Tot School Letter H: H is for Hat

What toddler homeschool curriculum will help my teach letters to my child?

First off, thank you so much for all of the kind comments and emails from all of you about my last post. I didn’t mean to take such a long break, but I am actually glad that I did. I feel so much more organized than I did two weeks ago. I’m still a little overwhelmed, but let’s be honest, when am I not? :)

Tot school has been a bit interesting lately as I’m sure you can imagine. Other than doing these activities for the pictures, Smiley Man didn’t really do any of these things except tot trays and the H sensory bin. Think of the pictures as more of a reference, than a record of what we did. You can get all printables and ideas for H is for hat (and all other letters) from my Toddler Curriculum.

H is for Hat Toddler School

Smiley Man is 3 (read here about appropriate ages for the Toddler Curriculum)

H is for Hat Tot School: Lots of creative ideas for tot trays, sensory bins, printables, and more.

Make the Letter

Glue tracing: write several H and h on a piece of paper. Have toddler trace the letters with glue from a glue bottle.

Trace the letter H with glue. This is great for fine motor, plus it teaches letters!

Learning Notebook

Picture Matching. Draw a line from each big picture on the left to the small picture on the right that matches.

H is for Hat printable: Match the big hats to the small hats. This printable and many more included in the Toddler Curriculum. Includes every letter of the alphabet.

Tot Trays

These were one of the few things we actually did for this unit. :)

Theme

Draw hats on the people. Decorate the construction hat.

H is for Hat Tot Tray: Draw hats on the people.

Small Spaces

Put “hats” (eraser toppers) on pencils.

H is for Hat Tot Tray: Put "hats" (eraser toppers) on pencils.

Gluing

Glue hole punch circles (or circles from a bigger circle punch) onto mini sombreros.

H is for Hat Tot Tray: Glue hole punch circles (or circles from a bigger circle punch) onto mini sombreros.

Counting

Tape numbers 1-5 on dot markers. Make tiny party hats from paper and make sure they fit on the markers. Put correct number of hats on markers.

H is for Hat Tot Tray: Tape numbers 1-5 on dot markers. Make tiny party hats from paper and make sure they fit on the markers. Put correct number of hats on markers.

Puzzle

Print hats from printable in Toddler Curriculum. Put biggest hat on bottom, next biggest on top, then next biggest, etc.

H is for Hat Tot Tray: Print hats from printable in Toddler Curriculum. Put biggest hat on bottom, next biggest on top, then next biggest, etc.

Supplies Used: crayons, eraser toppers, hole punch or small circle punch, construction paper, mini sombreros (the ones I got are no longer available, but these work too), dot markers, laminator, laminating sheets, printables from Toddler Curriculum

Tray Printables

Size sorting. Sort hats into small, medium, and large columns. (Apparently I misplaced this one for the pictures, but you can see it in the Setting Up Tot Trays video tutorial.)

Letter Activities

Starfall letter H online book. Smiley Man usually loves these. We’ll have to do it this upcoming week for sure.

Books

We didn’t read any hat books, but I really wanted to read Caps for Sale with Smiley Man. We never got to the library though. :( Maybe I’ll just buy it because it’s such a classic.

Letter H Craft

Decorate a birthday hat.

H is for Hat Tot school craft: decorate the party hat. Printable included in Toddler Curriculum.

Sensory Bin

This was another activity that we actually had time for this week. I used craft sand as the base for the sensory bin. The color looks a weird in the pictures, but in real life it looks much more inviting. There is blue, white, and yellow craft sand and lots of H and h items. See my ABC Sensory bin post for ideas about what to put in the sensory bin.

H sensory bin. The base is colored sand and a few aquarium rocks. Lots of uppercase and lowercase Hs, plus a hammer, a hat and more.

I love having a plan and I love doing lots of fun things with Smiley Man. However, when things have been so busy for me the last few weeks, it was SO nice to just do tot trays and the H sensory bin. And you know what? Smiley Man still worked on a ton of skills. Yay for a curriculum where I can take things away or add them depending on our situation!

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