Tot School Week 4 – B & 3

Continuing in Tot School we had the Letter B and Number 3 come to play.

Make Banana Bread – (Artsy Fartsy Mama) She helped peel the bananas, crack the eggs, and sweep the bananas into the beaters. After it came out of the oven, we ate a piece for our snack and blew bubbles in her milk. 15 minutes spent cooking, 10 minutes eating

Printables: – (1+1+1=1) Between Coloring and putting pages in her Dry Erase binder, she spent almost 20 minutes coloring

Butterfly Stamping – (Coloring Pages) I have a lot of butterfly stamps from making my wedding invitations years ago. I don’t have any colored ink pads, so I got out her markers. I tried to let her color the stamps but it was too tricky for her so I would color them and then she’d stamp them on a printable of butterflies. I asked her if she wanted to color the butterflies but she didn’t have any interest after coloring the B printables, so this activity was about 10 min.

Butterfly Painting – I showed Pumpkin how to make a butterfly putting her hands together and crossing her thumbs. We put paint on her hands and pressed them onto paper to make a butterfly. Then she wanted to keep painting, so the butterfly got a little lost in the extra paint so I outlined around it once it was dry. This took about 15 minutes.

Make Boats – (mama.papa.bubba.) We made boats from corks, skewers, foam squares, and rubber bands. I didn’t have the nice silicon bracelets like the tutorial had, so we used regular rubber bands. With those, I think I would have glued the corks together b/c they started to slide in the rubber bands and became a little bit of a mountain instead of a flat boat. But we took them outside and I filled up the kiddie pool and she blew them around. Making them took about 5 minutes and then she played with them for like 2 minutes.

Bubbles – We blew bubbles outside after playing with the boats!

Balls – We threw balls into our pool with the boats. You could aim (or not aim) for the boats 🙂

Group Bears in 3’s – Pumpkin has 12 teddy bears, many of them hand-me-downs from Mom. I had her sort them into families of 3 bears like the story Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.

Towers of 3 – I had 9 blocks on the school tray and had her build towers of just 3 and then she got to knock them down.

Which Number is it? – I had three sets of numbers 1-3 on the school tray and I would rotate between the groups asking her to hand me a different number. We had Melissa and Doug clock pieces, blocks with numbers, and pieces of papers with numbers.

Glue Beans on letter B – (idea at Alphabet Station. Printable from Big Activities) We used a printable letter B and glued some beans to form the letter. This came at the very end so she was losing steam and we only did the Capital B.

B Puzzles (pictures of a Bike, Boat, Bread, Bus) – I had these on the table because she loves puzzles, but she’s done them before. We didn’t do them during school, but later that afternoon Pumpkin took them into the living room and played with them.

Spotify – Tot School B & 3 playlist

ABC – Jackson 5
Zero to Ten – Teacher Kiel
Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Upsy Daisy Players
The Flight of the Bumble Bee – Ida Cernecka
The Bear Went Over the Mountain – Children Music Unlimited
Bumble Bee – Joseph Vincent
Letter B – The Sesame Street Beetles
The B-I-B-L-E – The Christian Children’s Choir
London Bridges – Peter Pan Kids
Take Me Out to the Ball Game – Larry Groce, Disneyland Childern’s Sing Along Chorus
I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee – Christian’s Children’s Chorus
Blue – Eiffel 65
Baa Baa Black Sheep – Raffi
The Wheels on the Bus – Ernie, Bert, Kid Chorus
A Bicycle Built for Two – Baby Genius
Three is a Magic Number – The Jellydots
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (story) – Kids – Story
The Three Billy Goats Gruff – Favorite Kids Stories
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo – Verna Felton




Mop your floor

The place we live in has a stone kitchen and a laminate hall and living room. We split the rooms and did them on two separate days. Letting your little ones help always lengthens the process by about 3 times, but there is a lot less crying and they aren’t in front of the TV.

We started with the kitchen on day one. First we had to vacuum; we all took turns. Then I filled a bucket of soapy water for myself, a soapy spray bottle for Pumpkin (2 1/2), and gave Buddy (1) his sippy without the plastic stopper so water would pour out. Everyone got a rag and we started scrubbing the stone floor. Eventually Pumpkin abandoned the spray bottle and wanted to dip in the big water bucket. It was a good opportunity to teach her how to wring out a rag. Not the most successful lesson. Buddy soon became fascinated with the soapy water too so I had to find a few toys for him to throw in the ever-growing dirty soapy water. I just had to keep an eye on him to not put those toys in his mouth. And poor Buddy is really into standing and walking at this age so he slipped a few times trying to get near Pumpkin and me. That was the only bout of crying we had.

I waited about a week before we did the living room and hallway. Since I was going to use a mop and I only have one, we waited for Buddy to take a nap. Pumpkin helped lift all the things on the floor up high and then she got to do most of the mopping. I helped lift cords and taught her how to lower the mop handle to get under things like the TV stand. We practiced asking to take a turn and then I could catch the spots she missed. It’s hard being someone who likes to go from point A to point B when cleaning, but letting her help is more important to me. So the whole room got mopped in swirls. Then, I got out two colored towel rags (I let her choose which color she wanted) and we wiped up any excess water so we could put everything back right away, . Then she helped put things back down.

Like I said, a little time consuming, but the cleaning gets done and it was well worth the effort. We celebrated our hard work with snack time!