Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bug I Spy Game {Free Printable for Kids}

As much as I don't like bugs, my kids love them! J especially loved all the tent caterpillars that always take over the entire city in the Spring. He'd let them crawl up his arms and along his hands. Me, on the other hand? I can barely handle ladybugs!

But thankfully the bugs on this free printable bug themed I spy game for kids are super cute. Hard to be grossed out by these bugs, right?

Free bug themed I Spy game for kids from And Next Comes L

The Benefits of I Spy Games for Kids

I Spy printables like this Christmas pandas 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 Bug 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 comprehension - something kids with hyperlexia struggle with.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Aliens I Spy Game {Free Printable for Kids}

If you have a space obsessed kiddo (like many hyperlexic kids are!), then they're going to love this free printable alien I spy game for kids. With UFOs and multiple-eyed aliens, this alien I spy game is sure to delight little space fanatics.

It's a perfect companion to the alien themed personal space social skills pack too in case you are working on those skills at home with your child.

Free alien themed I Spy game for kids from And Next Comes L

The Benefits of I Spy Games for Kids

I Spy printables like this Christmas pandas 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 Alien 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 comprehension - something kids with hyperlexia struggle with.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Free Printable Circus Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

From juggling clowns to a lion riding a bicycle, this free printable circus themed barrier game is a super cute way to work on speech, language, and social skills. Simply work together with your child to see if you can both create the same circus scene!

Free printable circus themed barrier game for speech therapy from And Next Comes L

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What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Circus Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes four pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Lavender Scented Slime

Life with kids is hectic, but toss in autism, sensory issues, and one crazy school year and I'm basically begging for more calm in our lives. Even when I first started dabbling with essential oils to calm sensory meltdowns, I quickly noticed how positive lavender essential oil was for us. We began using it for bedtime and for calming sensory play.

So when my kids first started showing an interest in playing with slime, I knew right away that I wanted to make a lavender scented slime recipe. I wanted the first experience with slime to be calming to touch, calming to watch, and calming to smell.

But if I'm going to be honest, it certainly wasn't a calming process to make it! It was an extremely sticky mess as I tried to get the measurements perfect. It was stuck to my hands, and I'm pretty sure my hair and face, as I desperately tried to make this slime recipe work for us. I swear those slime video tutorials I see on social media make things look way too easy.

Lavender scented slime recipe for kids from And Next Comes L

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A Few Important Notes About Slime

When it comes to making and playing with slime in our house, I do have a few important rules.

  1. Always wash your hands after playing with slime.
  2. Parents should always make the slime recipe (to make sure measurements are correct). Or at least, supervise your child while they make it.
  3. Seal the slime in an airtight container so that it can be reused and played with over and over.
I'm not super "sciency," but we are basically mixing things together and forming a chemical reaction or something. See, not sciency at all. 

How to Make Calming Lavender Scented Slime

Here's what I used to make this lavender scented slime:

Pour the bottle of glue into a bowl and add the baking soda. Mix well. Add the lavender essential oil and liquid watercolor and stir until combined. Next, add some generous squirts of contact solution and mix. Keep adding the contact solution until the mixture starts to ball up and stick to itself. Then I like to wet my fingers with some more contact solution and knead the slime until it's well combined.

Or, you can use K's trusty instructions that he wrote out all by himself...

How to make calming lavender slime for kids from And Next Comes L

Just don't forget this important final step, especially if you are a blogger...hahaha

How to make calming lavender slime for kids from And Next Comes L


Then you'll end up with a lovely purple plop of...poop? Or at least that's what it looks like in this photo!

How to make calming lavender slime for kids from And Next Comes L

This simple slime recipe is ooey, gooey, and oh so stretchy! And admittedly, kind of challenging to photograph!

How to make calming lavender slime for kids from And Next Comes L

Playing with stretchy lavender scented slime from And Next Comes L

Playing with stretchy lavender scented slime from And Next Comes L

Playing with stretchy lavender scented slime from And Next Comes L

K gives it too thumbs up!

Playing with stretchy lavender scented slime from And Next Comes L
  

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Simple Tech Challenge for Kids: Make a Stop Motion Movie

In addition to K's interest in photography, both him and J have developed an interest in making their own videos as well. 

It all started innocently when they were watching some adorable Yarn Yoshi shorts on YouTube when my husband suggested that the kids try making their own stop motion videos. Of course, they were excited to give it a try!

As long as you have an iPad, then this simple technology challenge for kids is totally free and, in no time, your kids will be showing off their proud creations!

Simple technology challenge for kids: make a stop motion movie from And Next Comes L

Teach Your Kids How to Make Their Own Stop Motion Videos

Getting started with stop motion is easy. We simply used what we already had on hand and downloaded a free app on my iPad. Then off the kids ran to make a variety of little movies.


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Free Printable Bug Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

My seven year old, J, has always liked bugs. This spring, however, he has been even more curious about them.

Almost every spring we have a huge outbreak of tent caterpillars. They literally swarm houses and trees. It's impossible not to step on them during May and June. Anyway, J loves picking them up and letting them crawl on his arms and hands. And he gets so mad at me if I step on them, shouting, "They're a part of nature! Don't step on them!"

Me, on the other hand? I don't like bugs. Not even ladybugs.

However, the cute bugs in this free printable barrier game for kids are totally up my alley. I would totally be okay with bugs if they looked like these ones.

Free printable bug themed barrier game for speech therapy from And Next Comes L

This post contains affiliate links.

What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Bug Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.


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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Free Printable Ballet Barrier Game for Speech Therapy

Barrier games are a great way to work on building vocabulary so I like to create a variety of different themes when I make these games. For instance, this free printable ballet themed barrier game for kids features ballerinas spinning and dancing along a stage in a ballet recital to encourage words like spinning, dancing, ballerina, tutu, ballet slippers, etc.

Perhaps you have an aspiring ballerina at your house that would love this game!

Free printable ballet themed barrier game for speech therapy from And Next Comes L

This post contains affiliate links.

What is a Barrier Game?

Barrier games are a way to practice speech and social skills concepts by creating and describing scenes to another player. For more information on barrier games, I highly recommend reading this article about how barrier games are great for language enrichment.

Barrier games can be used to target specific skills such as:

  • Following directions
  • Listening skills
  • Prepositions (on, under, above, beside, next to, etc.)
  • Expressive speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Turn taking
Or at least, that's what we're using these games to target with my son who has autism and hyperlexia.

How to Use the Free Printable Barrier Game

To prep this barrier game, you will need at least two players. Simply download, print two copies of both the scene and the items (one copy for each player), cut the individual items, and laminate all pieces for durability (optional).

To play this barrier game, have all players sit at a table and set up a barrier (a file folder or book works great!) so that all players cannot see each other's materials. Each player takes turns placing an object on the scene and describing to the other player where to place the objects. Each player should give specific directions on where to place the objects. The objective of the game is to have identical pictures at the end. That is, all players should have matching scenes with the items placed in the same spots for all players.

Please keep in mind that I am not a speech pathologist. I created these barrier games using ideas from our son's speech pathologist as well as from researching about barrier games, what they are, and how to use them.

Download the Free Printable Ballet Barrier Game

This free printable barrier game includes three pages, including details instructions on how to play, a landscape or scene, and game pieces.


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