Category Archives: Tot School

Color Sorting with Big Brother’s School Supplies

Its time for another installment of our toddler-specific series. This week I am working with creative genius Kristan over at Munchkin and Bean to bring you color sorting activities.

I’ve seen a lot of elaborate homemade activities and expensive store bought toys specific to teaching children their colors. I don’t know about you but I don’t have an excess of time nor money to be spending on something that I can whip up in the blink of an eye for free. And chances are, if you have multiple children in your home, you probably already have several color sorting activities at your disposal. Just look at your older child’s school supplies. Do they have multi-colored paper clips? Construction paper scraps? How about a box of crayons? Anything that comes in multiple colors at all? If the answer is yes then you’ve got a color sorting activity right there.
Tot School Color Sorting with Big Brother's School Supplies, Suzy Homeschooler (1) (more…)

Gross Motor Pool Noodle Toddler Activities

I am really excited to announce that today will be the first in a new series of posts specific to toddlers and Tot School. I’ll be working with my good friend and fellow homeschool blogger, Kristan, over at Munchkin and Bean to bring you arts and crafts, fine motor activities, gross motor activities, learning activities, and sensory activities specific to toddlers every Wednesday.

This week we’re focusing on pool noodles.
Gross Motor Pool Noodle Activities for Tots, Suzy Homeschooler (more…)

Toddler-Friendly Homemade Kites

Last week we had a rather blustery day outside and I wanted nothing more than to make kites with the children. The problem though is that at 5 and 2 years old, neither of my children is quite able yet to fly a proper kite. I thought back to my own childhood and remembered how one year in school we made kites from grocery bags, this seemed simple enough that even SunnyGirl could do it.
Toddler-Friendly Homemade Kites from recyclables, Suzy Homeschooler (2) (more…)

Montessori-Inspired Star Wars Weight Cylinders

If you haven’t already seen them at your local shop, there is this uber cool line of Star Wars Easter eggs out there. We picked some up last year and have used them in various ways such as sensory play and muffin tin snacks. This time I took 8 Vader containers and made them into a set of Montessori-inspired weight cylinders.
Montessori-inspired Star Wars weight cylinders, Suzy Homeschooler2 (more…)

Fun Ideas for Learning About and Playing With Colors

Colors are one of the basic building blocks of learning. Knowing your colors is the first scientific discovery that most children make. For that reason, we like to make learning about colors as fun and playful as possible.
Learning About and Playing With Colors from Suzy Homeschooler

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Alphabet Block Beads: 3 toys in 1

Sometimes toys and learning tools can be found in the most unexpected of places. Take for example these alphabet block beads. I picked up a pack of 12 on clearance for $1.50 in the bird aisle of our local pet supply shop. They are meant to be used to make bird toys but I thought the children might get some use out of them, and I was right.
Alphabet Block Beads (5)

As I mentioned in our post about emergency relocation, a good travel toy should be compact and serve multiple purposes. These blocks do just that. When paired with a pipe cleaner they make a fun threading toy for SunnyGirl’s fine motor practice. (more…)

Four Ways to Learn the Four Seasons

It is teddy bear theme week in our homeschool classroom and we decided to review some parts of the Winnie the Pooh printable we used last year. We originally found that printable at 123Homeschool4Me, one of several sites we utilize for fun free printables.
Admittedly, the majority of the printable is now far too easy for LittleMan so I didn’t print the whole thing out this time, but he did still get some use out of the money-math game and the tracing worksheets. One concept included in the printable was something that admittedly we had gave up on last year: seasons.

You see LittleMan has been aware of and has grasped the basic concept of the days of the week for about a year now, but anytime we tried to discuss the months of the year or even the 4 seasons, he would get this glazed over look in his eyes. We chalked it up to him not being ready for that particular information and put it aside for so long that we actually forgot he never mastered it. Until we came upon a seasons sorting activity in the Winnie the Pooh printable. I printed it out and we gave it a go.

Four Seasons, Suzy Homeschooler3

He caught on so quickly with the printable activity that I threw together a few more things and we headed outside. (more…)

The Four Seasons Mobile

For a while now I’ve felt there was something missing from our classroom area but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. At first I toyed with the idea of a ribbon chandelier to hang around the existing light fixture. Then I thought some sort of child-made bead art.
The other day I was at the craft shop when I passed the Christmas aisle and I finally realized exactly what it was we’ve been missing.
Seasons Mobile from Suzy Homeschooler (1) (more…)