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: Slime

This is a bouncier, fluffier form of slime. This doesn’t offer exact measurements since it will depend on the humidity and other factors.  You will know when it looks right.

Ingredients:

White Glue

A can of shaving cream

Contact lens saline solution

Food colour/glitter etc.

Directions:

1)Empty your glue into a large bowl. Add glitter or food dye and stir until combined.

2) Add in the shaving cream. It will start to get thick and puffy.

3) Slowly add in contact solution stirring each time.  Once the slime is no longer sticky or too runny, start kneading the slime until it becomes a smooth consistency.

Healthier Halloween Treats

Usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Halloween is candy.  Unfortunately,  a lot of people have a special diet or allergies and can’t eat a ton of candy.  And let’s be honest,  that much sugar isn’t really a great idea for anyone.

Here are a few non food alternatives:

  • Stickers
  • Bubbles
  • Tattoos
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Craft kits
  • Spider rings

All of these can be purchased at a party store or Amazon,  but I like the selection  (and low price) at Oriental Trading Company 

http://m.orientaltrading.com

Since I have a huge yarn addiction, I also crochet some non sense to throw in the treat bucket.

Pumpkin pin

This is little pin only takes a couple of minutes to make.  I have never actually written a pattern before so please bear with me.

Row 1 : with orange chain 4, dc 12 times in the first chain and join with a slip stitch to the first dc.  Fasten off

Row 2 : with green yarn, sc in the first 2 st, chain 1 and turn.

Row 3: sc in both sc and fasten off

Add a pin or clip to the back.

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This one takes a little longer, but it’s so stinking cute.

Round 1: with orange yarn chain 2, 6 sc in second chain, join to first chain

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc, join to first sc

Round 3: 2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next sc, repeat around and join to first sc

Round 4 – 10 : sc in each sc, join to first sc

Round 11: decrease sc in first sc, sc in next sc repeat around, join to first sc

Round 12: decrease sc around, join to first sc, fasten off leaving a 12 inch tail

Weave tail into last row and pull tight.  With a yarn needle, make big stitches starting at the top and ending at the bottom,  pull tight to create the sections. Repeat 6 times.  I’m not really explaining this very well.  Hopefully the pictures will give you a better idea of what I mean.

Stem:

Round 1: with green, chain 2, 6 sc in first chain, chain 1

Round 2 and 3: sc in each chain, fasten off and sew to the top of the pumpkin

 

Healthier Food Options

  • Zombie Boogers — Air popped popcorn with matcha
  • Oranges with jack o lantern faces drawn on the front
  • Homemade gummies sweetened with juice
  • Mozzarella sticks decorated like mummies
  • Jello packs can be decorated with construction paper and pipe cleaners to look like bats, witches,  pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, etc.
  • Juice boxes

The fun part of this is that your kids can help to prepare them.  It’s a fun activity that can pass the time until the trick or treating starts.   I know that a lot of people are afraid of going door to door to strangers houses.  However,  I think that having  neighborhood trick or treating is a great idea.   It gives you a chance to interact with your neighbors and bond with the kids.  I like that N knows everyone in our little subdivision because he refuses to talk to strangers.  If he was lost or needed help he would talk to one of them.  It also gives us the chance to explain what to expect from him.  The older generation didn’t really have a lot of contact with special needs children.   If they only saw him randomly crying at the grocery store because someone took all the blue carts, then they would label him as a brat.  Now that they know what autism really is, they understand what he is struggling with.  It’s nice to know that they are all looking out for him and actually get excited when he was able to hug them last year.

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes an informed village to raise a special needs child.

 

Hypermobility in Children

https://tranquilbabiesny.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/hypermobility-and-proprioception-why-loose-joints-create-sensory-processing-problems-for-children/

N has my genetic disorder, Marfan Syndrome with Hypermobility. That means that our joints are so loose that they bend in ways that they shouldn’t. For example, N’s knees bend backwards when he is standing. Unfortunately, my hypermobility has progressed to the point that I have several dislocations a day. I can reduce them on my own most of the time, but rarely I need a dr to do it. I am really trying to help him stay healthy for as long as possible.

Hypermobility is not uncommon in younger children even if they are healthy. This article may be helpful to see if your child is a little hypermoblie.

Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups

N loves fruit snacks, but I am a little worried about the weird ingredients in the store bought ones.  Thankfully these are easy to make and a good way to sneak in some veggies, too.

 

 

Ingredients :

 

3 T of carrot puree

Fresh lemon juice

1 pint fresh strawberries, diced

Honey (enough to sweeten)

 

Directions :

 

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees. Line a large size baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.  Blend the strawberries until smooth and add enough honey to sweeten and a splash of lemon juice. Pour the mix in a prepared pan and spread it out evenly into a thin layer. Bake for about 4 hours till the center is set. Allow it to cool before cutting.  Cut into strips or little bites and store in an airtight container.