Thursday, March 29, 2012

Springtime activities

Hooray! Spring is here!

Now for another round of inspiration.

Fingerprint rain - Here is a little gem from All Kids Network. Your students could cut, color (with or without a stencil), or paint an umbrella. Pinch apart cotton balls for clouds. And, then make rain with fingerprints. Fun! They have an umbrella template available as well.

Tissue paper daffodil - There must be hundreds of ways to make flowers. I like a version of this daffodil, from Busy Bee Kids Crafts. Up the therapeutic value by replacing the center with small pieces of tissue, twisted on the end of an unsharpened pencil and dipped in glue. If you have time, let your student cut or tear the tissue into small squares first.
*note - after posting this, I tried it as a group activity and the step of twisting paper on the end of a pencil was very hard for the students. It required quite a bit of assistance to teach the novel task.

Paper birds - There are also many different birds that could be made. Here is another treat from All Kids. I have also seen this done with a paper plate instead of construction paper; and a yellow chick with feathers instead of a robin.

Little Lamb - I have already been making a lamb with paper reinforcer rings from the dollar store. I like this paper plate lamb from Holiday Kids Crafts. So many ways to grade this activity.

Spring Card - Spring is a good time to make cards just because. Here is an adorable bird card made from muffin liners via Inner Child Fun. Reminds me of this Ed Emberly craft book I need to start using more.

Al-righty. I guess there are more than enough ideas here to last me to Spring Break. One more week! Hope you all are well!

Friday, February 24, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Activity Ideas

Hooray! Another holiday is around the corner to inspire my therapy sessions. Here are a few ideas from the internet.

Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt - I love to have a scavenger hunt whenever time allows. There are so many ways to adjust this activity to meet your treatment goals. This site is great - The Crafting Chicks. They have a cute idea of making little leprechaun footprints to follow.

Coffee Filter Shamrock - Cut out a shamrock shape. Have the student use an eye dropper to mix blue and yellow colored water to make a beautiful green shamrock.

Thumbprint four leaf clover - Think Ed Emberley. Easy as it sounds.

Great tactile activity - Handprint Leprechaun

Shamrock template - Here is a pdf of a shamrock shape.

Bell Pepper Shamrocks - Slice a bell pepper and use it as stamp.

Paper Plate Leprechaun - This is great for practicing snipping around the edge of the plate.

Alright, there should be enough ideas here to get you started. Let me know if you have any favorite St. Patty's activities. Thanks for stopping by.

Healthy Teeth and Autism

I was flipping through the most recent OT Practice this evening (I know, it's a Friday night, kinda lame) and found a great resource to share with all of you.

Healthy Smiles for Autism is a free online resource to support families establish a oral hygiene routine.

Find it here.

It is a very thorough guide, 36 pages in all, most of which is printable pictures to support oral hygiene routines - as well as what to expect at the dentist's office.

Check it out when you have time or pass it on.