Tot School Gathering Place Week 163

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

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Wow! Where has this month gone? The last full week of February is upon us! I hope you have been enjoying each moment with your Tot! Don’t forget to share those fun moments with us here at the Gathering Place! I love seeing all the creative activities you and your Tot enjoy together! Keep up the great work, Mamas!!!

Head on over to Hoosier Homestead to see what Mama Vanessa and her Tot Meghan have been up to this week!

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Easter is only five weeks away! Take a look at SmartE PartE to see the Easter themed tot trays and sensory bin that Mama Kristin put together for Tot E to learn from and enjoy!

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Fun with Mama has created a number of different Tot Trays to keep those little ones busy! Take a peek at all the fun that Tot Didi and Mama Nadia enjoyed so far this month!02212016 Fun with Mama


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Penguin and Pinecone Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kit Review

 Penguin and Pinecone Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

We continue to be in love with Ivy Kids Kits.  These are by far the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivky Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

This is a photo of the inside of the box, there is a fabulous reference guide on the box to show you all of the items and activities included at-a-glance. We were sent  “Penguin and Pinecone” for this review. 

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When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit.  I mean EVERYthing.  These kits are incredible!

Each activity has a very well written instruction and idea sheet.  I organize all of these in sheet protectors in a binder.  They come in these great plastic baggies, but this method works better for my brain.

I keep all of the bigger items in the box, and when we chose an activity, I go to the box and grab what we need.

 

Activities From Our Box…

I showed her the book first and she immediately curled up to read it herself.  I read it to her also.

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She LOVED it!

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We began by extending the story and making scarfs for the tree and the pinecone, just like the book.  She loved the little plush penguin and sled.

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Planting her own pine tree seed was a BIG HIT! I was hoping the seed would actaully grow, and thankfully it did!

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About 2 weeks later she has a sprout! We will plant it in our yard in the spring!

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We used the cute little walking penguin to play a game together using the included alphabet board.  She wound up the penguin and let him walk on the board, wherever he landed she had to think of a word that started with that letter!

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Any craft is her favorite craft.  She loved making the penguin bag and the snowflake mobile. The mobile took her awhile, each snowflake is laced!

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One of the best things about these kits is the organization.  The clear instructions allowed me to leave activities for my mom to do with her while she was babysitting one day!  They did the BINGO activity together and played the Feed the Penguin game with the cute little fishies.  Nanee even took some pictures for me!

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We explored a pinecone together and learned lots of facts about them!  She loved this!

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She spent SO long getting her pinecone craft just right.  We are planning to use it as a Christmas tree ornament!

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We ended with a bang, a very successful pinecone in water experiment.  She had to guess what she thought would happen to the pinecone after it was in water for awhile.  Based on what she had learned, she guessed that it would close up.

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It did!  She was amazed!  It closed up even more after I took this photo! 

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Her enthusiasm for these activities is through the roof, she loves her “box time” and begs me to do something from the box all the time! You can see ALL of the activities included in the box here!

We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, which we reviewed a couple of months ago.

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20% off your first kit for NEW Subscribers to the monthly subscription kits!

Use code: IVY20

10% off all past kits during February 2016

Use code: IVYWINTER

A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review.  If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!



Owl Opposites ~ Dot Fun Which One?

Owl Opposites Dot Fun Which One

Awhile back we shared our first three sets of Owl Opposites printables, opposites flashcards, memory, and  mix and match printables.

We use several things for Dot Fun pages, including these squeeze pack tops that we save from our applesauce!  We also use dot paint, dot stickers, magnets and more.  See many ideas for Dot Fun printables here!

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There are 3 different pages like this in the set. You can keep them whole like I did or cut them into small cards. This dot fun set gives the child a multiple choice option when selecting the correct answer. Use these with dot paint or stickers for one time use, or reuse them over and over by using magnets, bottle tops, and more!

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Opposites are a great thing to expose young children to, choose a few if you have a toddler or preschooler and add more as they are mastered. Don’t bring them all out at once, gradually build up!

 

Download your free Owl Opposites Dot Fun Which One here! 

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Grab the Owl Opposites Flashcards hereOwl Memory here, and Owl Opposites Mix & Match here!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 162

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I love all you amazing Mamas! You bless my heart on a daily basis and I am thankful for all the wonderful ideas that you post to the Gathering Place! I hope you enjoy your day showing love to your family! Don’t forget to link up this week with your creative ideas you use to teach those beautiful Tots!

Mama Cristi and Tot Baby E have been busy this week! Head on over to The Keeper of the Memories to see what activities Tot Baby E enjoyed throughout the week!

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Are you looking for a fun science experiment to do with your Tot? Check out Teacher Mom Plus 3 to see the fun activity that Mama Ayan and her Tot enjoyed!

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Have you ever gone to the store and seen the countless number of scissors and wonder which one to get your Tot? Take a peek at the recommendation that Tiny Tots Adventures put together to take the confusion out of picking the right scissors for your Tot! 02142016 Tiny Tots Adventures


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 Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).



Accordion Book Printables

Accordion Book Printables

When my kids were little they loved mini accoridion books.  Something about the design really drew their attention.  My daughter especially loved them, begging me to make them with her.  I never really put all of the accordion books I created all in one place until now!

On the new Accordion Book page you’ll find all of these and I hope to add more in the future!  Alphabet, Shapes & Numbers, Bugs, Farm and Ocean are there now!

Download all of these for free here!

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