One of the very few Scandinavian traditions which I like to keep alive to some extent after our move from Sweden to the UK (almost two years ago now) is the yearly ‘Lucia’ celebrations on 13 December, also known as ‘St Lucy’s Day’. WHAT IS IT? In short, celebrating Lucia consists of watching or participating … More Celebrating ‘Lucia’: A Scandinavian Tradition
If you’ve read our previous post about our visit to Wingham Wildlife Park, you’ll already know that we’ve got a bit of a flamingo thing going on here, as part of our ‘A to Z of animals’ study unit. After seeing those beautiful pink birds in real life at Wingham, I though it could be … More Making it together: Flamingo Craft!
I can hardly believe it’s already been over a month since we got the keys to our new home. And at the same time, our life in the caravan feels strangely distant already, as we’ve settled in well here, and this little house now feels very much like Home. Penguin seems happy with the place … More Settling into Our New Home
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 I was publishing my previous post the other day, on nature as ‘sensory room’, I realised that a large part of my examples of sensory rich nature experiences were from the seaside. Not so surprising perhaps. Just to stand on a beach, looking out across the eternity of glimmering water, hearing the rythmical swooshing … More “Beside the side of the silvery sea…”
When Penguin was younger, we sometimes visited a place that had a ‘Sensory Room’, also known as ‘Snoezelen’. In hindsight, we could have got so much more out of those visits if we’d been guided by an occupational therapist on how to make the most of it all, but at the time I didn’t know … More On nature as ”Sensory Room”
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
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
After two days of playing with gingerbread playdough, it was time for the real thing: Making gingerbread! The dough needs to be made a day in advance (or very early in the morning), as it has to rest in the fridge for around 10-12 hours or more, or the consistency won’t be very good for … More Baking gingerbread