Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tot School- E is for Egg

Hello!  Last week in Tot School we could not pass up the opportunity to focus on E!  With Easter upon us and eggs everywhere, it was a great pair!  Join us for E is for Egg!  Little Guy is 34 months old.

To practice the letter E, we made an E covered in eggs.  This is an activity I saw on No Time for Flashcards.  Little Guy started by painting a large E.  I cut the E out of a cereal box so it would be sturdy.  He started painting with a paintbrush, but quickly tired of that.  Then I gave him a sponge with a new color, and he added some more details.  (He is still not a huge fan of painting.)  After allowing it to dry for a few days, he glued on the eggs I had cut out from scrapbook paper.

The next activity practiced one-to-one correspondence.  I printed out this egg from the Easter Pack at Gift of Curiosity.  I had some little erasers in the shape of stars, so Little Guy had to place one star on each dot on the egg.

 This week we had several printables from the Easter Pack at Gift of Curiosity and the Easter Pack at 3 Dinosaurs.  The best part of this activity came from Little Guy.  After using the dot marker on the counting page from Gift of Curiosity, Little Guy decided he wanted to cut the page apart.  It had 4 rectangles on it, so that was fine (plus we did not have any cutting practice this week, so it was a bonus!).  Once the numbers were cut apart, I helped Little Guy put them in order.  So what started out as a dot page with some counting turned into a number sequencing activity!

 The next activity was (by far) his favorite of the week.  I had bought these foam eggs from the dollar section in Target a few weeks ago.  They were already cut in two pieces.  I mixed the pieces up and created a Memory game with them, reviewing some of the letters we have previously worked on in Tot School.  Once a match was made, the two pieces would fit together to make an egg.  We played this game every day! 

 The last activity is another from No Time for Flashcards.  I put all the letters of the alphabet into plastic eggs.  I also wrote the alphabet on a metal cookie sheet (we had magnetic letters so they would stick to the cookie sheet).  Little Guy had to open each egg and match the letter inside to the letter on the tray.  This was a great way to practice the alphabet, as it not only reviewed the letters we have previously worked on, but it also showed new or unfamiliar letters.  Little Guy even surprised me a few times, naming letters like N.  This activity was only completed once, and it took a couple of times to get through all the letters.
 How's Tot School going for you?

We linked up to the Tot School Gathering Place at 1+1+1=1!


  1. So many fantastic ideas! I am pinning this post to remember to try these next year! Our tot school has been really chaotic lately with no theme/preplanned units until random inspiration strikes me. We are mid move though :/ I hope to get organised once we are settled. I wish we could have such fun and theme based units like this!

    1. Hi Yuliya! Thanks for coming by! We had fun with many of these activities! I'm glad Pinterest makes it easy to bookmark them for later! Also, It has taken a while for our Tot School to come together like this. I'm sure that once life settles down and you are no longer moving, you will find it easier to plan themes! I tend to go to my favorite blogs, such as 1+1+1=1, 3 Dinosaurs, and Gift of Curiosity for inspiration, as well as what I find on Pinterest! Keep at it, Mama!

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  3. That star erasers on the egg activity is so cute! What a great way to practice fine motor skills. Did you plan to have your E week so close to Easter? Because it worked out perfectly. :)

    1. Thanks for coming by! I did E week close to Easter, I guess that's one benefit of not going in ABC order! I love the variety of little erasers that you can find- so useful for many activities!