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…
I think most of us can agree that music affects us. That it can change our mood, make us feel stronger, fill us with joy or sadness. Our hands and feet start tapping, and some of us end up doing a little dance at the bus stop. Music offers a way of communication which taps … More Sweet Music