Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Free Printable Snowflake Themed I Feel When Cards

Looking for a way to work on emotions with your kids this winter? Try this set of free printable snowflake themed I feel when cards with adorable snowflake emojis. They're a great way to get kids talking about their feelings.

I think it's incredibly important to normalize talking about emotions and feelings, not only as adults, but for kids too. 

So I think it's a good idea to start teaching kids early on that's all feelings are valid and normal. And that's it perfectly okay to express those feelings with and around others. 

Obviously within reasons...I'm not saying they should hit people when they're feeling angry or anything. Instead, I think it's awesome if they feel comfortable enough to say "I feel angry right now" out loud. That's a big deal.

But getting kids to open up about their feelings and emotions can be tricky. 

Hopefully, though, these snowflake themed I feel when cards will be a great way to get the conversation started. You can grab the free printable below.

Free printable snowflake themed emotions I feel when cards for kids - a great way to get kids talking about their emotions

About these Snowflake Themed I Feel When Cards

These I feel when cards feature 8 different emotions: happy, sad, surprised, calm, angry, excited, bored, and frustrated. Each card features a phrase with the written emotion word and a snowflake emoji. So for example, there is a card with a snowflake emoji showing what happy looks like. Above that it says "I feel happy when..."

The idea of these cards is to encourage kids to think about when they feel a certain way and to open up about it. So they're like conversation starters or prompts designed to get kids opening up about their feelings.

You can use them however you'd like, but the general idea is to draw a card, read what it says, and then talk about a time you might have felt that way. You might talk about the situation, the way your body felt, whether or not it's something that occurs frequently, and so on.

I highly recommend laminating these I feel when cards for durability. Here's the laminator I use and love.

Download the Free Printable I Feel When Cards

This one page printable includes eight I feel when cards. Each card has an adorable snowflake emoji paired the phrase "I feel ___ when..." and a specific emotion. To get your copy, enter your name and email in the form below.

Want More Ideas for Teaching Emotions? Try this Snowflake Themed Printable Pack!

This printable is a free sample from the Snowflake Themed Emotions Pack. If you love this activity and this theme, then grab a copy of the full emotions pack below.

Snowflake Themed Emotions Pack for Kids

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Awesome Christmas Fidgets & Stim Toys for Kids

Looking for some stocking stuffers or putting together a Christmas calm down kit? Try these Christmas fidgets for kids!

Christmas time is stressful for many. Anxiety is usually at an all time high because of changes in routines and schedules. Sensory overload is also more common due to all the lights and decorations and blaring Christmas tunes. Without some kind of coping mechanisms or calm down tools in place, many kids (adults too!) can struggle to get through this season.

One thing you can do is create a Christmas themed calm down kit with Christmas social stories, visual aids, Christmas sensory bottles, and some of these awesome Christmas fidgets below.

Or you can just use these fidget toys for Christmas stocking stuffers too. 

Either way, these fidgets can be a lifesaver for many during the busyness and anxiety that this season brings.

Stim & fidget toys for Christmas

Christmas Pop It Fidgets

Perhaps the most popular type of fidget at the moment are pop its or dimple fidgets. They're similar to popping bubble wrap, which is super satisfying. They also make a small popping sound as you press the dimples. 

Pop it fidgets also happen to come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can get bracelet style ones, keychain ones, or really huge ones. So there is bound to be design that appeals to your child (or yourself).

Here are some Christmas themed pop it fidgets to check out:

Christmas Fidget Spinners

Fidget spinners were huge years ago, similar to how pop it fidgets are now. So it's not surprising that most fidget spinners these days also include the pop bubbles in them as well. It's like the best of both worlds, I guess.

So if you enjoy spinning objects and popping bubble wrap, then you might like a Christmas fidget spinner. You can grab a 3 pack of Christmas fidget spinners here (pictured below).

Reversible Sequins Fidgets for Christmas

Reversible sequins fabric is great for stimming with. Not only is it great for tactile sensory seekers, but it's also great for visual input too. You can swipe the fabric one way and the design and colors change. Swipe it the other way and it returns to the original design and color.

Now while these fidgets are generally larger in size, they do make a great addition to a calm down area or corner. Here are a couple of Christmas items that use reversible sequins and would be great for fidgeting with:

Christmas Fidget Putty

If sensory doughs or slimes are more of your thing to fidget with, then some kind of silly putty or theraputty will be right up your alley. Here are a couple of Christmas themed fidget putties that you can try:

Infinity Cube Fidgets for Christmas

Another great fidget toy is an infinity cube. These fidgets have cubes that can be folded in on themselves forever and ever and ever. They kind of look like Rubik's cubes at first glance. But since it's Christmastime, try this 4 pack of Christmas themed infinity cubes that are pictured below.

Christmas Popper Toys

I've seen lots of speech therapists incorporate these popper toys into their sessions and I've seen occupational therapists use them to build hand strength. But they're also just a great fidget in general. The satisfying squeeze. The sound of the ball popping out. What's not to love?

So if you'd like to try a popper toy as a Christmas fidget, try one of these:

Sensory Chewable Necklaces for Christmas

My son chews on everything, especially when he's anxious. And Christmas time is definitely a time of heightened anxiety. So I couldn't write about Christmas fidgets without mentioning at least one chewy. Besides you can even find cute Christmas themed ones like this Christmas tree chewable necklace (pictured below).

Christmas Squishies & Stress Ball Type Fidgets

Stress balls are always a classic fidget option. However, there are also these really cool squishy ones now that are tons of fun. Some even come scented, by the way. There are also stress balls that are filled with water beads, which provide another interesting texture to fidget with. So here are some Christmas fidgets you might want to check out:

Other Christmas Fidgets & Stim Toy Ideas

Of course there are lots of other ideas you could consider like red and green pop tubes, red and green glow sticks, a snow globe, etc. that would be perfect as a Christmas fidget or stim toy. If you're more of a visual shopper, you can find all of the ideas above on my Amazon shop page. See the full list of Christmas fidgets and stim toys here.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Free Printable Leaf Emotions Spot the Match Game

Looking for a cute and easy way to work on emotions with your child? Try this free printable leaf emotions spot the match game. It uses adorable leaf faces to teach emotions!

We love games in our house. Card games, board games, video games...we play them all! My kids, especially my oldest son, can't get enough of games. Honestly, if we were ever to homeschool, then we would probably gameschool. But for now, we're happy with our current schooling choices.

Anyway, games are such a great way to work on a variety of skills, whether that's problem solving skills, turn taking skills, or learning how to be a good sport. They can target many of these skills at once.

And, honestly, I think that board games are one of the best - and easiest! -  ways to build a variety of social skills.

But you can also use games to teach emotions. Like this leaf emotions spot the match game can do. This game is super easy to learn and features the cutest little leaf emojis. Did I mention that it's free? Well, it is!

Free printable leaf emotions spot the match game for kids

About this Leaf Emotions Spot the Match Game

This free printable leaf emotions spot the match game is inspired by the game Spot it. It features adorable leaf faces to teach emotions, from happy and sad to silly and frustrated.

The object of the game is to simply find a matching leaf emoji between two cards. Be the first to call out the match by saying the name of the emotion that's the same on two cards.

There are actually lots of different ways to play Spot It style games like this. Just do a quick google search and you'll find lots of possibilities. So play around a bit until you find a play style you enjoy.

I highly recommend laminating the leaf emotions game cards for durability, especially if you're using them with really young kids. Here's the laminator I use and love.

Download the Free Printable Leaf Emotions Game

This two page printable includes 7 game cards. Each card has three leaf emotion faces. To get your copy, enter your name and email in the form below.

Want More Ideas for Teaching Emotions? Try this Leaf Themed Printable Pack!

This printable is a free sample from the Leaf Themed Emotions Pack. If you love this activity and this theme, then grab a copy of the full emotions pack below.

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Free Printable Acorn Themed Emotion Puzzles

Looking for a cute way to teach emotions to toddlers and preschoolers this fall? Try this free printable set of emotion puzzles with adorable acorn emojis.

There are so many different ways to teach kids about emotions. You can model different emotions. You can help label your child's feelings. You can read books about anger, anxiety, joy, and more. You can do all sorts of emotions activities from worksheets to playful games. The list goes on and on.

Today I have a simple and fun fall themed set of emotion puzzles for kids. They're really simple so they're even great for toddlers and preschoolers.

These little puzzles feature adorable little acorn faces. I mean just look at how cute they are? They're perfect for a quick fall activity at home or in the classroom.

Free printable acorn themed emotion puzzles for kids

About these Acorn Themed Emotion Puzzles

These emotion puzzles feature 8 different emotions: happy, sad, surprised, calm, angry, excited, bored, and frustrated. Each acorn emotion face is paired with the name of the emotion written below (a must when you have a hyperlexic kid!).

To play, simply find the matching halves of the emotion and pair them together. As I mentioned above, these puzzles are easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to use too.

I highly recommend laminating the emotion puzzles for durability, especially if you're using them with really young kids. Here's the laminator I use and love.

Download the Free Printable Emotion Puzzles

This four page printable includes a total of eight emotion puzzles. Each card has an adorable acorn emoji paired with the corresponding emotion word. To get your copy, enter your name and email in the form below.

Want More Ideas for Teaching Emotions? Try this Acorn Themed Printable Pack!

This printable is a free sample from the Acorn Themed Emotions Pack. If you love this activity and this theme, then grab a copy of the full emotions pack below.

Acorn themed emotions pack for kids

Get your copy of the Acorn Themed Emotions Pack

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