Category Archives: Tot School

Pretend Play Flower Garden

Children love to plant gardens, and it is especially beneficial for them to do so. Unfortunately, plants can take an awful long time to grow and children are not known for their patience.
And I have learned the hard way that if you attempt to grow a garden with starter plants rather than seeds, the children might be tempted to dig them up and replant them frequently, which can cause root damage and undo stress to the plant.

Pretend Play Flower Garden (1)

In an effort to minimize the damage to our live plants, I created this pretend play garden for my children and their friends, and it has so far been a roaring success. (more…)

Halloween Discovery Bottles

It has been a long time since we made any discovery bottles however this Halloween has provided us with the perfect excuse to throw some together!
Dollar Tree sells small jars of peanut butter which are short and round and just right for making pumpkin or jack-o-lantern discovery bottles.
Pumpkin Discovery Bottles (3) (more…)

The Benefits of Being Bored Outdoors

Welcome back for another installment of our collaborative toddler series. This week Kristan, of Munchkin and Bean, and I are talking all about toddlers in nature!

If you look through this site enough, see all the fun activities we do, then you might get the wrong idea about my children CONSTANTLY having something to do, some activity planned out for them. What I don’t often take the time to show is what my kids do when left to their own devices, and I should share that because it is crucial to their development.
The Benefits of Being Bored Outdoors (4) (more…)

DIY Color Matching Sea Shell Game

Here’s a fun DIY game that can fit in your purse or diaper bag for on the go. If you happen to live near a beach, then you could collect some shells and make this game for free. Otherwise, if you find yourself land-locked as I do, you can purchase affordable sea shells online or at your nearest hobby shop.
Color Matching Sea Shells Game (4) (more…)

Reversed Text for Mirror Play

We’re back with the next installment of our toddler series, a collaborative series of posts between myself and the fabulous Kristan of Munchkin and Bean. This week we are seeing things through our toddlers’ point of view with the aid of mirror play.

I made these mirror cards for SunnyGirl, you can feel free to download your own copy from the text link below. To use mirror cards, any old mirror will do, however we used our DIY mirror box which also happens to be great for teaching symmetry and other early math concepts.
Mirror Cards from Suzy Homeschooler (1) (more…)

Letter Recognition and Phonics with Chalk

Time for another installment in our toddler series, a collaborative series of posts between myself and the lovely Kristan of Munchkin and Bean. This week we’re talking about chalk.

By bringing our magnetic letter set outside, we really kicked up our chalk play a notch.
Early Literacy Practice with Chalk from Suzy Homeschooler (1) (more…)