Clean Mud

Playing in mud is a great sensory and tactile activity, but it can be very messy. This “clean mud” activity gives a similar sensation to regular mud, but you come away from the activity cleaner than when you started. You need a plastic tub or bucket with a couple of inches of water. You add a squirt of dish soap, and then start adding pieces of toilet paper. As you play in the water and toilet paper mixture, the paper {Read More}

A Cute Car Mat T-Shirt

I love having kids drive on roads on the ground to help them develop their sense of space and direction and to help with following lines, which is all a precursor for writing. I use road writing lines to help kids who love cars learn their letters, and have posted about car mats. These cute road t-shirts are awesome for working on all of these skills and then also incorporating some socializing and interaction between the driver and the wearer {Read More}

Sleep is So Important

Sleep is an incredibly important factor to healthy development, but a large number of kids do not get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation in children can result in hyperactivity, inattention, impulsivity, oppositional behavior, moodiness, irritability, and difficulty waking up in the morning. Below is a list of the amount of sleep that is recommended for each age. Amount of sleep needed by age Newborns (0 to 3 months): 14 to 17 hours of sleep Infants (4 to 11 months): 12 to {Read More}

Movement Break with a Bungee Chair

I have kids in higher grades like middle school and high school who are in need of some extreme movement, but a trampoline or ball is not the right tool for them, and does not work in their setting.  These Bungee Chairs give some good movement, and a student could still participate in class at the same time. Check out the video of some good movement happening.  I am going to try this with a couple of kids who have {Read More}

Make Your Own Squishy Ball

Have you made your own squishy stress ball?  You use a balloon (actually several) and fill them with different materials to squish and squeeze.  You can fill them with flour, play dough, beans, beads, rice, and many other materials.  They are great to use as fidgets, stress balls, or play a guessing game to figure out what is in the ball. Here is a great video that I found on YouTube which shows a great technique on how to fill {Read More}