Thursday, 22 May 2014

Red, White, and Blue Tot School and a bunch of free printables!

Welcome to Mommyhood: Memorial Day Activities
Today, we're going to be chatting about Memorial Day activities (and a big ole printable pack!). Even though I don't have American 'roots', I did live there for quite a few years, and feel a connection to the country. Because of that, I want to to teach my son about the United States even though I don't live there anymore. 

Of course, as someone who was not born there (born in Ukraine), doesn't live there now (live in the Netherlands), and didn't grow up in an 'American' household (family immigrated, but at home we were still pretty 'Russian' to the extent that we ate Russian food, spoke in Russian, celebrated Russian holidays, and kept pretty close to our culture), my ability to offer a particularly brilliant insight into the United States is limited. 

However, I do like the idea of sharing my experiences with my son and teaching him about different countries, cultures, and people. Actually, I think he's quite lucky in this regard - my hubby and I are trying to expose him to all of the cultures that make up our backgrounds, and let me tell you - it is a lot! 

But that's enough about me, let's get back to our Memorial Day activities! Given that my toddler is only twenty months old, I kept these pretty basic. I made a lot of printables, most of which we haven't even gotten to yet. I plan to get them out again by the time the fourth of July rolls around. That also makes me quite happy - to be prepared so far in advance! 

This week, we learned about the colors of the US flag, practiced loads of math activities, read a few books we have in English, and looked at our photos from the trip we took to the US when he was a little babe. 

Now, let me show you some photos!

Sensory play


We had fun exploring this sensory bin (for about five minutes): 

Memorial Day Activities: sensory play by Welcome to Mommyhood

Memorial Day Math Activities


We practiced sorting, colors, practical life, and motor skills with this clothes pin activity. Again, I got about five minutes out of my son with this one.  

Memorial Day Activities: Montessori inspired math activities by Welcome to Mommyhood

We used the clothespins and a simple numbers chart I had made up before for another math activity. I counted the clothes pins as I laid them onto the table. If your kiddo is older, she/he can do that, but my son is still pretty young. 

But! I wrote a few months back that he has learned how to say the words for 1-3 in both of his primary languages. After that post, I rarely heard him count until this week so I went with it and tried to reinforce the numbers! He's also been trying to use clothespins thus this activity: 


Memorial Day Activities: Montessori inspired math activities by Welcome to Mommyhood

I also made some counting cards with stars. We laid out the appropriate number of blue pebbles on each card 0-5. 

Memorial Day Activities: Montessori inspired math activities by Welcome to Mommyhood

Memorial Day Activities: Montessori inspired math activities by Welcome to Mommyhood


He still doesn't quite know that the numbers correspond to a quantity. Really, the way we taught him to count was counting down to tickles, kisses, and tosses in the air. This week, we were on some monkey bars and I would count to three before lifting him up and letting him have a go at hanging (while I held him). He would get quite excited and would squeal out the numbers as I did it. At home, unless we are counting the stairs, he isn't too into it. 

I also picked up a counting book for the Toddler at a second hand shop. You need to match the numeral to the image of the quantity. I really like this idea, but the book is in Dutch so I think I want to DIY something like this in Russian with some cardstock and a handy dandy laminating machine. 




Sidenote: I've been doing a whole lot-o-thrifting lately and have been considering posting (thrifting) hauls because I'm nosy like that and like seeing what others are buying, but don't know if other people like to see things like that? It's usually something I prefer to watch on youtube, but I don't know that I'm brave enough for that. Any opinions on that folks? 



Arts and crafts 


Pretty basic, but I made a small drawing station with red, white, and blue 'tools' (stickers, crayons, paper, colored pencils, and markers). This was probably the favourite! 


Memorial Day Activities: drawing station by Welcome to Mommyhood

Motor skills 


The Toddler was initially mystified by the whole puncher. I was hoping to find one that was actually a star like on the US flag, but well, I went with what we had so we did this: 

Memorial Day Activities: fine motor practice by Welcome to Mommyhood

This activity really tested those little fingers, and I tried to reinforce the colors that we had been learning about all week. I asked him to a) match to paper strips to the paper clips, and attach the clips to the papers. Yea... didn't happen really, but he enjoyed trying for about five seconds. The paper strips were recycled for a few other activities (not shown). 


Memorial Day Activities: fine motor practice by Welcome to Mommyhood

Practical life


This pebble transferring activity was definitely a huge success! Mostly because the Toddler is still incredibly into pouring, scooping, and dumping. 

Memorial Day Activities: Montessori Inspired practical life by Welcome to Mommyhood

See! He wasn't even done with his snack before seeing that this activity was ready to go for him and pointing to it excitedly! I also gave him a spoon to use.

Memorial Day Activities: Montessori Inspired practical life by Welcome to Mommyhood

But that was way slower than simply pouring from bowl to bowl and munching on his cracker. 

Memorial Day Activities: Montessori Inspired practical life by Welcome to Mommyhood

Free printables


Here are a whole lot of Memorial Day (or 4th of July) printables you can use: 




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