Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday: ABCs and 123s

With the new year, we've finally found our way back into our regular routine. It's amazing how the holidays, traveling and having visitors can really bump you out of your everyday habits. While the change is fun, it's nice to get back to the "usual things" we fill our days with. One such thing is Muffin Tin Mondays. While we've rarely done them on Monday, we enjoy the special lunch sometime during our week. This week's theme was ABCs and 123s.

Boo was excited to start this tradition again and from now on The Noodle gets to participate. Thanks to my mother-in-law, we have two new blue muffin tins so they each get their own spread. We had a big breakfast this morning so our lunch was pretty light. The boys had an A, B, and C cut out of bell peppers. For the 123s, they had piles of blueberries and grapes to count with. Well, The Noodle obviously didn't do any counting but enjoyed watching his brother instead. The yogurt was just a fun filler.
I flipped over one of these placemats and using a dry erase marker drew circles with different numbers next to each circle. As Boo ate his lunch, he practiced counting out the different amounts of grapes or blueberries, making a pile in each circle according to the number next to it.
{There are only 6 grapes where the number 7 is. Boo ate one before we moved on to the other numbers.}
He really enjoyed it so I think we'll be doing that again soon.


The Popes said...

I love the idea of the counting circles!

I thought teaching my daughter was going to be so expensive, but lately I've been finding all sorts of free resources! Thanks for the inspiration!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the counting activity too. Nice tin!

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