Tot School Tuesday: Chicka Chicka 123

It's Tot School Tuesday...on a Thursday.  Okay so I'm a bit late this week with my weekly tot school summary, but life got real crazy over here.  Unfortunately a family member passed away suddenly and everything was put on hold around here. We left yesterday morning and drove 10 hours down to Kentucky and will be driving a few more hours over to Tennessee tomorrow. So needless to say my mind has been elsewhere. But we really did have a lot of fun with our theme last week and I have a few minutes to myself, so here we go!

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Here were our plans for Chicka Chicka 123 Week:

And we had to skip quite a few activities, but here is what we actually did get to this week:
Chicka Chicka Story and Felt Board:
We read Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 every day this week. Madelynn practiced counting to 20 with the numbers in the front of the book and we used felt numbers and our coconut tree to retell the story. Side note: I know it is an apple tree in the story, but it was much easier just to use the coconut tree for all of our activities than create an apple tree. and Madelynn didn't seem to mind ;)

Snip & Glue Tree: 
This was a repeat of last week's tree craft just with number stickers instead of letter stamps. For this tree I precut the leaves and had Madelynn snip each one for a palm tree texture.  Then she glued the pieces onto a white piece of paper and added number stickers (which I forgot to take a picture of).

Sort and Count Bottles:
I created these bottles earlier this year for Madelynn to use to practice identifying numbers and thought this would be the perfect time to pull them back out. To make the bottles I used empty water bottles, wrapped them with a piece of colored felt and hot glued it together on the back side. Then hot glued a number cut out to the front.  Madelynn practiced counting and sorting the colored pom poms into each bottle for some great fine motor and math practice.

Peg Board Numbers:
I bought this set of Peg-It Number Boards for my classroom my very first year teaching.  They are great for number recognition, counting, sorting, stacking and fine motor skills.  Madelynn plays with these a lot on a daily basis so I thought it would be a great time to pull them out and really focus on the counting and number recognition.

Secret Number Painting:
Have you ever used a white crayon on Easter eggs to create designs before dying them? I used to think that was SO cool as a kid, and that's what inspired this little activity. Madelynn loves to paint so I put together this super easy to prep secret number painting activity for her. All I did was write numbers all over a piece of paper with a white crayon and then let Madelynn paint the page with watercolors. She loved uncovering each number so much I actually had to quickly make another page so she could keep painting!


Coconut Tree Snacks:
Thanks again Pinterest for saving the day with these coconut tree inspired snacks. Madelynn enjoyed making and playing with her food :)

Number Mac & Cheese:
I also found this awesome Mac & Cheese this week so we just had to have it for lunch one day too. There is an ABC version too so I might have to go back and stock up on more to dye for sensory bins. I looked for ABC pasta for last week online and it is hard to find and really expensive so buying a bunch of $1 mac and cheese would definitely be a cheaper option!

Number Puzzle Hunt:
Madelynn loved our puzzle bin last week so this week I hid the pieces to her number puzzle in a bin full of popcorn for her to hunt for.  She definitely thought this was a little more exciting than just dumping and putting the puzzle back together.

Play Dough Numbers:
You can never go wrong with play dough in our house so for this sensory activity, we used our number cookie cutters and Play Dough Tools for a little number practice.

Coconut Play Dough Trees:
This play dough from last week smelled so yummy we had to use it again! I used packaged play dough mixed with coconut extract for this activity.  Madelynn had mostly free play but I encouraged her to build trees and then use the number magnets to climb the trees.

Chicka Chicka 123 Bin:
This bin was going to be for matching numbers but I just didn't have the time this week to create any printables, so Madelynn happily had free play time with the colored rice, foam numbers, and itty bitty cups for scoops.

And there you go! We had another busy and fun filled week.

So clearly we are super busy this week and taking a little break from tot school, but I already had all my plans made and prepped at home for the next 2 weeks so we are going to modify our calendar a little bit.  I just pushed everything back a week and combined pumpkins and Halloween.  Here is the new calendar:

 And here is what we have planned for next 2 weeks for our Fall and Weather themes:

And if you want to catch up on our past Tot School Plans, you can find them all here:


Sept:

Tot School Tuesday: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Who doesn't love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom? I'm not sure if it is the bright colors, the rhyming text or the simple and adorable story line, but this book is just a must read in our house on nearly a daily basis. We stuck to just reading this one book all week long and had lots of alphabet themed fun.

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Here were our plans for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Week:

And here is what we actually did:
We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom every day this week. Madelynn's favorite part was using her princess wand to point to the letters in the big book as we sang the ABC's at the beginning and end of the book. I love how much she learns about tracking print and letter identification from this book.

Chicka Chicka Felt Board:
We started the week with this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom felt board set. We practiced naming letters as they climbed the tree and of course shook the tree to make them all fall out.  I made the pieces for this set myself, but if you want something premade, we also had this tree in my classroom with Velcro letters from Lakeshore Learning.
Snip & Stamp Coconut Tree: 
I was so impressed with Madelynn's scissor skills last week I knew I had to keep incorporating some more practice this week. For this tree I precut the leaves and had her snip each one for a palm tree texture.  Then she glued the pieces onto a white piece of paper and stamped the letters in her name. This letter stamp set from Melissa and Doug is the perfect size and I love that it includes upper and lowercase letters.

ABC Bead Name Bracelet:
Madelynn is really doing well with identifying uppercase letters so we are starting to focus on just the lowercase letters in her name. I found these awesome Lowercase Letter Beads and wrote Madelynn's name on a plain piece of paper. She matched a bead to each letter first and then strung them together on a pipe cleaner for an easy little bracelet.  We also had some fun just playing with the letter beads and pipe cleaners and naming each one.

ABC Water Painting:
Have you seen these Melissa & Doug Alphabet Splash Cards? Yes... I know I have a serious Melissa & Doug obsession, probably second only to my Target obsession...But seriously folks these are amazing. I'm pretty sure I love painting them as much as Madelynn. All you do is fill the pen with water..YES WATER! for mess free painting on each card. An the best part? When they dry the picture turns white again so they can be used over and over! We've had these for almost a year and they are a staple car/restaurant/shopping cart/diaper bag toy for us. We actually got this Melissa & Doug Water Wow Splash Cards Bundle with Alphabet and Numbers & Colors so we have lots of options when we're out and about.
Handprint Coconut Tree:
Madelynn loves to paint, and we just don't do enough of it these days with a baby that could wake up at any moment, but Aubrey was taking a great nap one morning this week so we got to finish this fun handprint tree with letter stickers and even had time for some free painting.
I was pretty impressed with the fact that her tree was recognizable, although her daddy did quite understand my excitement.  If you've ever painted with a 2 year old I'm sure you'll understand.
Outdoor Letter Hunt:
Since the weather is still beautiful and summer like I am trying to get us outside as much as possible. This outdoor letter hunt was fun and super easy to set up.  We used this Foam Letter Puzzle Mat and I popped all the letters out, threw them all over the yard and let Madelynn search and reassemble her puzzle. So easy and kept her busy for a LONG time.
Letter Hop:
I planned on doing this activity outside too but of course it was rainy this week so we improvised with a letter hop on the carpet.  I put on some music to dance to and then whenever I stopped the song I shouted a letter and Madelynn had to find it. We used the same Foam Letter Puzzle Mat from above for easy premade letters.
Race & Wipe Letters:
Did you know you can write on windows with dry erase markers and it will wipe right off? When I found this out I thought it was so cool so I knew Madelynn would love it.  I wrote letters all over our front windows and then had Madelynn stand back a few feet. I gave her a letter and she had to run over, erase it and run back.  She's been requesting that I write on the windows every day since, so I'd say this was one of her favorites this week.
Squirt the Letter:
Fine motor and gross motor practice all rolled into one with this activity. I wrote a bunch of letters all over the ground with sidewalk chalk and then told Madelynn which letter to find and squirt with the spray bottle. This was a great activity for an unusually warm September day.
Coconut Tree Snacks:
I have to thank Pinterest for the inspiration for most of these snacks.  There are a million variations so just do a quick search for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom snack and you'll find tons of inspiration.
Alphabet Snack Mix:
This one was super easy. Madelynn just grabbed a handful of Alpha-Bits cereal, Scrabble Cheez-Its and pretzels and mixed them all together for this little snack.
Pretzel Build a Letter:
We had a little fun with this one building lots of letters with pretzel sticks. I made a letter first, then had Madelynn try to name and or copy the letter herself.
ABC Puzzle Hunt:
Madelynn loves puzzles so I thought we would make things a little more fun with this sensory bin.  I hid the pieces to her alphabet puzzle in a bin full of black beans for Madelynn to hunt for.  She definitely thought this was a little more exciting than just dumping and putting the puzzle back together.
Play Dough Letters:
You can never go wrong with play dough in our house so for this sensory activity, we used our letter cookie cutters and Play Dough Tools for a little letter practice.
Chicka Chicka Sensory Bin:
This bin included play sand, mini palm trees, and magnet letters.  Madelynn used her tweezers to hunt for letters and match them to this page. Click on the picture to grab a copy.
Letter Hunt:
We used the same letter hunt page with our next sensory bin. This bin had colored rice, foam letters and little cups to explore.
Coconut Play Dough Trees:
This play dough smelled so yummy! We used packaged play dough mixed with coconut extract for this activity.  I let Madelynn free play but I encouraged her to build coconut trees and then use the letter beads from earlier to climb the coconut trees.

Whew! That's it, we had another busy and fun filled week.

Here is what we have planned for next week, more Chicka Chicka fun, this time with Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3:
And the themes that will be coming soon: