Although it’s officially the beginning of autumn now (here in the Northern hemisphere) according to the calendar, I’m not ready for summer to end quite yet! Today is a beautiful, warm and sunny day, just like yesterday, and I’m sure there will still be a few more of these to come. So while the sun … More Frozen Flowers: An Early Learning STEAM & Sensory Activity
As you may already know, Penguin is very keen on Shaun the Sheep and Big Cook, Little Cook. Another favorite show since toddlerhood is Teletubbies, and one of the clips he enjoys the most at the moment shows a group of kids making bubble prints. Perhaps you’ve seen it, too? The action of blowing is … More Oral Motor Fun: Making Bubble Prints
In my previous post, about making our Real Lemon Playdough, I promised to follow up with a post on the Easter themed playdough mat that I made to go with that squeezy ball of sunshine. So here it is! I drew a simple picture with some daffodils, a couple of chicks, and a shiny sun, … More Happy Easter Playdough Mat
The other day we made this bright and wonderfully lemon scented playdough! As you might already know if you follow us, Penguin loves the taste of lemons, so I thought this should be a hit. Also, the scent of lemons is a great spirit lifter, and I think we can all do with one of … More Homemade Real Lemon Playdough – Instant Sunshine!
I actually didn’t think we’d be getting any snow this year, in our corner of the English South coast. We’d just about got to the end of February without more than one light dusting, but then we were hit! ‘The Beast from the East’ struck, with snowfall and cold temperatures, and to Penguin’s delight we … More The Snow is Melting… Let’s Make Our Own Snow (safe to eat & coconut scented)!
It’s sometimes said that autistic children don’t know how to play, or that they don’t like to play. However, play is such a wide concept, and in truth there are only some of the aspects of play which are commonly problematic for children with autism. What is Play? The definitions of ‘play’ are broad and … More Penguin Plays: Sensory Play with Gelli Play & Slime Play
Don’t you just LOVE maths? No? Well, I can’t say that we do either. Numeracy is something we tend to incorporate a little bit of here and there in other things that we do, but we rarely work on it separately. It’s not one of Penguin’s strong points and he’ll easily get frustrated with it, and … More For the L♥️VE of Maths?!
As today is National Handwriting Day, I thought it might be suitable to share a couple of the ways that we’re working on handwriting skills. Handwriting is not something that’s been easy for Penguin, and it still isn’t. He’s had to work quite hard on developing his fine motor skills, and there was also a … More Motivating handwriting exercises
As you might already know if you follow this blog, Penguin is pretty much non-verbal, or minimally verbal, or pre-verbal, depending on which term you prefer to use. He’s also got a very strong visual sense, which he relies on heavily, for learning, communication, and more. To play an activity of guessing smells, I couldn’t … More ‘Guess that smell’: Matching activity with visual supports
Penguin’s been enjoying the playdough mats I made for him recently (here), so the other day I decided it was time to make another one. I’d also been thinking of making some kind of simple phenology wheel, so I made this mat showing a tree, as a base for exploring the four seasons. Penguin generally … More The 4 seasons playdough mats – with free printables!