ABC Play Dough Mats

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The Animal ABC Play Dough Mat set is complete!  If you have already purchased access to the Animal ABC Bundle & Extras, just use your original email with the login info to go back and download this set for free! If you lost your original email, just email me and give me your PayPal email and I can easily resend your info!

If you haven’t purchased the Animal ABC Bundle, and would like to, you can do that here!

If you don’t want the whole Animal ABC Bundle, you can purchase just this Play Dough Mat set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop!

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Next up…I plan to complete the Alphabet Mazes! I am planning to complete the original set and then possibly add an entire set specific to Animal ABCs also!

If you like the Play Dough ABC graphics, you can find an entire ABC mat to download in my post about the Busy Hands Box.image

Tot School Letter Hh

~Ladybug is currently 35.5 months old~


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We started Letter H this week, but did not come close to getting even half of our activities done, so I will continue with Hippo week until we finish!  This is a good thing because I lost almost all of our hippo photos, including our shaving cream spa and painting!!! Sad smile  When I went to find them, they weren’t there, I must have formatted the card without saving, not sure at ALL how I did that.  I lost many of our other school photos too.

Here is one hippo shot I found, of the hippos swimming in the water beads.IMG_3369


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I had lots of toys set up, her favorite was one of the most simple trays I created-a little bucket filled with random dice and an empty container.IMG_3321

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Lining them up and counting…IMG_3336

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She loves this ABC puzzle just as much as Krash did.  She did it several times this week!IMG_3344


Techy Tot

We have added MANY new books to our iPad book collection, the new recent FAVORITE is our Little Critter Set.  My kids have always loved Little Critter books and now to have 10 of the books in this set!  I am really getting into the digital books thing, although it has taken me awhile to jump on board.  I love that they can have the book read to them, or I can read it.  IMG_3545

Other recent favorites have been the Miko books from Apps By Auryn.  The kids just love this little mouse!  See more iPad Apps we love here!


Life School

We went camping together on Thurs and Friday nights!  It was chilly but wonderful.  Ladybug LOVED it, she is such an outdoorsy kid.

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She loved the unlimited time with her Daddy!

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The leaves were a BIG hit!IMG_4067

Our new kitty came wit us, Ladybug bonded with her and it was just so sweet to watch,

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Tot School ~ Letter F {frog}

~Ladybug is currently 34.5 months old~


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Here is her desk set up for letter F…IMG_1543

The items in the pocket chart are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added frogs on her desk, including all of our Webkinz Frogs! {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter F is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

We also had several frog books off to the side in her pink basket. I had a frog blanket I put out as well as our little frog game, which was a BIG hit.IMG_1545

On her shelves, nothing really frog related except for the top…IMG_1552

 

Here are some Letter F and Frog ideas for you…

 

  She barely worked in her notebook at all this week, really just on one day.IMG_1560

She colored her frogs happily…IMG_1628

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She put dot stickers on another frog dot sheet

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Here she is working on Letter F Dot Fun, we used pom pom magnets this time {hot glue small magnets to puff balls}This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.IMG_1850

She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  This week she saw the letter on her desk and went at it with her markers!  She colored the entire thing dark blue!  Another day we cut frogs together, mostly she did it on her own this time!IMG_1801

Then she glued her frogs on her F…

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I snapped a pic of her first 6 letters before I put them in her keepsake notebook for Animal ABCs.IMG_1837

 

I made some other frog printables for Ladybug, I just don’t have them ready to share yet-gotta adjust and upload the files.  I will, promise, just short on time right now!  I made a letter maze to match the animal.  At first she only wanted to put the magnets on every square, so I let her.  Then she noticed she didn’t have enough and logic set in.IMG_1853I told her she would have enough if she just put them on the pathway of letter Ff’s.  She did and loved it!IMG_1855

 

She is VERY into play doh letters.  I am working on a new set of A-Z play doh mats that feature the animals from Animal ABCs!  She LOVED these and worked on it a few timesIMG_1862

 

We made a frog inspired by No Time for FlashcardsIMG_1819

 

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Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills. 

This week we did lesson 6, continuing our work with rhyming words.  No photos of that part this week!

She loved the letter page this week!IMG_1823

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She was SO proud of her completed work.  As you can see she worked for a long time and really focused on the details.  She chose all colors herself!IMG_1842


Learning-Toys_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thu[1]It was learning toy week for her.  Usually she is more of a table gal, but she played TONS with her toys, which I loved!  All of this was her choice, if it were up to me we’d do way more of this every week!

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Noah’s Ark, she insisted on putting the animals in their proper holes…IMG_1568

This is the best baby toy ever.  All 3 of my kids still play with this thing!  Here she was spinning her frogs around!IMG_1574

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Pattern Blocks on the dishwasher with Krash…

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My girl loved the new colors of play doh.  She got busy cutting snakes right away!

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She is in LOVE with Skylanders {it’s a video game if you don’t have school age boys, and I recently added a Kindergarten Pack to my website here!} and this is her favorite, Wrecking Ball.  She made him with the Play Doh.  She is such the little sis of BROTHERS!IMG_1709

She didn’t used to like this toy, but she went to it several times this week.  It is a challenge for her, but she can do it!IMG_1714

More pattern block time, she loves that her magnets are all organized now {I got that little click together box set at Target, actually I got several of them!}IMG_1717


Hanging ith the big Kids

This is a new section for Ladybug, it will contain all of the things she does because she simply wants to do whatever the boys are doing!

Here they are doing their Calendar Notebooks, while she sits and colors in her Tot Time Notebook.  She said to me several times, “Mommy, I wuv my notebook.”  ;-)

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We are back to focusing on our virtues from We Choose Virtues.  We started learning about being Diligent this week.  She LOVES the cards and asks to hold them.  Guess they make good telescopes?IMG_1778

We are studying Brazil thanks to our Little Passports.  I have brought out all of our South America stuff and we just do a little each day-nothing major.  She LOVED the puzzle and wanted to do it herself!  She repeated all of the countries with me too!IMG_1864


Moms FavoriteThe girl is obsessed with her tutu collection and often has one on.  Her recent activity of the day is running around the living room and dancing.  It’s really just running, but she thinks she is doing a very fancy dance.IMG_1612


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Tot School ~ Letter E

~Ladybug is currently 34 months old~


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Here is her desk set up for letter E…

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The items in the pocket chart are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added elephants on her desk, including both of our Webkinz Elephants! {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter E is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

We also had several elephant books off to the side in her pink basket. Our Betty Lukens Safari Felt Set was displayed for her also.

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Here are some Letter E and Elephant ideas for you…

 

She did a lot of notebook work again, IMG_1424

…thankfully I caught the notebook one day after she was finished with a round of writing!

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Here she is working on Letter E Dot Fun, she chose to use stickers.  I offered her the option of using pom pom magnets, dot paint, or stickers and she chose stickers, again!  This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.IMG_1471

She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  We used gray “snow paint” at her request!  She painted her letter E, then we stuck her elephants right in the paint, since it has glue in the mixture, this worked perfectly!  No photos of this part, my hands were a mess along with hers!

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After painting our letter, we sent the elephants to the “spa.”  She had SO much fun with this, rubbing them in shaving cream!!IMG_1413

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Here is the completed letter E…IMG_1457

I showed her my Elephant Theme Pinterest board and let her choose an activity she wanted to do, she chose the elephant cut and glue from Making Learning Fun!  I did the cutting, helped her with the gluing a bit, and she did the coloring on her own!IMG_1455

More elephant ideas here…image

Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills. 

This week we did lesson 5, continuing our work with rhyming words.  First we did a lot of oral work, matching all of the pictures together.  Then we chose a few and played a memory game.

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We read the letter E story and she asked to look through the book herself.  She LOVED the cat story and giggled as she “read” it!IMG_1505 

She added dot paint “peanuts” for the elephant to eat on her letter E page… IMG_1499


Techy TotShe loves Starfall and can manage the site almost entirely on her own now!  She loves the little story activities!IMG_1488

She also loves just sitting and watching Krash do whatever he is working on!IMG_1493


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Krash is having “Webkinz” week for his school so all of our pets are in the schoolroom and she is LOVING this!  I can’t count how many times she has lined them up in some way!IMG_1389

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Tot School ~ Letter D

~Ladybug is currently 33.5 months old~


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Here is her desk set up for letter D…

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The items in the pocket chart are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added dolphins on her desk, and also a little basket with shells and mini wooden dolphins we had. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter D is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

We also had several dolphin books off to the side in her pink basket. Our Betty Lukens Ocean Felt Set was displayed for her also.IMG_0506

Here are some Letter D and Dolphin ideas for you…

 

On our other shelf I put our water beads tub and showed her that she could add the shells and dolphins into it.  She LOVED it.  Hours of play have taken place with this bin!IMG_0509IMG_0514 IMG_0516

 

She finally wanted to color her flashcards, she asked for them specifically and wanted me to color one and she wanted to color this one…    IMG_0523

She worked in her notebook a lot, but not as much as Letter A and Letter B week!IMG_0530

She really enjoys the coloring each week, here she was coloring her dolphins and had set up her dolphin puppet to watch her!IMG_0533

 

I created a new activity for her, which I have added to the Animal ABC purchase page for now {if you have already purchased, just log back in and download the Dot Fun set, if you purchase now, it is included with the rest of the set!}.  I might offer these one by one for free in the future but I am short on time for now, so the set is only available in the bundle option.  Here she is working on Letter D Dot Fun, she chose to use stickers.  I offered her the option of using pom pom magnets, dot paint, or stickers and she chose stickers!IMG_0651

 

She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  I offered her blue “snow paint” which obviously we called “ocean paint” for this activity!  She painted her letter D, IMG_0654

Then we stuck her dolphins right in the paint, since it has glue in the mixture, this worked perfectly!IMG_0659

After crafting, she played!  We added her mini dolphin toys to the fun and she was in HEAVEN!IMG_0676

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Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even is s/he is the same age!


We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.  She is a bit too young for the program and Krash is a bit too old, so that’s why we are using it together.

This week we did lesson 4, again, working on rhyming words.

She chose to color her letter D page by herself this week, wanting the entire thing dark blue…IMG_0524


Learning-Toys_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thuSorting counting bears by color, in our colored bowls {a Discovery Toys toy-feeling hats, I think}…IMG_0527

Playing Fish ABCs with me, finding the letters on the board and matching the fish…IMG_0537

4 piece puzzles in a tiny ocean book we have…IMG_0542

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One day I was feeling brave so we made snowmen together.  We used “snow paint.”  I had each child choose a color too, Ladybug chose purple.  I cut out her snowman circles for her and then she went at it!IMG_0565

 

After the painting was done, we played with the shaving cream alone!  I cannot believe I waited so long to let her do this, she LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!IMG_0593

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The next day we designed our snowmen, here is Ladybug’s sad man…IMG_0694


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Curls and giggles!

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Silly, silly girl…

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