Tot School: Transportation

We finally finished up our transportation tot school activities this week and are ready for a little break for Madelynn's dance recital, birthday party, and Thanksgiving.

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Here were our plans for Transportation Week:
And here is what we actually did:
Our favorite transportation books for the week were:
I’m Your Bus by Marilyn Singer
Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Deborah Pearson 
Shape Roads:
We don't have too many cars laying around our house with 2 little girls, so I decided to pick up this set of wooden vehicles and signs from Melissa & Doug.They were perfect for Madelynn to use to trace each of the shape roads that I made for her. You can grab a set of these shape roads here.
Alphabet Fishing:
To go with our boat theme activities, I decided to incorporate "fishing" as a fine motor activity.  I didn't have Madelynn use actual fishing poles, instead I let her use any of our fine motor tools to grab as many letter "fish" as she could.
Airplane Craft:
This craft started out with sponge painting a white paper blue for the sky. After the paint dried, I gave Madelynn paper shapes to make a plane and clouds and she glued them together.
Transportation Reusable Stickers:
Melissa & Doug are genius I tell you. They have the best toys for my girls and their reusable sticker pads do not disappoint.  They remind me of the original Colorform sets I used to play with as a kid.  They are more of a window cling than a sticker, so they truly are reusable and won't end up stuck all over your floor and walls. This Vehicle Reusable Sticker Pad was perfect to pull out this week.
Stoplight Bean Bag Toss:
This game is part gross motor, part color matching. I cut out 3 circles from red, yellow, and green colored cardstock to make a stoplight.  Then I grabbed beanbags in the same color. Madelynn and I took turns tossing the beanbags trying to get them to land on the matching color.  They slid around a bit so I probably could have taped them down to make it a little better.
Goldfish Song:
This was a bit of a stretch to go along with our theme, but the goldfish does ride a bicycle in the song, haha.  Either way we LOVE Laurie Berkner and pull up her songs on You Tube all the time for a little dance party.  This song has lots of opportunity for movement and is great for getting the wiggles out.
Airplane Song:
Another Laurie Berkner song that we love that incorporates lots of creative movement.  If you haven't introduced Laurie Bernkner's music to your toddler yet, you have to check out her you tube channel, SOOO many fun songs to get your little ones up and moving!
Transportation Snacks:
We had time for 3 different snacks this week.  The stoplight snack was a huge hit and has been a daily request ever since.  To make the stop light I started with graham crackers broken into 4 rectangles. Then I spread peanut butter on top and squished colored m&ms in to finish the stoplights.  Next for our airplane snack I started with a banana sliced in half the long way so it wouldn't roll around on the plate.  Then I added smaller banana slices for wings and an apple wedge for the tail.  Cheerios made perfect windows and marshmallows for clouds. Last our boat snack was a pretty easy one.  I cut up a few apple wedges, added a toothpick and cheese triangles for the sail. 
Road Theme Sensory Bin:
I kind of love how this bin turned out, although we turned it into a tray more than a bin. On our tray I spread out black beans, added a few cut up yellow straws for the lanes and then let Madelynn explore with her Melissa & Doug vehicles & signs.
Harbor Theme Sensory Bin:
This bin was easy peasy, just water with a little blue food coloring and these Magnetic Boats that link up with each other.
In the Air Sensory Bin:
In this bin: Blue aquarium rocks, cotton ball clouds, and airplanes from the In The Sky TOOB.
In the Air Sensory Bin:
Okay one more Melissa and Doug Toy I love is this Magnetic towing game. (I swear I'm not being paid to promote them I just really love their stuff!) It's basically magnet fishing and a puzzle all in one and requires lots of concentration, a great toy for building focus and the cars have numbers on them too for added number recognition practice.

That's it for this week, remember we are skipping turkeys since we fell behind on our schedule so we will be back at it after Thanksgiving. Here are the themes that will be coming soon:
And if you want to catch up on our past Tot School Plans, you can find them all here:


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September:

October:

November:

1 comment:

  1. I have seen soo many blogs and I absolutely Love what you are doing! I have two little ones at home and have a home childcare, and your resources and links to products are fantastic and inexpensive :) THANK YOU!

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