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So I’ve had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that my tiny, tiny little baby is growing up and is a full-blown toddler!
Because I wanted to really savor and enjoy my last few months of it being just Lucas and Mommy before little brother (still to be named) arrives, we decided not to enroll Lucas in preschool this fall. But, I still wanted to make sure we had some “structured” learning (yeah right with a 2.5 year old!) and socialization. I’ve signed us up for a few classes we are really enjoying and I decided to add a bit more structure to the Letter of the Week activities I started earlier this year (that took a brief hiatus during that nasty first trimester).
I try and do a few things with each letter:
- A Letter Craft – you know, making that letter into something
- A Sensory or Fine Motor Skill
- A “Math” activity – more like counting, sorting, measuring, etc.
- A Cooking Activity – L loves helping in the kitchen and we keep it really simple
- A Coloring Page or Another Craft if I can come up with something.
I want to share what we’ve been doing with all of my mommy (or mommy-to-be) readers because we really are having a blast. I also wanted to say that we don’t put a lot of pressure on ourselves with this (sometime I don’t follow the above list because I can’t come up with things that fit – I try to make it fun for both of us and not something I worry about too much). I get that my kid isn’t even 3 yet! This really helps me plan things for us to do during the day (so I don’t go crazy or rely on the TV too much). Instead of creating a new post for each letter, I’m going to do 2 at a time (I think we’re far enough along at this point). We started with the letters in L’s name but I’m going to just go alphabetically (so your kids aren’t learning how to spell Lucas right off the bat!).
LETTER OF THE WEEK – “A”
We had a lot of fun with the letter “A!”
We made an “A” Alligator. I just cut up bits of construction paper and Lucas glued them on (this was one of our first letters, so I was stilling trying to be “perfect” at this point instead of letting him just have at it).
We also did Apple Paining (but I forgot to take pictures – oops!). This was really easy – I just cut a few apples in half and let him dip them in paint and then onto paper. This kept him entertained for quite a while. I worked counting in my counting the apple seeds!
We did some coloring pages as well – I like Education.com for free printables!
We also made Applesauce with Daddy! This one was a ton of fun! I did most of the work but Lucas LOVED mashing everything up! And it was really easy – I just added about 3/4c of water to 4 peeled and diced apples, 1/4 cup of sugar and a dash of cinnamon and cooked on the stove until soft.
Once that was cooked Lucas went to town with the potato masher! It was a tad chunky but we loved it – and Lucas loved that he helped make it.
LETTER OF THE WEEK – “B”
**I’m going to preface this by saying Lucas is REALLY into butterflies but there are LOTS of other “B” things out there!
We made a Bumble Bee out of the letter B. I used yellow construction paper for the B and cut out wings from black. I used a pipe cleaner for us make the antenna. I gave L a black marker to add the stripes but you can see that wasn’t exactly what he wanted to do. By this point I had stopped trying to be the “perfect Pinterest mom” and just went with it!
We also did some Pom Painting on a Butterfly. I found the butterfly at Walmart in the craft section for like $0.49. A few clothespins, poms, an egg carton and paint and we were in business.
Our counting activity was counting butterflies (see the pattern). My mom found some plastic butterflies on Amazon a while ago and we would line them up and count them. It was super simple but I can tell he’s really stating to “get” the point of counting (and can actually count things pretty high – not just say his numbers).
For our food we made Banana (or Blueberry for Daddy) milkshakes! Lucas loves helping with the blender and he LOVED his milkshake! We drank them while we watched a Bubble Guppies episode as a family!
Like I said, I’m keeping it pretty simple and trying to incorporate it into our daily routine. I am starting to see it paying off for sure. Just the other day Lucas told me “D” is for Dinosaur and “E” is for Elephant and I was really impressed.
Are you doing any preschool activities at home with your little ones? I’d love to hear what you’re doing – I’m always looking for fun new activities for us so make sure to share!
I’m always looking for fun crafts to do with Lucas – and the holidays give me that extra push to do something he’ll really enjoy – and it’s something that I can keep forever, bringing out every year until he is well past 30!
Painting is big in our house right now and Lucas loves to “dab.” I thought Pom Painting would be the perfect activity for him. Hopefully your little one will enjoy it too!
What you’ll need:
- Construction Paper
- Paint (I used red, blue and yellow)
- Empty egg carton (or something else to hold the paint)
- A pen
First, fold your construction paper in half lengthwise and draw half of a Christmas tree along the folded edge (I am SO not an artist!).
And cut out your tree(s).
Clip a pom with your clothes pin. I matched the pom color with the paint because Lucas is super into naming colors right now (and hearing him say “yell-yow” is just precious!).
Next, place some paint in the cups of the egg carton.
Use the pom, dipped in paint, to create “ornaments” on your tree. Lucas LOVED this part! Look at that concentration.
Once your paint has dried, glue a yellow pom to the top of your tree as as star.
Lucas was so proud of his finished product. And this was an easy but fun craft for us to do together!
What are you creating with your little one’s this holiday season? I’d love to see what you’ve been working on. Share in the comments!
A few months ago I posted a mini meatball recipe that I make and freeze for Lucas. These meatballs are great for a quick lunch or dinner, plus they’re a great way to sneak in some veggies!
As I was making Lucas scrambled eggs a few mornings ago I was wishing there was a simpler way to get breakfast ready for him. One that resulted in less dishes to wash would be awesome too! Then I remembered a Rachael Ray episode I saw a while ago where she used a mini muffin tin to make a bunch of different things (none of which were muffins). I also remembered seeing a bunch of pins on Pinterest that had to do with making egg muffins and freezing them. Since D hates eggs I never gave them much thought but now it seems like such a brilliant idea.
6 large eggs
4 TBSP milk
Handful of spinach, shredded
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp garlic powder
Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Spray your mini muffin tin with cooking spray or butter
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk
Add in the spinach, cheese, garlic powder and salt and stir to combine
Add 1 TBSP of the mixture to each of the muffin cups
Bake for 13 minutes and then remove the eggs from the pan immediately to cool. They will deflate as they cool.
Arrange on a baking sheet and freeze for about 2 hours and then transfer to a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
When it’s time to eat, just pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds and they’re ready to go.
Honestly, I was kicking myself for not thinking of this sooner. Lucas LOVES them and he’s getting a veggie in with breakfast. Plus, they make the mornings that much easier! I think I’m on a mission to come up with even more freezer meals for Lucas – anything that saves me a few minutes in the kitchen adds a few minutes to playtime with the little guy!
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I cannot believe it has been a month and half since my little guy turned one. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating with Mickey, Minnie and the gang.
It has been a crazy few months for Darrin at work. I’m really looking forward to things slowing down just a bit for him so we can plan lots of fun family things as it starts to get warmer.
Lucas is really starting to communicate. He is saying Da-dee, Bye bye, Hi, Momma, and Bubble (not really sure where that came from!) with regularity now.
The window is becoming a favorite spot for Lucas. I never knew watching the neighbor boy play basketball in the cul de sac could be so exciting!
He has six teeth and I’m pretty sure he is working on two more right now. He is also using those teeth to eat a ton of new foods. He is really obsessed with fruit, any fruit except apples and pears actually. He will eat an entire orange in one sitting if I let him, which I’m guessing he gets from his Floridian father!
He is still a huge fan of Mickey Mouse but has really started to love Doc McStuffins. We watch just for the songs because he loves to dance to them, and what a cute dancer he is.
The warmer(ish?) weather means we’ve done a few trips to the park. Lucas loves walks in the stroller.
And he loves playing on the swings with Daddy.
And finally, and maybe most importantly, this has been happening:
Yes, life at the Overholt house has drastically changed in the past few months. We have gone from having a sweet and cuddly baby to an intelligent and active toddler. What an adventure we are having!
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