Starting Tot School

In this blog post, I share why we are starting Tot School and what activities we are planning. Our toddler is 21 months old starting tot school.

In this blog post, I share why we are starting Tot School and what activities we are planning.

What is Tot School?

Tot School is a focused time each day with your tot. Exposing them to learning activities through play at home. It is always FUN, never forced. It is the brainchild of the blog This blog has so many ideas, including a curriculum you can follow.

So why Tot School?

In January 2018, I decided to try Tot School with our 21-month-old toddler. Ava our toddler is showing signs of developmental delay with certain skills. Firstly she is currently not speaking. Her only words are “mama’, “quack” and “woof”. On further research, I have noticed a slight delay in her cognitive skills also. I’m hoping that exposing her to a variety of Tot School activities it will help her along and encourage her development.

Tot School Activities

For our toddler, we are planning a variety of fun tasks for her to complete.

  • Colouring
  • Painting
  • Play-Doh play
  • Singing nursery rhymes
  • Reading books
  • Sensory trays/bins (rice, water, shaving cream)
  • Nature walks
  • Sensory play classes in soft play centre
  • Texture discovery
  • Flash Cards


Sensory Tray for starting tot school with our todder


That’s our plan but as we all know, most times things don’t go according to plan with toddlers. Ava, our toddler, is extremely strong-willed and once she has her mind made there is no switching without extreme tantrums. Given her age, her attention span is quite low and time spent on these tasks may range from 0-25 minutes. As I said above starting Tot School is to be fun never forced. You’ll need to know when to stop, step away and clean up.

Until next time,

Karen x




8 thoughts on “Starting Tot School

  1. We do a lot of those activities with my 2 year, but always on HER schedule. LOL If I suggest it, it’s never a good idea. But, if she wants to do it, that’s another story!

  2. I love this idea! I do a lot of activities like these with my son, but usually when he’s ready to do it. If I suggest anything it’s a no. But if I make it “his idea” we are good. Oh 2-year-olds!

  3. I think it is a wonderful idea! Karen also remember every child is different. My first didn’t try to start walking till she was at least 18 months and was very slow to potty train she was 4 going on 5 and we were still having lots of accidents. But then my 2nd was so much faster at everything! I think she wanted to keep up with her big sister. You are doing a great job! Don’t forget that

    1. Thanks, we are taking it extremely slow. Ava is very strong willed and won’t do anything if she’s not feeling it. Most times I set up an activity and she’s not interested so I go by her lead. She has improved her speech a little though. Really not looking forward to the potty training whenever that comes around. Although I’m in no rush. ?

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