Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I already had candy molds that I used to make Jack dairy free chocolates back when we thought he was allergic to all dairy products. And I had some crayons that we had previously melted to make thinner and easier for his little hands to hold. I just remelted them.
Here was my finished product.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
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I do have construction paper and various colored pegs and what not around and could have done the activity just as laid out here but I decided to try it with Jack's light box hoping that it would help him to more easily distinguish the colors.
I pulled out the blue and red overlays,
Jack seemed to have real difficulty with this activity.
See how similar the red and blue appear?
So the big question.....was the activity difficult because he just plain old wasn't interested or is he color blind and finds it difficult to distinguish the two colors?
And I wonder if using the light box and light box materials exacerbated the difficulty of identify the colors.....
I'll take any suggestions especially from those of you who are color blind.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
You need a large container of some kind.
Add your beans.
I elected to make cards to encourage Jack to dig. I then labeled the cards with black marker and braille.
Since I had cookies in the "sensory tin", I waited until after lunch when the inevitable cookie request would be made. I explained that we were going to play a game to get his cookie.
I showed him the cards to show him what was buried.
Then I introduced the tin....
|Hmmmm....I am not impressed.|
|Got what I'm after!|
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Jack has found immense enjoyment playing dot to dot on his Ipad. When I saw a post on Christmas sticker letter dot to dots. I thought that the idea presented a perfect opportunity to capitalize on this new found enjoyment. It reminded me a little of the handwriting worksheets from ABC Jesus Loves Me.
So I combined the two ideas....
1. I used a highlighter and wrote out Jack's name at the top of a piece of construction paper.
2. On the bottom of the paper, I used the highlighter to draw three straight lines for Jack to practice.
3. I used sticker dots to create the start and end dots for the letters of Jack's name.
4. I used larger stickers to create the start and end points for the straight lines.
and added an idea or two of my own....
5. I put it on a fairly light colored construction paper so bright white or some other bright color would not cause Jack to turn away from it.
6. I put the "worksheet" on Jack's textured clipboard. Back when Jack was still receiving therapy through our local school system, his vision teacher gave us some textured contact paper that we put on a clipboard creating a textured writing surface to give Jack some sensory feedback when writing/coloring/drawing.
7. I used a fat piece of sidewalk chalk as our writing utensil. We have recently been enjoying chalk drawing together and I was hoping that this activity could be an extension of that.
We traced his sticker dot to sticker dot name hand over hand then we did the first sticker to sticker straight line hand over hand. The other two he did readily without any assistance at all. The entire thing took just a couple of minutes. He did not fuss one little bit and seemed pretty proud of himself when he was all done.
Next up, I had a "how-to" idea of my own. I have been trying to find something to put on Jack's jacket zipper pulls to make them easier for him to hold onto while learn to zip and unzip.
I saw this cute little charm on clearance for $2.
Most jacket zipper pulls have some kind of hole on them somewhere.
I attached the charm to the hole in the zipper pull.
He's still getting the hang of it but at least now hanging on to the zipper is not the problem.
Finally, I leave you with a picture of our favorite kind of "sensory" activity.....