To jump-start Bug Week, Joshua and I went to our nearby resource center that had a bug day for kids. Joshua loved finding plastic insects in the mound of spaghetti noodles. It was his first time using kid tweezers. I highly recommend trying them out for your toddler because they help with fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Little Man had a tough time understanding how to pick up the bugs with the tweezers...something I will continue to work with him on.
There was also a playdoh table with insect cookie cutters. We tried to make butterflies, snails, and caterpillars out of playdoh. Little Man spent 75% of the time playing at this table. It was also his first time playing with playdoh (horrible mom here...but originally thought Playdoh was better for kids ages 3 and up...I was wrong. Even 2 year olds enjoy it!).
As you've heard from other Toddler Tuesday posts, any time I can find something my son has a love for I try to encourage it. He has gone through a music phase, alphabet phase, bubbles, and now really enjoys Playdoh. So I made a trip to the store and bought him some. We also have a home-educator that visits Joshua twice a month to make sure he's on the right track developmentally and ready for preschool. She came over yesterday and we made playdoh. Again, bad mommy/teacher here because I have NEVER made playdoh in my life. Oops. It is really easy to make and is more cost efficient.
One day, I scattered Joshua's plastic bugs around the house and had a Bug Hunt. Joshua ran around collecting all the buggers and put them in the "bug house". *On a side note: I hate these bugs! Joshua leaves them all over the house, making me do a second-glance because they look so real. I think I'll have to "free" these buggers someday soon... I also get a kick out of the fact that Joshua will come over and poke me with these critters to scare me. Such a boy.
You can't go wrong with themed learning. As a former kindergarten teacher every day was focused on themes. Every day we did activities to promote the alphabet and numbers. The class also had a full week of an apple unit, space unit, farm unit, and all about dinosaurs. It was a blast! That is basically what I want to focus on here for Toddler Tuesdays for awhile--doing themed toddler units. I will also focus on favorite children's books and come up with activities to go along with the book. So stay tuned!