Teeny Tot Tuesday: Workboxes

Hi everyone! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done a Teeny Tot Tuesday post, so I wanted to put up one to show you what she’s been working on lately!

This week she is on the letter M and so we are using my Letter M for M&M Letter of the Week curriculum. (I also have Letter M for Monkey if you don’t want to do the whole chocolate thing.)

Letter M Memory Verse:
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10-27
Play a game of “follow the Shepherd”, blind fold your kids and have them follow your voice!

Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter M on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here.


I thought I’d share her boxes as well, so for today she has the following items in her workboxes.

1. Daily Learning Notebook and M&M Lacing Card



She’s using this with a colored shoestring. The plastic tips help her to guide the lace through the holes. She’s doing a pattern going in then out, then in then out…



2. M&M Graphing: To use this, I have her count the M&Ms on the card, then place one button per graph square to match the amount of M&Ms on the card.


Here she is doing the graphing with buttons. When TinkerBell did this activity she got to use actual M&Ms, guess I’m getting lazy haha! As you can see she’s matching one button for each M&M on the page. It’s great for pre-math one-to-one correspondence and counting.



3. Capital and Lowercase M cards with 1” Color Cubes. For this activity, I have her lay out the letters, then use the blocks to make a colored pattern on them.  I laminate the letter cards and then hole punch every inch or so. Click here to download the A-Z large Letter Lacers.



Strawberry Shortcake was helping show her how to do the pattern. This day she insisted on matching the color to the letter instead.



4. Letter M Counting Practice. These cards have pictures of M&Ms on them from 1-10. The Teeny Tot counts the items on each card, then puts the correct number card on it.



5. Letter M Pre-Writing Practice: We laminate these and then use this with a dry-erase marker. They have several different shapes on the cards to help work on fine-motor skills needed for handwriting next year!




6. There are cutting guidelines on this puzzle to make a fairly simple 6 piece puzzle.


Here is her completed puzzle.



The letter M poke page was not in her box, but was requested by the Teeny Tot. She loves this activity.



11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use the geoboard and some colorful rubber bands to make letters, numbers, and shapes.



Family Fun Night:
Moose Munch Moose Munch can be anything you like. When I make it, I just pop some popcorn and mix it with other things that the kids like. You can use M & M’s, nuts, pretzels, etc. Put it into baggies and the kids will think it is real Moose Munch. (If you want to try some grown-up Moose Munch, you have got to try Harry and David’s Moose Munch.)

Movie Night Ideas:

Click here to download all of the Letter M for M&M activities, or check out my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum to get the entire alphabet all at once!



  • Amy January 29, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Teeny Tot is not so teeny anymore!

  • Eddie - The Usual Mayhem January 29, 2013 at 4:48 am

    I love that look of concentration as she does the hole-punch activity!

  • Carol January 29, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Thank you for the monkey alternative! It will be more interesting for my little guy … and I won’t have to share my m & m’s – LOL!!!

  • Amy S. January 29, 2013 at 8:38 am

    My question for you: how did you get her to hold her pencil (marker) properly? I am still struggling with my now second grader. (She went to public school for 2 years and that did nothing to help her. I make her use a grippy, which embarrasses her.) I am now trying to get my now 5 year old to hold her pencil properly. Any tips?

    • Samantha January 29, 2013 at 9:18 am

      I recently saw the idea of using an old sock and cutting a hole for the thumb and first finger and the rest of the hand stays in the sock, it prevents them from using the wrong fingers to hold the pencil. I think I saw this on pinterest if you wanted to search for more detailed instructions.

    • Danielle January 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

      We have been using Handwriting Without Tears and it has helped my son so much! You can look up youtube vidoes that has songs and different fun things to do to help with grip.

      • Amy S. January 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

        Great, thanks!!

    • ElizabethH February 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Handwriting Without Tears has a whole thing on pencil grip activities and how to get kids to do it right.

  • deb January 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I love these ideas i am going to be useing every one here

  • ryan kilgore January 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Question: How old is Teeny Tot and how old was she when you started workboxes with her? I ask because my son just turned 3.

  • mari May 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Where did you find your tree? I must get one right away.


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