Thursday, April 20, 2017

STEM Challenge with Recyclables

When it comes to coming up with a quick boredom buster activity or loose parts play idea for the kids, I look no further than my recycling bin. The possibilities are endless with all the different materials that can be found in the recycling bin. 

This STEM challenge for kids using recyclables encourages kids to build and explore without using glue and without using tape. What will they build?

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The No Glue, No Tape Earth Day STEM Challenge for Kids

Since I wanted the kids to be able to explore all the possibilities with the materials and still return the items to the recycle bin, I challenged my kids to build a list of creations using only the materials on hand. No tape and no glue were allowed.

Come check out what five year old K built and grab the list of prompts for this STEM challenge.


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Heavy Work Activities for School

Heavy work is beneficial for all kids, but is particularly calming for kids with sensory needs and/or autism.

Doing a simple heavy work activity, like those listed below, quickly helps to improve focus and attention. These ideas can quickly reset a day for kids and provide a much need sensory body break for those kids who have sensory needs.

This list of heavy work activities for kids is geared specifically towards the classroom and provides quick and easy ideas for implementing heavy work naturally into the school day. There is also a free printable list of heavy work activities for school included.

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Heavy Work Activities for Kids to Do at School

This list of heavy work activities are ones that occur naturally throughout the school day and/or can be done right within the classroom. So if your child needs a quick body break at school, then these heavy work activities for the classroom are perfect for that!

  1. Erase chalkboards or whiteboards
  2. Sharpen pencils with a manual pencil sharpener
  3. Fill plastic crates with books to take to other classrooms
  4. Stack chairs
  5. Move packs of paper for the printer/photocopier
  6. Staple paper, especially onto bulletin boards
  7. Take down chairs at the beginning of the day
  8. Place chairs on desks at the end of the day
  9. Rearrange desks or furniture in the classroom
  10. Help the gym teacher move mats, hang them up, etc.
  11. Ride a scooter board around the hallway
  12. Carry books with both hands, hugging tight to chest
  13. Open and hold doors for people
  14. Help the janitor or caretaker empty garbage cans, recycling, mopping, sweeping, etc.
  15. Climb on playground equipment

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Heavy Work Activities for Home

It's no secret that heavy work activities are beneficial for kids, especially those with sensory issues or autism. You certainly don't have to get creative when it comes to finding heavy work activities for kids because most household chores work perfectly. So if you are looking for some heavy work activities for kids to do at home, then look no further than this list of 30 simple ideas.

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Heavy Work Activities for Kids to Do at Home

Chores are good for kids, right? You bet! They are one of the easiest heavy work activities that you likely already incorporate into your day. But, in case you need a little more inspiration, here are 30 heavy work activities that kids can do right at home.

  1. Carry groceries into the house
  2. Carry a laundry basket full of clothes
  3. Build a fort
  4. Move garbage or recycling bins to the curb
  5. Make the bed
  6. Do outdoor chores: mow the grass, shovel snow, rake the leaves, etc.
  7. Do indoor chores: vacuum, sweep, mop, etc.
  8. Load or unload the dishwasher
  9. Push, move, or drag furniture
  10. Sort recycling
  11. Water plants with a watering can
  12. Stack chairs
  13. Wash the car
  14. Remove couch cushions and put them back
  15. Fill a pillowcase or bag with stuffed animals
  16. Make or build something using real tools like a hammer, sander, screwdriver, etc.
  17. Give the dog a bath
  18. Carry a small pet
  19. Drink thick liquids through a straw or try some fun twisty straws
  20. Clean windows
  21. Have a pillow fight
  22. Push chairs in at the table
  23. Push or pull boxes or laundry basket filled with toys, books, or small child
  24. Stuff pillows into pillowcases
  25. Stuff duvet into a duvet cover
  26. Fill a pillowcase with stuffed animals and carry it around
  27. Pull laundry out of the washer or dryer
  28. Climb a chair or couch
  29. Make an obstacle course
  30. Stack and unstack cans or boxes of food

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Free Printable Social Story About Crossing the Street

Safety is a concern for many autism families and crossing the street is definitely one area of safety that might need reinforcement with your kids. This free printable social story about crossing the street walks your kids through the process. From looking both ways to holding hands to pressing the crosswalk button, this social story covers it all!

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About the Free Printable Social Story

This social story explains how to cross the street safely. It includes mentions of crosswalk lights as well.

I highly suggest laminating the social story for durability. You can use binder rings to keep the social story together or store it in a binder. As an alternative to laminating, you could use sheet protectors in a binder. Or if you find yourself printing off lots of social stories, then this binding machine is a lifesaver!

Download the Free Printable Crossing the Street Social Story

This printable is 10 pages long and includes full color photos.


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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Easter Egg Slime

We've just recently hopped on board with the whole slime craze. We avoided it for years because of concerns with J's oral sensory seeking and because I hadn't found a recipe that used ingredients that I was comfortable with. However, we have recently discovered a slime recipe that works for our family and have been experimenting with it every since. This colorful Easter egg slime sensory play recipe for kids is so fun! 

The mixture of gooey, stretchy slime with glittery squishy eggs makes for a wonderful tactile experience that the kids (and I!) couldn't resist!

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How to Make Easter Egg Slime

This slime recipe is easy in terms of ingredients, but I warn you now, those slime videos you see on social media are all lies! Slime making is far from glamorous, at least for me. I end up with glue everywhere!!


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Spring & Easter Perler Bead Crafts

I am so happy that Spring is finally here! So happy that I even cleaned out my sunroom earlier than usual just so that we could get out there and utilize it! These adorable Spring perler bead projects for kids were so much fun to create. They can be turned into magnets, key chains, necklaces, hair clips, or really anything else you can think of.

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Spring Perler Bead Projects for Kids

There are three projects to make: a bunny, a chick, and a tulip. They're small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, but you can easily double the size of these projects by doubling the number of beads.


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Friday, March 31, 2017

Turn Taking Hidden Rules Social Skills Printable

Ah, turn taking...something my son really struggles with, as do a lot of kids, honestly. Knowing what to say when taking turns is important, but so is behaving in an expected way. This free social skills printable about the hidden rules of turn taking is a great way to teach those expected and unexpected behaviors to your children.

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About this Hidden Rules Social Skills Printable

Kids with hyperlexia and/or autism need to be taught social skills directly. They often struggle deciphering what the expected and unexpected behaviors are surrounding social situations. I particularly like to use the language of expected versus unexpected instead of good versus bad, thanks to the Social Thinking Curriculum, which is why you will see that language used on this printable.

Simply print, cut, and laminate (optional) the behavior cards and the sorting chart. Then work together with your child to sort the behaviors into what is expected when it comes to taking turns and what is not expected. Be sure to discuss why the behaviors go into which category.

With enough practice, hopefully the understanding of these expected and unexpected behaviors can transfer over and become well-learned social skills for your child. This printable is a perfect accompaniment to the free printable turn taking social scripts.

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