also touched on and reviewed Safe hands and Voices are not for yelling at friends and teachers.


so far this week we made a "Friendship Tree with all the children's handprints(it's hanging on the back wall), friendship wreath with the children's handprints cut out, friendship train- the children decorated colored paper to make a long chain link and, tomorrow the children will make a 'Friendship quilt with all their painted handprints on quilt squares.


The children practiced their colors by using colored chip clips and matching them to colored paper, colored people counters and square colored cups to count, match and drop in the cups and tomorrow the children will stick colored sticker dots to wall paper to continue to practice colors.

Motor Development

During activity time the children worked on connecting rainbow people connectors by manipulating and pushing them together with fingers, followed a road pattern on the table using small match box cars to follow directions, strawberry colander's and straws to poke through the the holes using eye-hand coordination and finger grasp and, tomorrow the children will make play dough from scratch by measuring, mixing and rolling.

Books and Songs

"Just One You, Just My Friend and Me, Best Friends Together, The Friendly Book and "Wanted: Best Friend"

Songs: "Friends, Friends, Friends and My Best Friend"

Group Time Tomorrow

We will sit together and name one kind rule and post it on poster board

Make red play dough for next week activities

Lion Hunt - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on September 2, 2021 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (12)

This weeks theme is "Jungle/Rain Forest"


Monday the children made rain sticks by decorating colored tubes and filling them with beans/noodles, Parrot- painted paper red and added a beak, feathers and eyes, Monkey- painted paper plate brown and glued on ears, tail, eyes, nose and banana, snake- glued yellow tissue paper to letter "S" and tomorrow the children will make a butterfly(symmetry art).


The children practiced numbers by using number peg boards, large Giraff's with sticker dots to place on Giraff's spots to practice counting, Lady bug number sorters, snake pattern with small colored blocks to follow patterns and tomorrow we will sort colored jungle animals with muffin tins.

Motor Development

Slid and build nature blocks to practice finger grasp and manipulate logs to make fit, contact paper with feathers to place on and try and take off, scissor practice with animal print paper to practice holding scissors and opening and closing, frogs on a log to practice balance and tomorrow we will use bug catcher's with plastic bugs and scoops to fill up bug catcher and work fingers with scoops.


We're going on a Lion Hunt song and motions during group and the children named their favorite Jungle animal


We will make Banana and strawberry Kabob's and the children asked to make Chocolate chip cookies

Learning About Each Other - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on August 26, 2021 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (9)

This weeks theme is "All About Me"


The children made a mirror by decorating their paper handle mirror and gluing on a paper mirror, glued on various face parts on tan, white, brown and black paper- hair, eyes, nose and mouth so the children can see the different skin tones as we talk about how we all have different skin tone and it's OKay, it's all about me. Flower handprints by stamping hands on paper to make various colored hand prints, the children clothed paper girls/boys with different texture and pattern quilt squares, and tomorrow the children will finish the week by making a Friendship quilt by placing hand prints all over quilt squares and we will glue all the squares together and hang.


The children explored with the following materials to practice their early math skills, counted colored chips with containers with slits to count one at a time, Colored shape blocks to match and name colors, counting cookies by dropping them into the cookie jars and able to see the numbers on the back of each cookie and, tomorrow we will practice colors by matching colors to the wall.

Motor Development

The children manipulated the following materials to practice finger/hand grasp, eye-hand coordination and manipulation to make things work and learn how to; Mr. Potato Heads(hair,hats,nose,mouth, ears, arms and legs), Connecting rainbow people to try and connect their hands, peeled color masking tape to strengthen finger tips, lacing straws with pipe cleaners to make Friendship bracelets by working together and colored bracelet rings for stacking around colored cones.


We will finish the week by measuring how tall the children are, Traffic Light games outside, make a Friendship Snack together, Badminton outside in afternoon and review kind words- Be kind, help others, work together, love, play, share, hug, high fives and hold hands.

Back to School Fun - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on August 19, 2021 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Back To School"


Monday- The children made a school bus by painting orange and gluing on wheels and stop sign

Tuesday- Pencil- The children glued on materials to resemble a pencil- black tip and eraser

Wednesday- Apple- The children painted paper plates red and glued on green stems

Thursday- Tree- The children used corks to stamp on tree trunk to make a colorful tree- red, orange and green

Friday- The children will stamp with real apples on white paper- red, green and yellow.


We use play dough and number apple craft sticks to practice counting one by one, crayons and boxes to count with teacher help as the children put the crayons in and out of the box and number colored peg boards with colored sorters to practice naming and matching colors.

Motor Development

During activity time the children explored and manipulated pencil pouches with zippers to practice zipping back and forth, muffin tins with rubber bands to stretch rubber bands with fingers to place over the tins, stringing apples Jacks/cheerios to practice holding and manipulating, and tomorrow we will do Animal Yoga.


Review/remind children to hold an adults hand in the parking lot and Do Not leave the classroom without mommy or daddy, Introduce New Classroom rule: "Helping Hands"

Block Area

Cardboard colored brick blocks, small people and wooden stacking blocks


We will explore parts of a real Apple- skin, flesh, stem and cut open and we will also explore what keeps an apple from turning brown by placing in baking soda, milk and lime juice and check it after nap.

Lego Fun! - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on August 12, 2021 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Legos"

Tuesday- Last Swim Day


The children stamped with Legos and various colored paint on paper, made Geometric Lego Blueprints with jumbo Legos, blue paper and white paint, and tomorrow the children will roller paint with Lego cars and blue, red and green paint.


Lego color sort with colored Legos and colored paper for matching, colored cups and Legos to place in same color cup to practice color recognition and Lego egg carton matching by placing same color Legos inside carton on same color.

Motor Development

Lego mini boards with Legos to snap, build and stack, colored play dough with mini Lego pieces to press onto the play dough to make prints/designs working their thumb and index fingers- using both hands to squeeze the play dough to make balls and colored pegs and boards to make stand while stacking the pegs on top of each other.


We read new books from the book fair

Classroom Rules review- walking feet in the classroom

Following directions activity in the great room