~Caden is 24.5 months old~
E is for Egg
This week we had fun playing and reviewing food related vocabulary. I took the emphasis off printables and just had fun playing. Caden is not interested in printables most of the time and even though I have based the themes around a letter, Caden isn’t learning his letters like I thought he would. So I may be changing the format of my themes and lessons in the near future.
This week Caden reached a gross motor milestone when he attempted to climb out of his crib. He didn’t success in escaping because he got stuck. He was in there for hitting the dog (but that’s another story). He began to call for me and I grabbed my camera as I had my suspicions.
This week we used the Letter E printables from 1+1+1=1. As I said already Caden wasn’t interested in using the printables much, but he does like the vocabulary pictures. He was pointing to the pictures and telling me what they were or I would ask him and he would tell me if he knew what the picture was or I would tell him.
I also used the Ee is for Eggs printable from here for the magnet board. Caden likes to place the pompoms on the circles. We also counted the number of eggs to place in the nest.
I created a few new activities for the tot tray shelves. On the top shelf is a little bucket of eggs, a utensil sorting tray and a shape puzzle. I used Easter eggs and cut felt and craft glue to create egg yolks in matching colors. Caden wasn’t interested in matching the yolks to the eggs, only in cracking open the eggs.
I picked up a utensil tray at the dollar store and used the Dishes printable pack from 3 Dinosaurs to label the tray. Again Caden wasn’t interested in playing with this tray properly. He was more interested in using the utensils with his play dough.
On the middle shelf is a bowl with various kitchen items (oven mitts, rolling-pin, bowl, spatula, whisk, etc.), an egg shape sorter, and a winter themed tray. On the bottom shelf is the LeapFrog Letter Factory bucket and the Melissa and Doug stacking cubes.
Caden enjoying pulling all the kitchen ware out of the large bowl and playing with it. He is particularly fond of the whisk, rolling-pin and oven mitts.
One afternoon Caden woke up from his nap to a play scene. I had set up his little table with a table-cloth and his play dishes. He was very excited to play with his kitchen and play food. We sat down and “ate” as we discussed the different foods and counted how many we had in the basket.
Over the weekend Caden had a lot of fun helping Daddy wash the dog. He thought it as hilarious! And he keeps saying the dog needs a bath now.
Other fun things we did this week include play dough, paint and puzzles. The three P’s.
Caden incorporated the utensil tray into the play dough fun. He liked to use the butter knife to cut the play dough.
One morning when I needed to get something done, I brought out a paint with water page and let Caden paint. This is the perfect activity for artistic toddlers and it doesn’t leave a big mess to clean up.
Caden has mastered this puzzle and other puzzles we have like this. I think it is time for more challenging puzzles.
Caden also spent some time playing with various apps on the iPad. He really enjoys playing on the iPad and gets better at it everyday. I am always looking for new apps to try with him. What are your toddler’s favorites?
Here Caden is playing the new Agnitus app.
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