Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tot School: Healthy Habits

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"Healthy habits harbor HAPPINESS." -Zero Dean
For our Tot School Complete Curriculum set this week on our TPT shop, we will be featuring our Healthy Habits thematic unit!

All of our thematic units will be available once I have completed them with my little one. You can find them individually or in a GROWING BUNDLE. Be sure to join our email list (NO SPAM will be sent) to get the latest updates on our products and freebies!

Ok, let's get to it!

Here are the Weekly Lesson Plans for Healthy Habits. It includes all the books we read together, sensory bins, fine motor and gross motor activities, snack ideas and other fun things we did throughout the week. This could be field trips, extra books, songs we sang, etc.

Here is a peek at the SENSORY BINS we played with this week!
In this sensory bin, we had dry black beans, play food itemsfine motor tools and two baskets.
  
Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Sort the food by fruits/veggies and not fruits/veggies.
2. Name each play food item.

In my Complete Curriculum set, I also added an EXTEND section where I list ideas for opportunities to extend all of the lessons.
In this sensory bin, we used water, Tooth template from my printables set, Nutella (😍) shape sponges, food coloring, and fine motor tools.
  
Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Brush the "dirt" off of the Tooth printable and clean the tooth.
2. Play with the foam in the bin and make shapes.
In this sensory bin, we played with water, hand sanitizer with beads, foamy soap, shape sponges and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Wash the beads/glitter off of your hands in the bin.
2. Talk about how germs get on your hands and body.
In this sensory bin, we used water, shape sponges, baby doll, foamy soap, and fine motor tools.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Clean the baby with water, foamy soap and sponges.
2. Talk about how to properly take a bath.
In this sensory bin, we played with a baby doll, green shredded grass (for texture), and baby doll clothes. This activity was geared more towards language development and sequencing rather than proper fine motor skills.

Some activities you can play with your little one and this sensory bin are:
1. Put the clothes on the baby the correct way.
2. Name each article of clothing.

The next area of Tot School is FINE MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
For this activity, we used the Melissa & Doug Make-A-Meal Sticker Pad and first added the utensils on the mat. Then, Aria began placing the food she likes to eat the most along with her favorite drink (milk) and topped it off with a meatball on the spoon πŸ™„(of course!).

For this fun activity, we drew a healthy smile template, added pieces of cotton balls with tape to represent each tooth and then colored in the lips. This activity has been *UPDATED* and is now featured on a beautiful printable in my printables set. 😁
Here, we simply gathered some play dough (her choice of color) and added some colorful sequins to represent germs. We then discussed how germs can get on our hands and it can be difficult to get them off. We later talked about why it is so important to wash your hands often.
I've noticed that Aria truly enjoys painting and getting her hands wet! So, I went for a classic with this activity and brought back the waterpainting. We printed this template on a white cardstock paper to add food coloring to the actual water as opposed to printing it on colored cardstock and using clear water but either option looks amazing and it's so fun!
This was one of Aria's favorite activities this week. She really enjoyed sorting the clean (limpio) and dirty (sucio) clothes into the hamper or closet printables. πŸ’•

The following area is GROSS MOTOR. Here are all the activities we did this week!
I scattered all the play food items on our floor and had her running back and forth gathering the specific food I would ask her to bring. Ex: "manzana" (apple), "helado" (ice cream), "zanahoria" (carrot), etc. 
One of life's greatest teachings: how to brush your teeth. LOL Do we ever get it right with a toddler? I mean, she LOVES it but when do they stop swallowing the non-fluoride gum cleaner? lol 
Since Aria absolutely LOVES this game, we put a little TWIST πŸŒͺ on this classic fun time. We were only allowed to play with our hands, which was a challenge itself. ✋
It only took her 5 MONTHS to start liking water and taking baths but now there's no stopping her! She has the best time playing with her bath toys, singing, dancing and getting silly in her rubber-ducky tub! πŸ¦†
This was a new activity and it was so special for me. When I was a child, my grandma would take my cousins, brother and I to the backyard where she had her washing machine (yes, it was outside) and when the clothes were dry, we would help her hang it on the clothesline. You don't see many people doing this nowadays, thanks to dryers and such but it was such an amazing experience for me to share this with my daughter and remember how happy my grandma was hanging clothes with us. πŸ’œ

Below you'll find all of the SNACKS we had this week!
We sang songs, went on neighborhood field trips and had an amazing week learning about Healthy Habits! Stay tuned for more Tot School fun... our next theme is "Apples!" 🍎


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