I LOVE toddler art!!! It is so fun, so cute and completely CRAZY!!!! My son is going crazy over our Christmas Tree and is beyond proud of all his creations he has made to stick on the tree and around the whole house! I cannot wait to try every single one of these crafts on this list! Their fun and easy, cost near to nothing and perfect for your toddler (and older kids of course!) Everything on this list is easy and simple enough that a very young child can participate and be independent!
I LOVE sensory experiences! But quite honestly, sometimes I just do not want the mess of play dough or other fun sensory play ideas! So these Colored Noodles are an AWESOME activity for some fun sensory exploration! Let your child explore them with cups, measuring spoons, scoops and their hands! Not only are these colored noodles fun for sensory but they are GREAT for art!!! (And as always- they are SUPER easy to make!!!!)
What you will need:
2 Cups Macaroni or other fun shaped noodles
Autism comes with many unique and interesting aspects and behaviors. One of my family friends, whom I admire deeply, has a son with Autism. The family may not even know it, but they are a big reason as to why I chose to become a Special Educator. When I was really young they would allow me to come over and work with their son on development games, social play etc… It impacted me so greatly that I became very passionate about children and adults with Disabilities.
This dear friend of mine, Lisa, has a blog and a Facebook account in which she shares amazingly interesting facts and snipits on Autism. As well as sharing stories and experiences she and her family have had while raising a child with Autism. Go check her blog out at Mom of a child of Autism. Many of these interesting facts have been pulled from her personal page and I cannot wait to share them with you! (Her son is referred to as “B” in this post).
April is World Autism Awareness Month! For the rest of the month I will be sharing information, facts, and tips on Autism. I am so excited to be talking about Autism all month long! I have always had a passion for Autism and I have always been fascinated with Autism and the behaviors that it can sometimes come with. Autism is often misunderstood… So I’m hoping to get rid of a few of those misconceptions with a few of the most commonly asked questions on Autism.
What is Autism?
Autism is an umbrella term for a group of brain disorders. These disorders interfere with a child’s ability to communicate and interact normally with others (close family members included!) It is distinguished by a wide variation of social, communication and cyclical behaviors that are considered out of the norm for children. The signs if Autism can be very subtle or they can be very noticeable and severe. (See signs and symptoms) There is such a huge range of behaviors that may have different symptoms of autism that the exact term for the cluster of disorders is, Autism Spectrum Disorder. (ASD)
Now that it is officially SPRING TIME (hip hip hooray!!!!). It is time to bust out some fun spring time activities! We have all discovered by now that I LOVE sensory exploration. Well let’s add one more fun sensory exploration activity to the books. BUG SLIME! What is more fun than bug slime in the beginning of spring when there are tons of nasty, icky, bugs outside!? Nothing! (Ok, I hate bugs more than I hate stains….but this bug slime is seriously so fun!) It is SO simple to make and will last a long LONG time if stored in an air tight container. AND….It is absolutely PERFECT for party favors! (Read on for a fun party favor idea)