Totschool: DIY Fine Motor Skills

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Pixie is 17.5 months old

Pixie is a very demanding toddler and I often find it difficult to get anything done. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only momma who sometimes struggles to keep a demanding toddler busy when you want to cook, clean or just drink a hot cup of coffee.

I came across THIS on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a bash and see if Pixie likes it.

What you need:
Small feta cheese container, cleaned and dried
Mini pompoms (I started off with 10 and now we have about 80 all together for this activity),
Scissors and patience.
Directions:
Cut a few holes into the lid of the feta container big enough to push the pompoms through.
Pop the lid back on and show said toddler how to push them through and viola!
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Happy toddler content with keeping herself busy 🙂 Pixie has been at it for over an hour now 🙂 I just keep taking the pompoms out of the container for her. She is sitting on the floor next to me right now as content as can be 🙂

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Christmas Activity Packs

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This year we are travelling 12 HOURS to my Mom and Step-father’s game farm for Christmas with the extended family. I decided to make Koko, Fifi and my cousins 2 kids little activity kits for Christmas eve. Noo is with his father this Christmas, hence there not being a kit for him.

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Colouring Pencils, Stickers, Foam Sheets (the boys have blue and the girls pink) and Santa and Snowman marshmallows
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Reindeer Food Peom, we’ll be making this on Christmas eve with the kids and they’ll be sprinkling the reindeer food outside so that Santa can find us since we aren’t at home this year.

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Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes

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Roll & colour Christmas tree

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Nativity writing sheet

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Foldable gingerbread house

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Christmas Letter Mazes, each child has a different letter.

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Christmas Tree Template

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Nativity Emergent Reader

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Funschool Update

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So the last few weeks have been crazy here, I haven’t had much time to blog. So here is a quick update in pictures of the fun things the kids have been busy with lately.

I made the little kidlets a “house” using a Pooh Bear blanket and the clothes horse. They spent hours playing in there
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Koko painted our little wooden table blue. It washed off, fortunately
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We had a field fire next door (not so much fun school, but definitely educational). Pappa Steve stood on a chair and fought the fire that was raging against our boundary wall
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Fifi got a glitter hat for my BFF’s daughter’s Mad Hatter birthday party
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We went to another friend’s little girls Hello Kitty themed 1st birthday party
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The kidlets went from swimming in our little splash pool to having full reign of our neighbours pool during the week. My kids are real water babies, especially Noo and Fifi
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Fifi got a new swimming costume and matching hat, she picked them out herself
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Koko fell asleep while playing Gran Turismo on the PS2
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We went for our monthly breakfast at Wimpy. Noo hates waiting for food, LOL
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I bought Fifi a Barbie teaset only to realise once we got home that it actually said Beautify. You’ve gotto love China knock offs
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Noo got a new haircut
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Halloween

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We do not, generally, celebrate or take part in Halloween, however, this year Pappa Steve let me buy an orange pumpkin to carve. I have always wanted to carve a pumpkin so this was quite a treat for me.

Noo helped remove the guts, Koko and Fifi weren’t to thrilled with the idea of sticking their hands in there, LOL. I made the hole a little to small, but so we live and we learn.
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Our finished product, not bad for our first attempt. Pappa Steve was so impressed he has said I can do them every year now. Jack had an honorary spot at our front gate (Note that none of the other houses on our street had any Halloween decorations)
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I’m thinking next year I’m going to arrange a trick or treat here in our neighbourhood for all the kiddies and get everyone dressed up.

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The first puppet show – The princess and the dragon (Inspired by Shrek)

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The boys had be assemble the Puppet Show “Theatre” as soon as we got home and put on a Shrek inspired Princess (Noo) and the Dragon (Koko) skit ending with the dragon eating the Princess, LOL.

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The Finger puppets that came with the set

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The puppets we already had

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Tiny Tag Along Tot School ~ Water play

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~Fifi is 19 months old~

Miss Fifi just loves playing with water. I put on her swimming costume and filled a bucket full of water and gave her a tea set to use for pouring. She poured the water from the white bucket into the red bucket. She spent about an hour and a half playing like this.
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She was telling me the water is cold, LOL.
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She eventually poured all the water out of the red bucket onto the grass and played in the water/mud.
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And then ran around the yard with Koko’s mono-wheel car (which is missing the steering wheel).
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