Almost every Wednesday, we go to our group co-op. I teach a class, and my son is present for one or two other classes as well. This means that my daughter gets to “hang out” for at least three hours each week, sometimes with a different adult to watch her.
I want to make their time as easy as possible, but I’d also love to help her learn something! Enter our new weekly workbox (also called workbag or busy box/busy bag).
I have no intention of following a “letter of the week” program with my toddler, but I have decided to do themed activities with her whenever possible. Today I started with apple activities! We hope to go to the apple farm soon to pick apples, so this seemed an appropriate theme for this week.
Here are the fun things I packed in our bag this week.
First, I found a few activities online that worked well for Strawberry’s needs.
- Roll and Count. Free from 3 Dinosaurs (in the Tot Apple Pack). Strawberry loves the stickers and the rolling of the dice.
- My Apple Book. Free from Oopsey Daisy blog. Strawberry had no interest in coloring the trees but she sure loved stamping her apple-fingers on the trees! She wanted all the trees to have more apples.
- My “A” Book. Purchased from Growing Little Minds. Add the “a”s and read the booklet.
- A pages. Purchased from Tweet Music. Find the A’s page, cut and paste “a” uppercase/lowercase.
- Apple Orchard Play Doh. Free from Life Over C’s. This was, of course, the most popular option for my daughter and the 18 month old also in the room.
Then there were a few apple counting activities that I pulled together.
- Sort the Apples. We have red and green pompoms and Strawberry enjoyed sorting them out.
- Count apples. We used pompoms on the “trees”; I introduced the number apples but Strawberry did not care much about those.
- Read Ten Apples on Top and put “apples” on the animals. I had some small green stones for this activity.
You can get the Ten Apples on Top page for free from my shop. You can get these other apple activities (and more!) in my shop as well!
Here were my final ideas for fun. I found things around the house and they seemed appropriate.
- Sew an Apple with a Pipe Cleaner. I traced an apple on red foam, then punched holes around the edges. This was just right for Strawberry’s skill level!
- Ripped Paper Red Apple collage. Strawberry loves gluing things!
- Silly Snake Color/Pattern Match. We pretend these are worms that want to eat an apple!
- Books. Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and I Spy An Apple for fun. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a coconut tree, but it may as well be an apple tree!
- Sesame Street Picnic Puzzle. There is an apple tree in the puzzle.
And those are the apples activities in our workbox for the week!
What do you give your little ones to play with when you are busy doing school with the older ones? What is in your workbox this week?