June 22, 2009

Tot School~23 months: Chalk boards & Dancing Barney


Tot School
~JI and TJ are 23 months~

Teaching the older kids has become quite difficult with the babies. Desperate times call for desperate measures. So, this week, I was alot more creative. I pulled out alot more activities for the babies to use. Once they got tired of one thing, I whipped out something new for them. This seemed to work well, except for all the stuff I had to pick up off the floor and sort out. If I didn’t sort it then, the activities probably would not have been ready to pull out later in the week. So, in attempts to be obedient and spend less time blogging, I will just focus on some of the activites that the babies liked best.

They played with these little chalk boards that I found at the Dollar Store. They had fun drawing and erasing…and then breaking the chalk. It may look like I have a lefty, but he actually uses both hands. I am really going to try to push the right hand, becuase I just don’t know how I in the world I would go about teaching a lefty how to write!

As always, they played with their puff balls, spoons, cups, and bowls. But, I wised up and used some old plastic bowls and I got them some little plastic tumbler cups for the Dollar Store…hopefully they won’t be able to break these!)

Finally, the last highlight was playing with their Barney Move ‘N Groove Dance Mat.

A friend of mine gave this to us and the babies absolutely love it! It plays music and there are little “games” that you can play on it. Oh, and yes, Barney dances and talks! Way too cute!!

So, those were just a few of the things that we did this week.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13433600467536585732 jd6405

    What a fun week! I love the chalk boards! I will have to see if I can find one for Sunshine at my local dollar store. As for the left handed thing; please don’t push him to become a righty. IMHO, that is not a great thing to do as if he is truly a lefty he will have problems later in life if he is forced to be a righty. I have first hand experience with this. Just my 2 cents!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02602135742666865515 Mama Jenn

    Thanks jd6405!!! I really appreciate your input. I was halfway joking when I talked about forcing the right hand. (I wouldn’t really FORCE him to use his right hand.) For now he uses both…for everthing! I guess we will have to just wait and see which hand takes preference! {smile} But, thank you! I can totally see how forcing him could cause probs in the future!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02857223923072223675 Orlandrea

    How adorable!! My daughter started out a lefty and now uses both hands. She’s seven. When we were looking to put her in school, the testing teacher said to force her to pick a hand. I didn’t wanna do that since she was using both regularly. It’s fun to watch them switch hands in the middle of writing or drawing and throw everyone off. LOL

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03531558038661679151 Raising a Happy Child

    Great week – I loved the dancing mat picture.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03531558038661679151 Raising a Happy Child

    Great week – I loved the dancing mat picture.