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!
For the 24th and final day in our Advent Calendar of Christmassy Activities I made a Gingerbread Man felt set for Penguin to play with. Or rather, for us both, to be honest 😊 I cut the shape of a gingerbread man out of brown felt, placed him on a green piece of felt as … More Gingerbread Man Felt Play
We are still loving the orange-coloured Christmas scented playdough we made earlier this month, but I thought it would be nice to add a few more scents and colours. So for day 20 of our advent activities we made three different ones: Gingerbread (brown), cinnamon (red) and mint (green). All recipes are included at the bottom … More Scented Playdough: Gingerbread, Cinnamon, and Mint!
Today’s advent activity was first making and then playing with this lovely lump of playdough! Penguin wasn’t involved hands-on in the making, but he kept checking on my progress throughout, and was very keen to get stuck in as soon as the dough came out of the saucepan. To give this playdough a scent of … More Christmas Scented Playdough
…You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man! This post is mainly about a little activity we did recently. My hubby had bought us a gingerbread man decorating kit from the supermarket, and it turned out to be a really great thing! Apart from it being good fun, it combined aspects of multi-sensory stimulation, fine … More Run, run, as fast as you can…