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Old 09-19-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Ideas for my 3yo?

My 5yo DD goes to Early Childhood three days a week (transitioned from Birth to 3) and my son is 3 now and is just soo heartbroken he can't stay at school with DD and play. He's SO into hands-on activities and I'm thinking of making a little box with little "school" things in there for just him while DD is in school.

He knows his colors and shapes, and has started working on counting and ABC's (as we work with DD he learns with her). I've tried the dry-erase flash cards for ABCs and learning to write letters, but he isn't really into sitting still and writing or doing things on paper. Crafts, yes. Puzzles or games or blocks, yes.

Do you ladies have some good ideas/activities/craft items I can stock a little box up with to keep him busy and learning?

I remember my step-mom taught 1st or 2nd grade and had a bunch of math manipulatives that my brother and I just LOVED and I was thinking about getting a set or two of those (like the locking cubes and counting bears).

We also have puzzles and blocks here at home that he loves to play with, but I wanted to get something that would be set aside just for his "school" time so that they're special for him.


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Old 09-20-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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Those are all great things you have set up for him already. I just got the Letter of the Week Curriculum from Confessions of a Homeschooler Blog. It was $10 and then I have just been slowly printing off the games and activities and laminating some to make them last for the next child. They are very fun little games and hands on learning things... even my 5 and 7 year old want to play with some of them!
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:05 PM   #3
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1+1+1=1 has a TON of ideas for tots! Tot trays are and idea! She also lists her favorite tot toys & preschool toys. LOTS of ideas. I like Confessions of a Homeschooler too. We combine both
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:42 PM   #4
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Re: Ideas for my 3yo?

We love pattern blocks! I have a big set of them and my 3 year old (turning 4) loves to start school with them everyday. I printed out a set of patten block sheets from pre-kinders and laminated them and he adores making all of the animals. It's good for learning colors, shapes, and fine motor control.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:12 PM   #5
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I can email you some stuff we used, its too big of pdf files to attach here.

Its a lot of printing though. We just got a 3 ring binder, dry erase markers and the clear plastic sheet protectors and downloaded these for workbook pages.
I also have a mini craft book pdf and a paper plate craft book pdf.

finger paints
1.) stir 4 T sugar with 1/2 c. cornstarch. add 2. cold water, and heat over med heat until mixture is thick (it will thicken more as it cools). divide into 4 or more containers, add food coloring as desired

salt dough
1 cup water
1 cup salt
2-1/2 cups flour

1. Combine salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix in water, and work in additional flour if needed to make a smooth and workable dough.

2. Roll out 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Dip cookie cutters in flour and then press into dough. Remove excess dough and put shapes onto ungreased cookie sheet. If making ornaments, use a toothpick to make holes for string to pass through.

3. Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes on each side, more for really thick items, less for thin items. Can also be dried at room temperature, time varies according to the thickness of the project- overnight-2 days is normal.
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