Marshmallow Playdough

This is a great sensory play activity for small children that may be tempted to put it in their mouth. It can be used for up to 3 days.

Ingredients:

6 large marshmallows

3 tbsp of corn starch

2 tsp coconut oil

Food colouring

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat until the marshmallows expand (about 30 seconds). Mix with a spoon and begin kneading the dough together with your hands.

Sensory Toys: Non Toxic Slime

A lot of ASD kids are orally fixated and tend to chew on things.  Most slime recipes contain some dangerous chemicals.  This is not supposed to be eaten, but it’s non toxic so it’s safe for babies and lickers.

Ingredients:

1 cup water Glitter Food colouring 1 1/2 spoons Metamucil* *

Directions:

Mix water, Metamucil and a couple of drops of food colouring in a bowl and  microwave for 3 minutes.  Stir and return to the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Each time you do this it should become gloopier and thicker. Now add your glitter and stir. Once the mixture has cooled down you can knead it like bread dough to mix in the sparkles.

Moon Sand

Ingredients:

 

8 cups plain flour

1 cup oil (baby oil/cooking oil etc.)

 

Directions:

This is super easy to prepare.  Just mix the 2 ingredients together and that’s it!  This is so much easier to clean up than ordinary sand, but holds its shape just as well.

Passive Aggressive Christmas Gifts

I love the holidays,  but I hate feeling like I have to buy gifts for everyone who comes in contact with my child.  Don’t get me wrong —- I appreciate  (most) of his teachers, but Christmas is for children so I doubt they really need another apple shaped paperweight.   I do crochet things for those who I know well enough to know what they like, but a few people are added to the shopping list because I feel like I have to get something.   Here are a few suggestions for gifts that are just ambiguous enough to make them wonder,  “if it’s the thought that counts,  what were you thinking?”

 

For the person who thinks they deserve a Major Award, but you know better:

 

 

Major award

I wish that I could post a pattern, but it was really just trial and error.  This was crocheted, but I’m sure you can knit or sew one as well.

 

For the person who thinks they’re #1, but you know they are more like a big #2:

 

 

These are more cute than gross and taste great!

 

For those who think they have been nice, but you know they are on the naughty list:

DIY Charcoal Bath Bombs

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup citric acid
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Epsom salts
  • 1 tablespoon activated charcoal
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon of black gel food coloring

In a bowl, combine your dry ingredients with a whisk.  Pour the vegetable oil, water, and 1/2 teaspoon of the food coloring into a spray bottle and mix well.  Here’s the tricky part–  spritz your dry ingredients with as little liquid as possible, mixing with the whisk until the mixture comes together.  Too much water will make it fizz too soon, leaving you with a useless mess.  Pack your mixture tightly into a bath bomb mold or just squish into a lump for a more realistic apprearance. Remove your finished bomb from its mold and allow to dry overnight.

For someone who doesn’t deserve a gross tub, but still deserves coal:

 

 

I couldn’t try them, because of the gluten. (Plus, I’m far too nauseated these days)   However,  N and my darling husband loved them.

 

For the guy who thinks he’s the messiah, but you just think he stinks:

 

Three Kings Soap:

Melt and pour soap

Frankincense essential oil

Myrrh essential oil

Gold cosmetic grade glitter

 

Directions:

Simply melt down the soap, add fragrance and glitter, then pour into molds.  Of course you can make soap the old fashioned way,  but I am not coordinated enough to play around with lye.

 

 

 

 

Christmas on Wheels

I think I should start off by explaining that although we are a Christian family, we are not allowed to celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday.  We don’t have midnight mass or nativity scenes, but we do like the love and charity of the holiday spirit.   There are a few challenges presented by my health, but we still manage to have lots of fun.  Below are some tips that I have found to make the season a little easier.

 

Just Say No:

It goes against everything that you hear, but if you don’t have the time or energy to do something,  then say so.  Between friends’ parties, kids activities,  family gatherings,  and work celebrations,  it can get really hectic.  It’s no wonder that people are so stressed out this time of year.  That kind of stress is harmful to anyone, but especially those of us in poor health.  It’s just not worth it and your real friends should understand.

 

Save a Little Dough with a Little Dough:

Being ill is very expensive so most of us don’t have a ton of money to spend on gifts.  I decided to just make cookies or other homemade treats for most of the adults on our list.  A great way to save time and money is to make one base dough and then use add ins to flavor each batch differently.   I will be sharing the recipe in an upcoming post.  If you can buy the ingredients at a warehouse store like Costco then you could make these for pennies.

 

Release Your Inner Martha Stewart:

Cookies might not work for everyone since some people have special diets or food allergies.   Try making some of your presents.  There are plenty of tutorials on easy projects to make on a small budget.  You can even convince the kids to make a few, Tom Sawyer style.  Here are a couple of videos to get you started.

 

 

Find Out Ahead of Time If a Venue is Accessible:

I have gone places that I assumed were wheelchair friendly only to find a makeshift ramp/deathtrap or worse, a burly dude who offered to drag my wheelchair up the stairs with me in it.  Some people feel okay with it, but I am just too paranoid about falling.  It may seem a little embarrassing to ask detailed questions, but it is better than being turned away at the door.  It’s not just ramps that you need to worry about.   Doorways can be too small for a standard size wheelchair so take measurements and call to see if it will fit.  If you are hosting a party and plan to have guests, you can usually rent temporary ramps from medical supply stores.

 

Cut Back on Decorating:

Trees can be beautiful,  but they are time consuming.  A freshly cut one is expensive and messy, plus it takes up so much room.  You could hang a few of your favorite ornaments around the house and drape the garland around the doorway.   If you can’t do without a tree, try a tabletop one and you can even recreate the scent with a few drops of pine essential oil.

 

Be Frugal,  But Charitable:

I’m one of those people who doesn’t want gifts.  It’s not that I don’t appreciate the thought.  I just feel like it’s a children’s holiday and I don’t want someone to spend money on little old me.  For those who insist,  I ask for them to make donations to my favorite charity.  It’s a special needs child/adult daycare and their clients are always in need.  We like to donate money as well as hand out cookies and things I crocheted throughout the year.   It really gets us in the Christmas spirit to see how happy it makes everyone.  The next time you struggle to find something for the person who has everything,  this might be the perfect solution.

 

A Feast Fit for a King…But Not for a Celiac:

Parties are full of food which can be disappointing for someone with dietary restrictions.   If you are limited on what you can eat, don’t assume that there will be something available.   Even well meaning hosts may think a dish is safe, but youh might need to worry about cross contamination.  I simply pack my own snack.  It might look weird, but at least I won’t get sick.