Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Math Times Tables I Spy Game {Free Printable for Kids}

So it turns out all those I Spy printables that I made last week were just too simple for my son with hypernumeracy.

I had to step it up a bit.

Keeping his love for math in mind, I ended up creating this free printable math themed I Spy Game pack that focus on times tables. While he certainly already knows his times tables (and has for maybe a couple years already), the added challenge of tallying them up while visually scanning for them should make it extra challenging for him.

In theory though, right?

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The Benefits of I Spy Games for Kids

I Spy printables like this math one are great for providing visual sensory input to kids, making them a great choice for visual sensory seekers. They also help develop a child's visual tracking ability and improve visual discrimination. This printable requires kids to visually scan through the objects and find ones that are the same.

Playing I Spy with your kids is also a great way to improve speech, language, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. I've discussed how playing I Spy games with kids can improve comprehension in kids with autism and hyperlexia before.

These types of I Spy games also encourage math learning by asking kids to count how many of each object they find. However, since this one focuses on times tables, it will help the kids learn the times tables in a new and exciting way. Or maybe it's only exciting to my hypernumerate son.

Download the Free Printable Times Tables I Spy Game

This printable includes 20 pages of I Spy game sheets and answer sheets to record the number of objects found. The answer sheet has the product of the multiplication equations from the game sheets. So kids must multiply each equation first before they can count up how many there are for each product.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

DIY Chewelry for Kids Who Chew on Everything {Oral Motor Sensory Hacks for Kids}

Do you have an older child who still chews on everything? Are you looking for inexpensive solutions for helping them get the oral motor sensory input that they crave? Then these DIY chewelry necklaces and sensory toys for kids are going to be super helpful for you! Especially if your child has autism and/or sensory processing issues.

If you're familiar with my blog at all, then you'll know that the oral sensory seeking of my oldest son is an ongoing issue for us. We're constantly looking for new ideas for oral motor sensory activities like this snowball oral motor game or these 24 oral motor activity ideas to help him get the input he needs without costing us a fortune! We've gone through more chew necklaces than I care to admit. Even the so called extra durable ones last us a week...if we're lucky.

So if you're looking for cheaper chewelry alternatives for your kids, then try some of these ideas!

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DIY Chewelry Sensory Hacks for Kids

1. DIY Chewable Zipper Pull (pictured) - If you have a child who constantly chews on their coat, then this easy DIY zipper pull is the perfect solution.

2. DIY Chewy Tube Necklace (pictured) - This necklace is nothing fancy, but it's super inexpensive to make using an easy to find item.

3. Easy Fabric Bracelets (pictured) - These DIY bracelets are perfect for kids who like to chew on their shirt cuffs. You can also check out this DIY t-shirt yarn sensory bracelet

4. Homemade Chew Toys - I love the simple homemade chew toys using clear tubing, but this post also has a great tutorial for showing you how to attach any sensory chew toy to a coat.

5. DIY Bubblegum Necklace (pictured) - Have a child that prefers to chew on fabric? Try this gorgeous bubblegum necklace!

6. Braided T-Shirt Chew Necklaces - Just like the bracelet idea mentioned earlier, you can use t-shirts to create chew necklaces. You could easily make a bunch with one shirt and then toss them in the washing machine regularly to keep them clean. You can also check out this chew necklace tutorial.

7. DIY Straw Necklace - Does your child like the texture of chewing on straws? Try this DIY chew necklace made with straws.

8. Knotted Fabric Bracelet - I love this bright and colorful fabric bracelet for kids who chew their shirt cuffs.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

16 Piano Inspired Music Activities for Kids

As a piano teacher, I have a weakness for clever music activities for kids, especially if they are piano related. Sadly, there's not that many piano crafts and activities for kids beyond traditional music theory worksheets and actual piano lessons. And usually they are geared towards school aged kids and up.

So what about fun piano inspired activities for little ones like babies, toddlers, and preschoolers?

Well, I found 16 awesome piano inspired music activities for kids, including crafts, gross motor activities, sensory play ideas, and lots of free printables! Your kids are going to love learning about the piano with these fun music activities. And meanwhile, I can add these fun ideas to letter P of the ABCs of Music for kids series.

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16 Ways to Play & Learn with Pianos {Music Activities for Kids}

1. Giant Chalk Keyboard - A musical twist on hopscotch, this giant chalk keyboard is the perfect outdoor gross motor activity for kids!

2. Piano Loom Bracelet from Loom Love - If the kids are up for a challenge, then try making this gorgeous piano loom bracelet!

3. Piano Quiet Book Page {Free Printable Pattern} - Perfect for babies and toddlers, this piano quiet book page is a great way to expose little ones to the piano.

4. DIY Silent Mini Keyboards from Color in My Piano - Could be a great craft for the kids to make themselves, but it's also a great way to encourage pretend piano play.

5. Tape Resist Piano Craft from House of Burke - Even the smallest of hands can enjoy this beautiful little piano craft.

6. Craft Stick Piano Craft from Tami Baird - It looks like the original idea is from Tami's Piano Studio.

7. Homemade Glowing Floor Piano - Great for gross motor, sensory input, and imaginative play, this giant homemade glowing floor piano is a lot of fun!

8. Music Play on the Overhead Projector - Playing on a vertical surface like we did sure is fun way to learn about piano keys and encourage gross motor and imaginative play.

9. Spell a Keyboard Game {Free Printable} from Color in My Piano - Practice spelling words and find keys on the piano with this simple game.

10. DIY Craft Stick Piano from Deceptively Educational - Explore the science behind the different sounds of various piano keys with this simple DIY project.

11. Animal Keyboard Clothespin Matching Game {Free Printable} from Susan Paradis Piano Teaching Resources - A super cute fine motor activity to help your kids learn the names of the piano keys.

12. Black Key Group Sorting Keys {Free Printable} from Color in My Piano - Let the kids build a piano keyboard with this free printable that I use a lot with my beginner piano students.

13. Piano Inspired Music Sensory Bin - It's set up initially to look like piano keys, but it won't stay that way for long because this sensory bin is just plain fun!

14. Letter P Piano Craft from No Time for Flashcards - This craft is great for working on fine motor skills!

15. Large Free Printable Keyboard from Color in My Piano - Make a giant floor piano with the kids! The kids could also assemble it themselves just like a puzzle.

16. Cover the Keys {Free Printable} from Susan Paradis Piano Teaching Resources - A simple game to practice finding and naming the keys of the piano.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

20 Ways to Play & Learn with Drums {Music Activities for Kids}

A couple of years ago I intended to do an ABCs of Music for kids series, but quickly fell behind because it was hard to find good music activities for kids to fit a lot of the themes that I wanted to cover. However, I am determined to get the rest of the letters finished off at some point. Even if it's sporadic and a slow process.

So today I'm sharing 20 ways to play and learn with drums as a way to finish off letter D in the series. From crafts to homemade drums to a drum sensory bin, these fun music activities are great for kids of all ages.

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20 Ways for Kids to Play & Learn with Drums {Music Activities for Kids}

1. Spelling with Tin Can Drums - Practice spelling words using drums. Yes, really!

2. Drums in the Musical Science Pool - A great way to explore science (and keep the kids cool!) is with this musical science pool. As an alternative, try it in the bathtub!

3. DIY Drums from A Beautiful Mess - Make a set of these gorgeous DIY drums for your kids.

4. Drumstick Painting from Crayon Box Chronicles - Here's a fun way to paint using DIY pom pom drumsticks.

5. Exploring Tempo in Music with 2 Simple Drum Games - This activity is quite calming for kids when you beat the drum at a slow, even tempo, but going fast encourages the kids to get moving!

6. Little Drummer Boy Sensory Bin from Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tail - Sure it's based off of a Christmas song, but this sensory bin is a fun way to play with drums.

7. Duct Tape Practice Drum from Frugal Fun for Boys - An awesome drum craft for kids.

8. Rattle Drum Craft from Pink Stripey Socks - Another cute drum craft for kids.

9. Bucket Drumming & Stomping - For some gross motor music play, try bucket drumming and stomping.

10. Teaching Kids How Sound is Made from Kids Activities Blog - Explore the science of sound with this great drumming activity.

11. Books About Drums from Growing Book by Book - Try reading books about drums with this great list of children's books.

 12. Homemade Rhythm Set from Inner Child Fun - Use objects from around the house to set up this quick and easy drumming station.

13. DIY Recycled Outdoor Drumming Station - Grab some recyclables and upcycle them into this fabulous temporary outdoor drumming station.

14. DIY Toy Leather Drum from Say Yes - Another gorgeous homemade drum for kids.

15. Rainbow Drums on the Light Table - Playing drums on the light table is a great sensory experience for kids.

16. Homemade Duct Tape Drum from Minne Mama- A colorful drum craft for kids.

17. Grow Stick Drumming - Turn out the lights and grab some glow sticks for this simple drum activity.

18. Play Drums on your iPad from iGameMom - Explore different drum set sounds right on your iPad with this app suggestion.

19. Tin Can Drum - For a quick craft, let the kids design their own tin can drums to play with.

20. Glow in the Dark Drum from Happily Ever Mom - Transform a drum into a glow in the dark drum with this simple idea.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Easter Bunny Themed I Spy Game {Free Printable for Kids}

I know it's not really close to Easter at all, but I saw these cute bunnies and had to make them into a free printable I Spy game for kids. I was on a roll making the I Spy printables, so I thought why not put an Easter one together ahead of time.

This Easter bunny I Spy is more challenging than some of the other I Spy printables. There are two different bunnies for each color, which means kids have to rely on the patterns of the bunnies to help discriminate them further to find the correct ones. It should be a good visual challenge for kids!

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The Benefits of I Spy Games for Kids

I Spy printables like this Easter bunny themed one are great for providing visual sensory input to kids, making them a great choice for visual sensory seekers. They also help develop a child's visual tracking ability and improve visual discrimination. This printable requires kids to visually scan through the objects and find ones that are the same.

Playing I Spy with your kids is also a great way to improve speech, language, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. I've discussed how playing I Spy games with kids can improve comprehension in kids with autism and hyperlexia before.

These types of I Spy games also encourage math learning by asking kids to count how many of each object they find.

Download the Free Printable Easter Bunnies I Spy Game

This printable includes one I Spy game sheet and one answer sheet to record the number of objects found. The answer sheet uses the written word as well as an image of the object to search for to help improve his comprehension - something kids with hyperlexia struggle with.


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Fruit Themed I Spy Game {Free Printable for Kids}

I had someone ask me the other day what J's favorite food was. My response was fruit. All fruit and any fruit. He also loves vegetables. We have never had a problem getting him to eat his fruits and vegetables, right from the moment he first started eating solid food. Since he loves fruit so much, I thought he would enjoy playing this free printable fruit themed I Spy game.

Simply search for the different types of fruit, count them, and record them on the answer sheet. Such a great visual scanning activity for kids!

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The Benefits of I Spy Games for Kids

I Spy printables like this fruit themed one are great for providing visual sensory input to kids, making them a great choice for visual sensory seekers. They also help develop a child's visual tracking ability and improve visual discrimination. This printable requires kids to visually scan through the objects and find ones that are the same.

Playing I Spy with your kids is also a great way to improve speech, language, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. I've discussed how playing I Spy games with kids can improve comprehension in kids with autism and hyperlexia before.

These types of I Spy games also encourage math learning by asking kids to count how many of each object they find.

Download the Free Printable Fruit Themed I Spy Game

This printable includes one I Spy game sheet and one answer sheet to record the number of objects found. The answer sheet uses the written word as well as an image of the object to search for to help improve his comprehension - something kids with hyperlexia struggle with.


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Planets I Spy Game {Free Printable for Kids}

My oldest son has been extremely interested in learning about planets for quite some time, so we have done our fair share of space themed activities over the past year or so. And really, how many times I have heard my kids sing the song "Planets, Planets" by Music with Nancy...too many to count. Way too many to count.

Inspired by his love for planets, I created this free printable space themed I Spy game for him. He can scan and count the different planets (tapping into something else he loves - anything number related!) and record them on the answer sheet. There are also lots of benefits to playing I Spy games like this one, as I have highlighted below.

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The Benefits of I Spy Games for Kids

I Spy printables like this space themed one are great for providing visual sensory input to kids, making them a great choice for visual sensory seekers. They also help develop a child's visual tracking ability and improve visual discrimination. This printable requires kids to visually scan through the objects and find ones that are the same.

Playing I Spy with your kids is also a great way to improve speech, language, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. I've discussed how playing I Spy games with kids can improve comprehension in kids with autism and hyperlexia before.

These types of I Spy games also encourage math learning by asking kids to count how many of each object they find.

Download the Free Printable Planets I Spy Game

This printable includes one I Spy game sheet and one answer sheet to record the number of objects found. The answer sheet uses the written word as well as an image of the object to search for to help improve his comprehension - something kids with hyperlexia struggle with.


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