Every week or so, in between sports class, visits to and from family and friends, play dates, appointments, errands and free play, I pick a topic for my toddler and I to do together. It usually involves some colouring, activities, craft and if possible a related book – all about a particular theme.
Past themes have included dinosaurs, trains, shapes, numbers and holidays like St. Patrick’s Day or Earth Day. I usually pick the theme based on what’s happening in our lives, what time of year it is or just something I saw somewhere else.
Some of the activities I make up, others I seek help from the wonderful world of the internet. My go-to site for print outs is www.first-school.ws, a site dedicated to pre-school learning.
What I especially love about this time is that it’s usually just him and I (I time it for when the baby is sleeping or at least content enough to sit beside us) and it’s nice to work on something together and see how proud he is of his craft, colouring etc. It’s a very special time for him to sit, relax and get special attention. He must like it because every few days he asks to do an ‘Acteevee’ for activity – so I head to the website for some print outs.
Yesterday’s theme in light of our weekend visit to the Aviation Museum was Airplanes and Helicopters. Thinking of you guys, I remembered to take some pictures. Hopefully for future activities, I’ll do the same 😉
First, we talked about the letter H for Helicopter and coloured that picture.
Then, we coloured a picture of an airplane.
Then we glued together a picture of a helicopter with the propeller – again, highlighting the letter H.
We glued our pictures to a large piece of paper to add to our activity wall.
Next, we of course made airplanes! The first was using a paper towel roll. Colour, add construction paper wins and voila! The next was a traditional paper airplane. My plane doesn’t fly worth beans, but we did decorate it with helicopter and airplane stickers. He liked throwing it around the room despite it’s lack of flight.
When daddy came home, he was anxious to show him our airplanes and his new airplane collage he added to our activity wall!
Sometimes, when we do paintings etc. we also put it on the art wall:
Hooray for Acteevees!!