Monday, December 17, 2012

Counting Presents ~ Simply Made

During the month of December, most tots are fascinated with the presents that start appearing under the Christmas tree. Little ones find the mystery packages almost too much to resist, but with this activity, they don't have to be off limits.
  • Miniature Christmas Tree (ours is less than a foot high and was purchased for a $1)
  • Miniature Christmas Presents or small jewelry boxes (The mini presents are ornaments with the string cut off)
  • White Board & Marker or Number Cards (optional)

Play a fun counting game with your tot. Depending on your tot's skill level, you could place gifts under the tree for them to count. Then, they could write the number on the white board. Or, have your tot pull a number card and place the correct number of mini presents under the tree.
At our house, we are focusing on simple addition, so we practiced with our presents. My little guy had fun choosing who would get the presents in our number stories.
   For the younger tots, you could have them sort the presents by color or make a simple pattern.

Hopefully this will give your tot a chance to play with presents, without unwrapping the real ones under your tree!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Now I Know My ABCs ~ Letter Y

image3_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb[2]All printables for this unit can be downloaded for free on my website, Animal ABCs.

Letter Y ~ YakYy yak

Yy Yak in Action…

Tot School Letter Y-4724 Tot School Letter Y-4710Tot School Letter Y-4929 Tot School Letter Y-4933

See more on my blog ~ Letter Y Tot School

More Letter Yy Fun…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Sensory Bin ~ What's in the Bin?

Here is a fun Christmas bin for you and your tot to explore:

My two were SUPER excited to dive into this bin! Again, I kept things simple and it was well worth it. They loved it. I added candy canes (that we have no intention of eating) star ornaments, and they each had a few small plastic tubs, a scoop and a spoon. And shaving cream, of course!

If I would have had more shaving cream I would have added it. This was 2 and a half cans and didn't fill the tub much. But they didn't care and it would have probably required swim suits and a fire hose to clean up. :-)

We've played with shaving cream on many occasions, just never in this large of capacity. She was a bit ....umm... unexcited to get it her hands a first. She asked me for a napkin to wipe it off! But, it really didn't take more than a few minuets and she was
They stirred and stirred. They scooped. They dug. They played hide and seek with the stars trying to find the most. And they just played.
It surprised me she played much longer than Aaron. Very serious, focused, content play.
I hope you have a very, Merry CHRISTmas and can enjoy some messy sensory play this season!
What's in the Tub? is a monthly feature that focuses on a fun sensory tub ideas to go along with the monthly theme at Totally Tots. Click here to see the past sensory tub ideas.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mommy Made Printables ~ Christmas


We are excited to share some CHRISTMAS printables for you to use with your tots as you explore together!

Mommy Made Printables Christmas

Mr Willoby’s Christmas Tree Pack{from Homeschool Creations}Mr Willowby's collage

Christmas Printables    {from 1+1+1=1}

Christmas Tot Book Nativity Preschool Pack 150

Just Color Christmas Christmas Book Story Prop Printables Just Color 12 Days of Christmas Christmas Printables and More

J is for Jesus     {from Confessions of a Homeschooler}

Christmas Packs {from 2 Teaching Mommies}

Nativity PrintablesChristmas Symbols PrintablesCandy Cane PrintablesChristmas Tree Printables

Christmas Printables

{from All our Days}

Christmas Printables Pack

Christmas Packs {from 3 Dinosaurs}

christmas-title nativity-titlepolarexpress-title reindeer-title

More ideas here on my Christmas Theme Pinterest Board!


Do you have any free CHRISTMAS printables {free} YOU have created {and share}? If so, leave a link to your blog post in the comments below!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Crafts for Kids - Crafty Corner

Truth in the Tinsel Ornament
Christmas Tree Kids Craft
Truth in the Tinsel Ornament
LifeSaver Candy Cane Christmas Ornament
christmas craft for kids
Do you share tot-friendly crafts on your blog? If so, please read here first and then email me (JennAtTotallyTots@gmail (dot) com)! I would love to add you to the "search" list for future posts! Do you have a CHRISTMAS themed craft on your blog that is not already linked here? Please feel free to share your craft by leaving the link to it in a comment!