Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 88

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Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 88

WOW!! You Mama’s have been busy little bees with your Tots this past week! SO many wonderful posts to choose from! I wish I could feature you ALL! Make sure to check out all the different blogs featuring Tot School and see if any ideas may appeal to your Tot.

Fall often makes me think of apple picking, apple crumb cake, homemade applesauce – apples, apples, and apples! Many Tots LOVE apples! Mama Jodi from Growing Book by Book has some wonderful apple activities to help your Tot learn about and love them! Take a peak!Growing Book by Book


Mama Amanda also had the idea of an apple theme this past week! Take a look at The Educator’s Spin On It to find some more attention-grabbing ideas to use with your Tots!The Educator's Spin On It


Cooking with your Tot is ALWAYS an adventure and something that they enjoy doing with you! Mama Sarah shares with us an activity she and Tot Squirrel recently enjoyed together. Check out her post at Acorns and Crayons to see if it draws your Tots attention.Acorns and Crayons



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Apple Theme Printables and More


I am gathering a wide collection of free printables within certain themes. In order to better organize these online, I have created theme blog posts for the themes I have created many printables for!  Links to these pages in the top navigational bar labeled “Theme Printables” so you can jump to them easily.


In this post, I will direct you to the page where the file is hosted on my website, since they are in various places! I hope this helps you find things within themes! I will try to gather anything I have done, created, or posted about surrounding this theme! Slowly I am adding more blog posts like this to help you find everything for the major themes we have done and will do!

Aa is for Apple Tot School Printables

Letter Aa Printable for Toddlers

Apple Songs

Apple Songs2

Apple Bible Verse


a is for apple Craft {from Totally Tots}


Apple Lapbook

apple lapbook

 Apple Books & More


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You can check out my Apple Themed Finds here!

Will you leave links to your APPLE themed printables or ideas in the comments section? I’d love to check your ideas out too!

Looking for More?

Ocean Printables & More

Bug Printables & More

Pond Life Printables & More

Rainforest Printables & More

Camping Printables & More

Pirate Printables & More

Tot School Printables

Tot School Printables


Edited to add…

The Tot School Printables A to Z Bundle is now available! See details here!

TSP Bundle Horizontal


I am so excited to share my new project with you ~ Tot School Printables!  I am most excited to Tot School Printablesshare because it has been successful with my girl-so far!  She was showing the signs of being ready to begin more table Tot School time and was very interested in what the boys were doing.  In order to stay organized I decided to re-invent the wheel and pull many ideas into one set of printable activities for her {and for you!}.

I must being by telling you that this experience has solidified my belief that ALL KIDS ARE DIFFERENT in a huge way.  She is interested in doing activities that I would have never been able to get Krash to do.  So, I say that to remind you that just because Ladybug likes this type of stuff, don’t be discouraged when your tot refuses it all!  If you have a wild, active child like my Krash, this probably isn’t for you.  Feel free to try, but I wouldn’t go printing everything off just yet!  This will only be for certain types of tots-and my age target is approximately 2 year olds {Ladybug is currently 23 months old}.

Each unit has a focus letter, focus object to emphasize the main letter sound, a focus color and a vocabulary development theme that is based on the object. The focus color isn’t a big focus, I just made some of the letters that color and I am using the color to choose her dry erase marker for the wee {although she asked for purple one day this week so I gave it to her}. Numbers, shapes and other concepts will be as a whole each week.  I mainly did this so that the units can be done in any order.  We are going A-Z, but you certainly don’t have to!

Tot School Printables A is for Apple

This week’s Letter: Aa

This week’s Object: Apple

This week’s Color: Red

This Week’s Vocabulary Development Theme: Fruit


I will share each printable and then show you how I am using it. You will also notice what she did each day, based on her clothes!  Some activities that she enjoyed were repeated, but I am not showing them more than once.  Like I said, I probably wouldn’t have been able to get Krash to do much of this, and certainly not for as long as Ladybug interacts.  So far she is going strong for about 10-20 minutes each day.  I was lucky to get 5 from Krash even at 2 1/2!



Main Letter Sheet…this is just a simple letter sheet.  I put it in a sheet protector and let her “trace” the letter as we said it together, emphasizing the sound and the word apple.  She scribbled while I talked to her and she loved it!IMG_8836




Find the Apples…Similar concept to the sheet above, but with the emphasis on finding the apples on the Aa…purpose is just another way to talk to her about the letter/sound/object while she has fun scribbling!IMG_8838




Apple Shapes…You can cut these apart and laminate-which we may do, but I decided to leave hers in a sheet protector so she can color the shape I call out.  So far she knows star, circle, moon {crescent}and heart every time and loves to find them!  You could also choose to focus on just one shape per week, in that case-choose your shape and cut it out and only use it for the week.IMG_8844




Dot Paint the apples!  She loved this and did a really good job with her dot painting!IMG_8851The idea is for her to just paint the apples, but I am well aware that is she is having fun, it will certainly end up like this, and that’s OK!IMG_8859



Slide6Dot Paint the Letter… She loved this and found every Aa and said A when she dotted it!  I did the first 3 for her, modeling and then I let her go to see what she would do!  Total copy-cat! 😉IMG_8863




Lacing and Puzzle…in each set there will be a simple lacing card as well as a 3 piece puzzle.  Ladybug is not ready for the lacing yet-but I am doing it with her sitting in my lap {thus no photo yet}-eventually she will do it herself!  We focused on top-middle-bottom while working with this puzzle.IMG_8902




Vocabulary Development…with each unit I am using the main object to spring into a vocabulary development theme.  I am sure some weeks I will go nuts and do an all out theme, but some I will just work on some simple vocabulary development.  I plan to include a sheet with objects on it, and I also plan to try to gather as many objects from around my home for her to go along with this theme.  For the A-Apple unit, the theme is fruit, so I gathered much of the fruit from her play food..IMG_8922

After she explored awhile, I gave her the sheet and she colored items as I named them!  We will do this a lot in one week, to learn the names of many fruits!  I plan to cut these up at the end of the week, and then will bring the cards back out in following weeks for review {I plan to laminate them also}IMG_8928



Slide7Connect the Apples…Although the idea of this looks a lot like tracing-it is actually more to reinforce the concept of left to right.  I stood behind Ladybug and modeled, holding her hand in mine as I started on the upper case A and modeled drawing left-to right while saying the letter and sound.  She did attempt to copy me when she was independently working. Eventually she will trace the lines, but the idea is more for modeling at this early stage.  IMG_8937




Stamp the Letter…I bought her a new set of Alphabet Stamps, and stood behind her as we did all of the stamping together.  She was a bit freaked out by the ink, as this was the first time she has seen stamps.  I worked behind her the entire time, except the moment I stepped away to snap a photo!  Eventually she will stamp on her own, but much assistance will be needed for awhile unless I would love an ink-covered tot!IMG_8938



Slide10Colored Apples…I cut these apart {printed on cardstock} and worked with Ladybug on coloring them.  She scribbled a bit and then wanted me to color them, which is totally fine.  Krash saw us working and asked if her could help-OF COURSE!!!  I love how she is looking at him in this shot!

IMG_8945After we had them all colored, I gave her a set of small objects to match to each card as we practiced colors!IMG_8951I also gave her a tray to put them in and out of…IMG_8959


Letter Aa Printable for Toddlers 123

Numbers 1-10…You could cut these apart, but we are leaving them in a sheet protector and Ladybug finds numbers and counts with me as she scribbles!IMG_9051


What Starts with Aa?…Ladybug loves dry erase markers so for now she is coloring like this!  Eventually I hope she will like crayons as much so I can have some keepsakes!  In this photo you can see her making the ahhhh sound as she colors, because I was in the background talking to her and making the sound!

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Slide11Sequencing…Each unit will have a simple 3 part sequencing activity.  Ladybug really loved the 2nd apple and pretended to eat it each time we did these!

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Shadow Matching…I made the shadows lighter to save on ink and also to make it easier for younger tots.IMG_9080


Need some book and toy ideas?  Visit my Tot School Printables Store to see ideas for Letter Aa here!

Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter A

See all of our Tot School Printables posts here!

Tot School Printables A-Z

See other families using Tot School Printables here on our Pinterest board!

Tot School Printables Pinterest Board

The Tot School Printables A to Z Bundle is now available! See details here!

TSP Bundle Horizontal

There’s More…

  • Tot School Printables Store…I created an Amazon store to sort out ideas for toys and books to go along with each unit.  Many of these toys wouldn’t need to be purchased, but might give you ideas for what you could find in your own home! I also made a “Helpful Basics” section for materials that would be used week after week.

Please leave any questions related to this post here in the comments so I can answer them in the comments for all to see!  I truly hope many of your tots enjoy this!

Free Letter A is for Apple Printables for Tots

Something Special ~ Apple Songs for Music Time

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Apple Songs with Printables

For our weekly music time, we will be doing many of the same songs each week {which you can find here}, and I am also planning to add in some special seasonal songs.  This week I chose two APPLE SONGS from my former Kindergarten teaching days {the printables themselves were used in my classroom many years ago!}.    We used red, yellow, and green Magneatos to be our pretend apples to use while singing. IMG_9065

This a BIG HIT with all 3 kiddos, they loved it all!!!

We had fun rolling the correct colored “apple” to each other while singing.  Ladybug giggled almost the entire time-she loves singing and was swaying back and forth!

After we had our group time, I put the songs {which are laminated} into a small basket with several red-green-yellow Magneatos.  The next day I found the boys like this {totally on their own}.


Krash was trying to sing the songs himself and Pac Man walked over to help him with the words.  It was PRECIOUS!  Both boys LOVE music so I know if I can keep this up-they will love it!



Since I made my files years ago, and didn’t have them to share, I whipped up a few for those of you who would like to print them out.

Apple Songs

Looking for more apple fun?  I have started to create seasonal webpages on the 1+1+1=1 website, to help organize seasonal ideas {both for myself as I often refer back to my stuff, AND for others-to make things easier to find}.  The page is still in the works-so keep checking back, I will be adding things as the fall season progresses!  There are a few things unlinked-as they are coming up soon and will be linked as soon as I do them!

Download the Apple Songs and more here!

See more…

Apples ~ Lapbook

The Inside…

Top Left: An Apple a Day…mini strip poem (from this book)
Bottom Left: Apple Recipes (things we made form our apples we picked)
Middle: photo collage of our field trip to the orchard
Top Right: Johnny Appleseed coloring (from DLTK)
Middle Right: Apples Mini Book (from Enchanted Learning)
Bottom Right: Apple sight word mini flip book (also from this book)
The Back: his “Apple Story” (stationary from this book)