Dog’s Colorful Day Unit Study with Ivy Kids

Dog's Colorful Day Ivy Kids Kit Review

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

Our love for Ivy Kids Kits continues! These continue to be the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivy 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.

We were sent Dog’s Colorful Day for this review.

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Here’s ALL that was included in this kit:

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    • The book Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, a messy story about colors and counting. 
    • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
    • Your Own Colorful Dog: A soft and cuddly dog to color and use for story-retelling.
    • Paint by Number: Roll the die, select the corresponding color paint dauber, and paint a space with the number that was rolled.
    • My Dog’s Colorful Adventure: After reading the story Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, create your own story about a messy dog.
    • Colorful Dog Puppet: Create a dog puppet with 10 colorful spots and re-tell the story Dog’s Colorful Day.
    • Roll-a-Spot: Roll the die and cover the matching spot on your board with a colored chip. Be the first player to cover all the spots on your board to win the game.
    • Letter Match: Cover each letter space on the board with the matching letter sticker. Can you find and cover all the hidden letters on the picture?
    • Create a Colorful Sun-catcher with Wet Glue Painting: Add different drops of coloring onto wet glue and use a stick to create a colorful design in the glue. Once the glue is dry, hang in a sunny window and enjoy!
    • Dog Race: Roll and Dot! Roll the dice and use the paint daubers to stamp a dot in the column displaying the number rolled. Continue rolling and stamping until the paint dots reach the top of at least one dog column. Which dog column will win the race? 
    • Story Re-telling Cards: After reading Dog’s Colorful Day, use the cards to retell the story. Your child can sequence the cards in the same order as they appeared in the story. 
    • Mixing Colors in Water: Explore color mixing by adding different colors to water. Then record your findings on a observation sheet. 
    • Patterns on Bones: Use the colored chips to continue the pattern on each bone. Can you make your own pattern?
    • How many spots do I have?: Create your own number stories about Dog and his colored spots.
      She was SO excited to open our box and see a stuffed dog! She loves stuffed animals and dogs!

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Activities From Our Box…

After reading the book, she immediately begged to begin decorating her stuffed dog!

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We usually spread our activities out over a few weeks. often doing a “box” activity after we have finished her regular schoolwork. Although some of these activities are below her school level, she still enjoys them and loves to share them with you through pictures.  She knows I blog about these kits and loves to help me share with other families.

Below you can see us sequencing the story together…

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The more crafts the better for her! She loved the dog puppet craft!

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She grabbed the sticker matching activity one day and said, “I know I already know my letters and numbers, but this is fun!”

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Her brother joined in on this day, and we made the sun-catchers together!

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We also did the color-mixing activity together. They both loved these activities!!

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She loves the printable games included, and often plays with me and then again by herself!  Below we were playing Dog Race: Roll and Dot.

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I love that she still has fun with activities like this although she is a bit old for them. Below she was painting by number.

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Patterns on the dog bones!

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She asked me recently if she could keep doing these boxes. She said, “I know I am getting old for them but they are just so fun, I love them!” You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, Penguin & Pinecone kit, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! kit, Over in the Ocean and Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats!

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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!

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!

Finish the Picture ~ Trace & Color Bugs and Critters

Finish the Picture Trace and Color Bugs

Finish the Picture Drawing Printables are a fun and simple way to encourage creativity in drawing with a bit of support by providing a traceable outline to get a child started.

Here’s an example of before and after.

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As you can see I scaled the pages down to print half sheets.  See how to do that here!



Finish drawing a butterfly, dragonfly, praying mantis, ant, grasshopper, beetle, snail, fly, slug, spider, scorpion and caterpillar!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 220

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!


April is here!! We have made it through winter! Though I did see some of my friends up north are still having snow! I’m so sorry! Hopefully warm, sunny days aren’t too far behind! This Wednesday, the first Wednesday of April, is National Walking Day! It is part of the American Heart Association’s effort to promote walking as a healthy form of exercise and almost everyone can participate! So, if you aren’t snow bound, put on your sneakers and take a walk around with your Tot! And don’t forget to post to the Gathering Place all the fun activities you take part in with your Tot! We love to see what you’re up to!

Does your Tot enjoy dinosaurs? Does she need help learning her colors? Head on over to Mixed Bag Mama and check out the activities that Mama Alicia and Tot Myka enjoyed doing this week! The combination may be just the thing to help them learn!

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The letter X was the main feature of Tot School for Mama Kate and Tot Adam! But Tot School Table Time is starting to take a backseat with the weather turning nicer and Tot School Outdoor Exploration is in full swing! What do you do when the weather turns nicer? Check out Living a Mission, Being a Mummy and see what they accomplished this week!

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Spring is in the air! Take a look at the Play Dough Math Trays that GrandMama Deb from Living Montessori Now created for her GrandTot Zoey. They will definitely add some fun to your Tot’s day!04022017 Living Montessori Now

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Exploring Division with Spielgaben

Exploring Division with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

We have had our Spielgaben set for years now and have grown with it. This year for 2nd grade, we are using Spielgaben as an extension of our math curriculum.

Recently she saw a division symbol while we were playing a game and told me she didn’t know how to do that. Her comment led me to choose to explore division in a hands on way with her before she even gets to it in her main math curriculum! I am so glad we did this, she caught on quickly and loved it!

I chose an activity from Math Guide 2, called “Sharing Chocolate Chip Cookies,” it’s Play 17 on page 58 if you have the guide. We used the small dots instead of the semi circles.

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We followed the lesson almost exactly, except that I added in sticky notes to sow her the concept on paper as we worked with the pieces. You can see my drawings on this one, which illustrates the vocabulary I taught her as we learned. Four cookies, divided between two people, means that each person gets two cookies!

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We went on by adding more people, and also by using different numbers of cookies to illustrate many different division problems.

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After modeling several times, I gave her a problem and had her write the division problem for it. This was a great moment when she realized she could do it!

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Finally, I showed her the fascinating fact that division is the opposite of multiplication! She was amazed! This was a fabulous lesson and I am thankful to have Spielgaben in our life so I am more intentional with doing fun lessons like this in addition to her regular math curriculum!

See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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Fun with Shapes Mega Bundle

Fun with Shapes Mega Bundle - LOADS of shape printables!


I am excited to share our new Fun with SHAPES Mega Bundle with you! If you have a tot, preschooler, Kindergartner or 1st grader be sure to take a look! This bundle is filled with 20 different activities focusing on 12 different shapes. You’ll find activities featuring the following shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, heart, star, diamond, hexagon, pentagon, oval, arrow, and crescent.

This set includes many fun printable activities that not only focus on shapes, but also literacy skills, colors, early math skills and more. It’s a great early childhood set!

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Fun with Shapes Mega Bundle

Fun with Shapes Mega Bundle

Fun with Shapes Mega Bundle

Here’s all that is included in this bundle…

Flashcards ~ print 2 sets and you can play memory with these also.

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BINGO boards ~ use the above flashcards with the BINGO boards to call out the shapes.


Shape Q-Tip Painting

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Shape Cut and Match

Shape Cut and Match (1) Shape Cut and Match (2)

Shape Graphing

Shape Graphing (1) Shape Graphing (2) Shape Graphing (3)

Color By Shape and Shape Accordion Book

Color By Shape Shape Accordion Book

Shapes Clip & Learn Wheel and Patterns with Shapes

Shape Clip & Learn Shape Patterns

Shapes Trace and Color

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Cut and Glue Matching Shapes

Shapes Cut, Match and Glue Shape Matching

Dot Fun Which One?, Which is Different?, and How Many?

Shape Dot Fun Shapes Which is Different Shapes How Many

Mixed Up Memory

Shape Memory (1) Shape Memory (2)

Shape Play Dough Mats

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Cut and Match the Sentences

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Trace the Shape Names

Shape Tracing (1) Shape Tracing (2)

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