December Learning · Sensory · Toddler Science · Totschool

December 5-11th: Our outcome for the week

Hey there all. So remember when I said we rarely ever get to do all the activities I have planned, well this week was no exception lol.  I had a doctors appointment I had forgot about, but luckily made it on time, and it was finals week so I was trying hard to study as well as make sure not to neglect our daily activities.

Gotta say, I am pleased with the outcome.  Especially since there are days where Bean is the cutest most darling sweet angel, and there are others when she is absolutely the worst little human in the world making me feel like everything I do is just useless and pointless. Luckily we bounce back from those bad minutes, hours, and days fairly quickly.

So here it is…

R is for Reindeer

  • We made a R shaped reindeer, mommy cut out the R and all the parts, and Bean glued them all.  We talked about how an R sounds, and what a mommy(R) and baby(r) look like.  She gravitates very well to using the mommy and baby though process for everything.  She is obsessed with the finger family song so this works exceptionally well for us.
  • we used
    • construction paper
    • scissors
    • Beans hands
    • glue
    • pencil for drawing out the R
  • We made Reindeer play dough (brown play dough) and scented it with cinnamon and nutmeg.  It smelled absolutely fabulous!
  • Our go to recipe is as follows:
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1.5 tsp oil (we use olive oil)
    • 8tsp salt
    • 1tsp creame of tartar
    • cook over medium heat, continuously mix, and within 3 minutes, play dough should be ready to go

Christmas tree balance Beam:

We did this for some fun work on Beans fine and gross motor skills.  She helped me put it down on the floor with colored masking tape.  It was super fun just trying to get it down on the floor.  Then when it was down, she would run from the star to the bottom trying to follow the lines.  She did very good.  I tried to get her on all 4s to climb up the tree, yea that didn’t happen, but it was still very fun to do what she would do.

Anyone love to make homemade ornaments? It is super fun to bake it up in the kitchen with Bean and make both salt dough ornaments and gingerbread men ornaments.

Our recipes are as follows:

  • salt dough ornaments:
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup salt
    • mix it up and then shape how you want.
    • we had numerous cookie cutters out but mostly we used Beans hands and feet.
  • Gingerbread men ornaments:
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup unsweet cocoa powder
    • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 1 to 1 1/4 cup water
  • For both we used:
    • parchment paper
    • rolling pin
    • cookie cutters
    • 3d fabric paint
    • modge podge
    • small sponge

Preheat the oven to 170°F. Roll out doughs and enjoy. We had a great time doing this, Bean didn’t want to stop. She played for about 1 hour each time we did this, since we separated it out into 2 baking sessions.  She loved them both!

Bake for 2 hours, and then flip the dough ornaments, bake for about 1 more hour so they wont stay wet and your ready to decorate.


Every time we do an activity like this, I make sure to give Bean full reign over all the mixing and adding. I want her to learn measurements and I know this is early, but she grasps so much so quickly.

Focus letters:

J, S, and G made it into this weeks letters to learn for the week.  We incorporated the Christmas season into our learning.  I was so happy Bean was able to finally enjoy her scissors.  She was very proud of herself when she started practicing cutting.  She was cutting while mommy cut out the shapes for her to glue.  She loves these scissors.  They are so much easier for her to use.  I highly recommend them!

C was also a focus letter, we did C for Candy Cane.  Since we did that, we made candy cane play dough.  We utilized our favorite playdough recipe up above, and added peppermint oil for the scent.  It smells amazing!!!!  We played for so long here.  The kitchen is quickly becoming a fun room for us!!!

There are other things we were able to do throughout the days, but I didn’t get to catch everything.  You can always check us out on Instagram and keep up with our daily shenanigans.

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