The holidays have meant lots of time for our T activities and the fine weather meant that we can get messy outside. This week the toddler and the baby have been enjoying a range of activites with T as the inspiration. As always for the little ones it's not purely about phonics but other things too such as language development, imagination and trying new activities.
Tiger who came to Tea Tea party
Regular followers of the blog will know my daughter's obsession with The Tiger who came to Tea so we had to incorporate that into T week. What better than a Tiger Who came to Tea tea party. We grabbed our tea set and tiger and set to pouring tea and slicing cake. Great for imaginative play! It really was that simple but the language, turn taking, counting, matching, sorting as well and the imaginative element was really valuable and rich.
Printing with Tea Bags
Super easy activity especially if you drink tea! - paint and some used tea bags. We explored throwing the bags at the paper as well as gentle placing them on. We also touched on colour mixing and chatted about colours. She enjoyed squeezing the wet tea bags as well as printing with them. This activity wasn't about the end result, what was important was the process and the experimenting and langauge that came with that - but the print was so bright and vibrant and turned out to be too lovely to throw away.
A little bit of awe and wonder for our next activity as we explored our torches in a late night adventure in pyjamas. Walking at night is so different than in day light and something that my little one hadn't had much experience of. She loved lighting the way with her torch and being outside in PJs was extra exciting.
We always like to include the baby in our activites. We used a hula hoop for this activity and tied a variety of different textured materials on - both different feels and colours for the baby to explore. This is an activity that we already repeat regularly - he lies in the middle of the hoop and explored each material. He is even able to shift himself around the hoop when he wants to explore something new.