Brown Bear, Brown Bear ~ Tot Pack

This pack has been updated with new clipart and photographs! See the new files here!

I finally finished it and this one I am SO excited about because it is perfect for Krash!!! I had so much fun making this set, and forgot how much I love this book! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!

One mini book is for coloring…

The other is for reading and identifying shapes…I made a fold out alphabet (there’s also one with lowercase in the download)… A pocket with counting cards…Size sequencing bears…

And, my favorite…the Heads and Tails pocket…Believe it or not when I went looking for the book, I realized that we didn’t own it! I guess i had always gotten it form the library. Well, I decided we needed our own copy, and instead of just getting this book, I decided on this great set…

It also has Polar Bear, Polar Bear, and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, which I know Krash will love also!!!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar ~ Tot Pack

My pain is your gain!!!! That’s my new motto during these last painful weeks of my pregnancy! I was laughing with my husband last night about it, thinking you all must think I have no life away from the computer–and in part, it’s true!!! I sit in front of this computer for hours a day, because the chair and my bed are the 2 most comfortable places for me to be. While I sit, I create. It takes my mind off of the pain and allows me to be productive. You have about 6 more weeks of this coming from me, and then I hope to take a LARGE computer break and enjoy my 3 children!!!!

Here’s my latest creation, which is for YOU, as Krash is not ready for this yet (he’s 34 mos right now)-I am saving it for when he is a bit older. I LOVE this book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and want to wait to really get into it when he will be more interested. The mini-books, Counting Butterflies…
and ABCs with food…Size sequencing with caterpillars…and butterflies…A fold-out with shapes… A pocket with color matching (an image, a color and color word). Use all 3 or just the ones you want your tot to work on at the time. For most tots the color word will be too much, but I added it in for those of you with older tots or preschoolers using these. **these are a bit tight fitting all into the pocket when printed on cardstock, you may want to trim the squares a bit smaller if you plan to store them all together.

Another ABC set, featuring colored letters this time and caterpillars on the upper case and butterflies on the lower case. Again, I left mine in strips to start with, I will cut them apart after he masters matching the strips.

A New Twist on the Tot Book

As most of you know, we have a lot of Tot Books available for download and I still love making them. Unfortunately, my tot does not LOVE them as much as I do! Since I need to practice what I preach-not forcing him and following his lead-I needed to adjust a bit!

The next Tot Book with the highest number of votes was by far Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, and thankfully Krash loves that story too! As I lay in bed hurting (from my pregnancy) I rolled ideas around in my mind of how to change things a bit to meet his needs at this stage.

I then thought of my Activity Pack I had made for the boys a couple of weeks ago and realized I could do the same thing with the Tot Book items. Instead of just making the few things that fit in the Tot Book, I could make an assortment and keep them all in the clasp envelope while we work with them.
I also thought of YOU and how this might be better for anyone else using them as we all desire to expose different skills to our particular tots. With more of a variety to choose from, I hope you will be able to adjust your Tot Book (or Activity Pack) accordingly to suit your tot.

So, here is our first Tot Book/Activity Pack…

Of course we have a few mini-books, the first one is about colors…And the other about counting/numbers 1-10…My tot loves the pockets with cards so I created a few of these for this set. The first is a simple story retelling pocket. You can see I added a photo of myself to be the “Momma” for him!The next is a Monkey Parts pocket, focusing on identifying body parts. I included a photo of Krash in this on also, so he can point to his parts and the monkey’s parts using the cards (except the tail, hopefully).I made a Monkey ABC set, including both lower and upper case letters. Krash knows all of his upper case and we re working on lowercase right now. I left his letters cut in strips like you see, as the 26 individual cards are just too much for him right now. I plan to help him sing the ABCs and lay them in correct order, and also match up the upper/lower case strips to each other. As he advances, I will cut them apart.Finally, I made a size sequencing set…

I plan to collect all of our stuffed monkeys, plastic monkeys, etc. and place a monkey on one of his trays with one of the new components. It will be tray work for him-which he likes, with a new little surprise each day! When he tires of the pieces, I still plan to put them into a Tot Book (might need to be bigger) for safe keeping, but until then, I plan to just keep them in an Activity Pack envelope, letting him go back to the pieces when he wants to.

You can find all of the PDFs for these here, on the Tot Book site. I hope you enjoy it and as always, let me know if you use any of these so I can link up your blog to the page!

Activity Pack ~ The Land Before Time

**Edited to Add: Here is the link to the cards in PDF form! I have been really sick, sorry it took me a few days to get them up!

Both of my boys love the Land Before Time movies. Recently Pac Man asked me what type of dinosaur each character was and honestly I didn’t know!! SO, I made the boys an activity pack and included a few fun things for both of them, to further enjoy their love of this movie, these characters, and also hopefully to learn a little bit!

In the manila clasp envelope, I put:

  • Matching Cards (1 card has the character, one card has the real dino name)-for Pac Man. I made these from info I got from their website.
  • Coloring Pages of each dino-got these from the movie site.
  • Dino fact sheet cards-so Pac Man could learn a bit more about these real dinos. I got these from Enchanted Learning.

We also had fun making the characters out of Play Doh together! I LOVED that it was something BOTH of my boys were interested in and we could all do together!

Our final creatures…My hope is that Pac Man will go back to this and work on labeling the dinos and learn the names. I hope he will also take time to read the facts about the dinos. As for Krash, he just loved the Play Doh part and seeing his dino friends on the cards! We talked a lot about colors and different features of each dino (horns, legs, tail, spikes, etc.).