Tot School ~ Pumpkins & Dinos!

~Krash is currently 41.5 months old~
** links to all toys and books are at the bottom of the post

Learning Toys/Trays

Krash loved his Play Doh tray! I put a pumpkin and a cross cookie cutter on it, along with some orange and yellow play doh. This kept him busy for a long time! We had fun making different shapes for the Jack O Lantern’s eyes, nose and mouth.

Here he is sorting by shapes. I gave him 4 different shapes (from a Dollar Tree bucket of foam shapes), along with 4 little craft cups that each had a shape drawn inside (I drew them with a Sharpie). He did well with this as it was his first time sorting by shapes and not color!
Here he has a Styrofoam circle (AC Moore), 4 pick-up-sticks, some colored bracelets and mini tongs (from Target…in a bug kit we got). I had him transfer the colored bracelets to the matching stick.

Nothing quite as fun as cutting the Play Doh dude’s hair, huh?
Pac Man taught K how to play Hyper Dash (this is a great game if you don’t have it…good for Christmas!)

A bit of Connect 4 with Daddy…

The boys LOVE when our seasonal Little People toys come out. A favorite is the Mayflower!

He had tons of fun playing with his bristle blocks and peg set…


Theme…Dinosaurs!

Krash was a dino for Halloween!

I surprised Krash with a new Melissa and Doug Dino puzzle. He loves his other set like this so I splurged on Amazon for him!

We all worked together to color some sheet from Pac Man’s dino lapbook

We were inspired by Our Crafts n Things to make special dinosaurs…



Life School…

We got a special package from a great blogging friend, Julie, who is also a missionary in Hungary! K is in love with the pencil she sent to him!

We went to the pumpkin patch!!!!
He was such a big by running around and playing all by himself!

He even fed chickens!
We don’t have leaves in the inner city, so this was a BIG treat…


Mommy’s Favorites…

First this was my favorite…
then I thought it might be this one…
but finally decided on this one!!!

Raising Rock Stars ~ The Pumpkin Patch Parable


Bible Focus…The Pumpkin Patch Parable

We had fun talking about Halloween again, and what it means for our family as Christians. I made the boys a coloring book based on the book, The Pumpkin Patch Parable, to help illustrate the meaning of the story for them.

First, Daddy read them the book (Ladybug was napping)…
Then we headed to the table where I told them the story again using the coloring pages I created for them. We all colored them together as we talked all about the meaning. Even my Dad joined us!

I also had Pac Man make a Memory Cross to illustrate the story, he did a great job!
It was a fun night, and we are all looking forward to bringing the lesson we learned to life when we select and carve our REAL pumpkins this week!

Weekly Bible Verse…
Songs for Saplings ~ Ee
We work on our verse every day during calendar time, and we also listen to the entire Songs for Saplings CD during recess at least 1-2 days per week!

Resources used this week:

 

Tot School ~ Life School

~Krash is currently 41.5 months old~

To say it was an off week would be an understatement! I had planned on having a normal week of school but decided by Tuesday to take a week off. One of our *children in Christ* got married yesterday. This is a young man who we met over 5 years ago while he was still in college. He grew up in the neighborhood we serve and soon after moving here he became a part of our family. My husband was the best man in the wedding and we did a lot to help prepare and to love on them during this time. It was a joyous occasion, and also one that took us completely out of normal routine last week during the final push to wedding day! So, Tot school went on hold, but Life School was in full force!

Theme ~ Dinosaurs!

We did have one day and just 2 pictures of actual Tot School, from our Dino Stuff!

Here K is matching up the dinos to the ABCs. This activity is for the episode called “One Smart Dinosaur” where the conductor sings the dinosaur ABCS. I copied the entire song and made little cards to go with it, both boys love it!Here he is working on 1-10, and also patterning…
Life School…

Nanee sent the boys an ant farm (oooh goody ~ I hate ants)

Krash has a chore he loves (and I love it too), he takes the cloth diapers off the clothesline for me now!

Camping in the basement..

Krash, Krashing….and loving it!

Sharing with brother… (oooh my heart is melting, so glad I caught this on camera for proof!)

Mommy’s Favorite…

A little taxi service with the Plasma Car! (don’t forget to enter to win one! Winner will be chosen later tonight!)

 

Dinosaur Tot Pack

It’s done! I have been working on this Tot Pack for a long time now, trying to make tons of fun stuff for Krash! We are in the middle of using the pack right now, so you’ll be seeing more of the dino theme in the next couple of Tot School posts! We are having SO much fun!

 

Raising Rock Stars ~ Halloween



Bible Focus…Sharing God’s Love on Halloween

We took a break from our weekly Bible stories to spend some time talking about Halloween and what it means for us as Christians. In the neighborhood where we live and serve as missionaries, the scary part of Halloween is everywhere. People decorate like crazy and there is no avoiding it. We feel it is important to not just ignore this holiday but to find a way how we as believers can share the light of Christ on this day that is often focused on the evil and darkness of the world.

We personally allow our children to dress up and have fun on Halloween, usually spending the evening at our church for the fun party! Our house is all decked out in fun fall stuff and also TONS of Jack O Lanterns. (The Jack O Lantern-God takes all of our yuckies out and puts His light in us- lesson is on the agenda for next week!)

We began by reading the book, Let’s Shine Jesus’ Light On Halloween, which is filled with Bible verses that we really focused on.

We then came to the table where the boys each made their own “Christian Pumpkin.”

First they colored them orange…

Then we cut them out and glued the poem on the back…

Finally we added the symbols to the pumpkin, and talked about what they mean…

Here’s our finished Christian Pumpkins…
Krash was SO very proud of his, it was the sweetest thing. At one point he said, “I got to make mine all pretty like Pac Man’s.” He colored forever to get it all orange!

Weekly Bible Verse…
Songs for Saplings ~ Dd
We work on our verse every day during calendar time, and we also listen to the entire Songs for Saplings CD during recess at least 1-2 days per week!

Resources used this week:

**If you’re looking for more info about how to handle Halloween, head over here to read Hallow-What…a great collection from many ladies!