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Edible Water Beads. Rosie and Jewel love water beads, and we use them often in play.

Edible Water Beads

As long as kids are out of the mouthing stage and know that they are not for consumption water beads are lots of fun. However, many readers still do not feel comfortable and have expressed concerns. Edible Slime or Gak (Chemical and Borax Free!) One of the things I love to do with this blog is to use my science background (I have an M.

Edible Slime or Gak (Chemical and Borax Free!)

DIY: Have Fun with Jell-Doh - The Krazy Coupon Lady. Play-doh is great for summer break fun!

DIY: Have Fun with Jell-Doh - The Krazy Coupon Lady

Little ones get hours of fun squishing and molding it, and mothers can get in on the educational aspect by encouraging their children to practice recognizing numbers, letters, and even animals by using cookie cutters and sculpting skills (you can even organize math and spelling lessons with Play-doh). Creativity is also encouraged — something like sculpting 101.

Though Play-doh has become a staple for mothers of young children, you’ll rarely find a good deal on it. Offering loose parts (shells, rocks, twigs, glass pebbles etc) to your play space can inspire so much creativity.

Add a mirror to the mix and a whole new dimension of playful curiosity is created. I’ve been curious about Reggio, loose parts and mirror play for some time, gathering ideas and information on my Natural Play – Open Ended Creativity board on Pinterest. After reading some wonderful mirror play posts from Kate at An Everyday Story, and then this lovely activity from Hannah at Paint on the Ceiling, I finally introduced a mirror into our play.

It was wonderful to watch R’s reaction to the mirror. Obviously he’s seen a mirror before, but I guess looking at one from a new perspective, tweaked his curiosity. Next to the mirror I placed a cushion for R to sit on, and a basket containing our silver foil blocks that we had wrapped the day before. After lining up the blocks, he placed them back into the basket and began constructing sail boats and steam boats with them. Sticky Flower Garden Sensory Art for Kids. 2 Ingredient Cloud-Dough: the ultimate sensory dough!

Cloud dough requires only 2 common household ingredients, and it’s ready in minutes. It smells heavenly, and it’s a delight to run your fingers through! I’m a sucker for a good, homemade sensory play recipe, and this flour and baby oil Cloud dough is something I’ve been waiting all winter to make! I’ve seen cloud dough on plenty of other blogs, and every one mentions the mess-factor so I’ve been for warm weather so we could make it, and take it outside to play with. What is Cloud Dough? Cloud dough (also known as moon dough or moon sand) is silky and mold-able and takes just two ingredients to make. Tier 3 Positive Behavior Intervention And Support of Sensory Tools. Reclaiming The Home: Building an Autism Sensory Room on the Cheap: Tactile. I recently wrote on building the environment for an Autism / Sensory Room inexpensively.

Reclaiming The Home: Building an Autism Sensory Room on the Cheap: Tactile

This entry will talk about some tactile things that can be a really important part of your sensory room, and how you can do this "on the cheap. " Depending on whether your child is a tactile defensive or a tactile seeker (it is possible to be both), pick and choose which things you think your child would most enjoy. I will put DEFENSIVE ideas in Italic for easy identification. 1.

This post is part two of a three part series called A Crash Course in Meltdown Management Series by Karen Wang.

Part One: How to manage and prevent a Temper TantrumPart Two: Sensory Meltdowns: 26 Sensory Integration Tools for Meltdown ManagementPart Three: How to manage and prevent a panic attack In the Part One of the Crash Course in Meltdown Management, I explained some basic rules for helping a child through meltdowns: managing a child’s meltdowns by modeling respect and empathy, and searching for the cause of a meltdown.

Different types of meltdowns require different approaches. I also examined the classic temper tantrum and its purpose in child development. Today I’ll discuss sensory meltdowns, the type usually associated with autism and other neurological conditions. Sensory Meltdowns Sensory meltdown at my cousin’s wedding in 2004 I love to attend wedding ceremonies, but I have always hated wedding receptions – even my own wedding reception. The Role of Self-Regulation Away from Home. Sensory Bags are a great way for kids to expand their sense of touch, creativity, and adventure, and they are so easy to make!

Earlier this week I featured four different sensory bags that I’ve introduced to my one-year-old (filled with beads, shells, squishy sparkles, or glow sticks). Now it’s time to take a look at all the other great ideas for sensory bags out there! I am seriously impressed with all of the incredible ideas people have come up with for how to play with (and learn from) sensory bags — from tummy time to giant waterbeds to practicing pre-writing skills, and everything in between! Check out the categories and titles below to find something that suits your fancy. Or pin this post so you can come back later…too much fun stuff!

The Basics: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Group Fun: 10. 11. Occupational Therapy. Making you and your clasroom more sensory friendly Elaine ORiordan 3.