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Gluing Sand to Paper

Sweet Pea is 27 months old.

From: I saw a glue stick next to us while we were drawing in the sand tray and thought, “Hey, why don’t we try gluing the sand onto some paper?”


Non-toxic sand. A box or jelly roll pan to hold the sand. It needs to be wide […]


Sound Bells

Sweet Pea is 26 months old.

From: I saw this on The Wonder Years blog.


10 Closed jingle bell-style 1″ bells. (I got a small bag from Micheal’s for about $3.00) A butter knife. 3 Baskets or bowls.


Use the butter knife to pry one of the […]


Pasta Fit

Sweet Pea is 25 months old.

From: I am not exactly sure where this idea came from, but I think I saw a picture of something similar at 1+1+1=1.


Penne pasta. A salad dressing mixer (works great because you can remove the lid to get the pasta back […]


Playing at the Sink

Sweet Pea is 24 months old.

From: My mom suggested this. She says that she used to do this with me when I was a tot. 🙂


Sink. Sturdy chair or step stool. Sponge, measuring cups, old produce (like a carrot or piece of lettuce), dish wand or other […]


Does it Fit?

Sweet Pea is 24 months old.

From: A family friend told us about this great “Does it Fit?” activity.

Procedure: Cut an empty paper towel roll in half and gather a collection of objects that do and don’t fit through the roll. We used a dog bone, a chap stick tube, a ball, some […]


Baby Piano

Sweet Pea is 23 months old.

We got this Little Tikes Tap A Tune Play Piano from Great Aunt Jackie for Sweet Pea’s first birthday and it had been out of circulation for a while. I try to rotate out Sweet Pea’s toys so they stay fresh and interesting. I left it out on […]


Scent Bottles

Sweet Pea had a great time with these scent bottles. I have forgotten where I originally saw this idea, but when I went searching for it again, I found a good description at MontessoriMom. Essentially (E-scent-ially, hah!), you make up bottles that contain different smells. There are two of each scent and your tot […]


“Sound Eggs” or “A Descent into Hysteria”

Blissful Moments [Link Removed because the blog is now private.] had a great idea for tot school of using plastic Easter eggs as a sound matching activity. I had seen something like this a while ago and was interested in the idea of using the eggs as containers. I was pretty enthusiastic […]


Fill and Spill Bottle

I found this idea at Aday Family Memories, but used pom-poms instead of pasta as another reader suggested.

Sweet Pea really had to concentrate to get the puffs into the bottle. She was very intent on getting every last one of them into the bottle and then loved shaking them back out again. We […]


Cereal Punch Board

I got this idea from the 1+1+1=1 Tot Trays site. You punch a few holes in an empty cereal box and then provide some dry pasta for your toddler to punch through the holes. It was super easy and Sweat Pea loved it. She played with it for 30 minutes […]