Avery is 17.5 months old
This week I decided to try out my first theme. I thought it would be easiest to begin with a holiday and since my grandmother was Irish and Eric and I spent our honeymoon in Ireland, I thought St. Patrick's Day would be perfect! I found so many great ideas online but most of them were geared towards older kids, can't wait for St. Patrick's Day next year. However, here is what I came up with...
We did our first sensory bin this week and Avery loved it! We played with it almost everyday. She had a great time scooping, pouring and playing with everything. Towards the end of the week she got into finding all the treasure (gold coins, shamrock erasers, and green flattened marbles) that were hiding down in the split peas. She'd pull one out and place it in a green cup and then go back in for more.
We did some finger painting. First we made handprint shamrocks and then we did a blue and yellow makes green painting. She loved it!!
We did some tonging with green tongs and green sparkle pompoms. She was very fascinated with the tongs!
We made a shamrock "stained glass" with construction paper, contact paper, and little tissue paper squares. She was so funny about the tissue paper. Since they stuck to the contact paper she kept trying to get them to stick to her shirt and mine (thinking they were like stickers) and couldn't understand why they wouldn't.
On rainbow day we went on a rainbow walk around the block and looked for things that were each of the colors of the rainbow. Avery had a great time looking at everything and saying the colors back to me.
That day she also helped me cut the bananas and strawberries for the rainbow fruit pizza we had for snack. We used a plastic knife and I helped her cut.
At bath time we did some rainbow shaving cream painting. She had a great time!
On St. Patrick's Day we went on a shamrock sticker hunt. They were "hidden" around the living room and when she found each one she got to stick it on a piece of paper with a big shamrock on it.
We did a work with a paint tray and flattened green marbles. She loved the sound the marbles made when she dropped them back into the the glass container. This was another one she kept going back to again and again!
Friday she wasn't feeling too well so we decided to scrap our tot school plan and just have a free play day.
Besides St. Patrick's Day themed activities, I also gave Avery a wallet work this week. She always wants to play with Eric and my wallets so I decided to give her her own. I took one of my old wallets and put in some old cards, added some play coins and made some fake dollar bills. It has become one of her favorite things to do. She loves it!
Along with our St. Patrick's Day Tot School, we did St. Patrick's Day themed snacks and meals. Several of them were used as practical life works (cutting and whisking). Head of here to check out what we ate!
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