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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Katie's Tot Trays for September

Can you believe we're wrapping up September??  Where did the time go?  Next it will be time for pumpkins!  

I wasn't sure how much Katie would be up for in September, with having surgeries on the 5th, but she's quite a trooper.

She's been enjoying the "a'mals" from our toobs.  She and Hannah have been asking to play with these quite a bit the last couple weeks. Wedgits, too.

But she most emphatically did not enjoy finger painting our autumn trees!  I was surprised at this, since water beads don't bother her.  Now that I think about it, she didn't enjoy a shaving cream activity, either.  We'll have to work on messy more.

Here, she's showing off her rainbow of new dot markers .  I finally broke down and got another set, after realizing the ones we had were bought in Santa Rosa at least a decade ago.

I've always photocopied the pages out of our dot marker books so all the kids could use them, but now with Katie being the last one, I'm tearing them out and letting her use the books up.  There are plenty of printable dot marker pages online nowadays, too, should we finally run out someday.

The pouch lids continue to be a fun diversion.  Katie has started stacking them in patterns now, too.

Saw this idea online recently and thought, "Hey, we have 10# of craft sand we're not doing anything with!"

The sand sticks to the contact paper.

The peanut gallery got into this craft.  I had to tell certain teens that Katie didn't actually need (or want!) their help.

As usual, Katie did just fine on her own.

I ended up vacuuming the table after this craft.

This activity kind of flopped.  I had grand ideas of making hair bow holders from these by gluing ribbons onto the back after they were finished coloring them.

They had fun coloring the wooden princesses from Oriental Trading Co.

But when they were done, I realized I don't especially want to see them on the wall every day for the next few years.

I know I've shared pony bead activities before, but they really are one of Katie's favorites.  I picked up some new bracelet blanks for her, which she likes.

She made several that matched, then started branching out into patterns.

She later showed me her "Cismis" one that is red and green.  I had no idea she knew those were "Christmas colors."

Hannah has one more week off before heading back to school.  The girls have started to bicker a bit, so I know Hannah will be glad to get back to class.  Katie will miss her when she's gone, though.

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  1. Your daughter looks like she's having a great time with all those fun activities!

    1. :) I wish I had the time and energy for a full preschool program with her, but for now, this seems to be working well for us.

  2. You do such a wonderful job with your kids. I am loving all the activities. Thanks so much for sharing these with us!

    Every time I come here, I always feel warm in my heart. It's a nice place to hang out.

  3. I love all these tot tray ideas! And it sure looks like she is having fun. Where do you find those bracelets? My girls would all love that activity. Thanks for sharing over on Toddler Idea Tuesday, I love seeing the activities you come up with. I hope you can stop by for a visit again this week.

    1. The bracelets are available on Amazon or Oriental Trading Co. I got mine at OTC because they were cheaper there.