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Thursday, December 13, 2018

45 Ways to Play During Winter Break

45 Ways to Play During Winter Break // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // Keeping Kids Busy During Christmas // Slime Recipes // Play Dough // Sensory Bins // Handwriting Practice // Snow Play // Pinterest

It's only a few more weeks until Christmas!  Even if you don't celebrate that particular day, many schools and homeschool groups have a Winter Break around New Year's Day.  If you're anything like me, you're probably stuck at home with stir-crazy kids.  There's not enough snow to motivate them to go outside and they're just SO excited about presents that they can hardly contain themselves.  I'm finding myself on Pinterest searching for things to do with the kids and ways to keep them busy.  When I called on my friends at the Kid Blogger Network, I ended up with this awesome list!



Christmas Slime // 45 Ways to Play During Winter Break // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // Keeping Kids Busy During Christmas // Slime Recipes // Play Dough // Sensory Bins // Handwriting Practice // Snow Play










Slime Shopping Guide




Christmas Sensory Bins // 45 Ways to Play During Winter Break // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // Keeping Kids Busy During Christmas // Slime Recipes // Play Dough // Sensory Bins // Handwriting Practice // Snow Play










Sensory Bin Toys




Christmas Themed Writing Fun // 45 Ways to Play During Winter Break // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // Keeping Kids Busy During Christmas // Slime Recipes // Play Dough // Sensory Bins // Handwriting Practice // Snow Play










Trays for Writing Practice




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Play Dough Tools



45 Ways to Play During Winter Break // Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids // Keeping Kids Busy During Christmas // Slime Recipes // Play Dough // Sensory Bins // Handwriting Practice // Snow Play










More Snow Toys




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Monday, December 10, 2018

Spelling Printables and More






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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Ways to Teach Kids Writing Skills








Monday, November 26, 2018

Stocking Stuffers for Kids who Like to Chew

Stocking Stuffers for Kids who Like to Put Things in their Mouths // In Our Pond // autism // sensory processing disorder // oral sensory needs

*This is a sponsored post.  I was given free product in exchange for my honest opinion.  Ark Therapeutic also provided a free necklace for a giveaway to help me promote my blog.  The gift guide is my Christmas bonus to them.  All pictures come from the Ark Therapeutic website and belong to them*

Skimmer (age 6) loves to put things in his mouth!  He chews plastic and metal, rips things with his teeth, and gnaws his fingers.  He has many other sensory needs, but the oral sensory seeking can be the hardest to meet.  We have found that certain crunchy or flavorful foods are helpful, but there are often times (like in church) when eating noisy foods is not polite.  Enter- the silicone chew or chewelry.

Chewelry is kid-safe jewelry made out of food-grade silicone, which is meant to be chewed.  It's designed to meet the oral sensory needs in a safe way!  It comes in necklaces, bracelets, hand-held objects, pencil toppers, and more.  Some chews are shaped to meet different types of chewing needs, whether front teeth biting or back teeth gnawing.  They also come in several types of hardness for chewers from toddler to adult.

A blogging friend tuned me onto Ark Therapeutic early this past year.  i fell in love with the company as soon as I went on their website.  They're a family-owned company in the USA, who manufacture all of their own chewies locally.  A speech-language pathologist and an engineer got together to build the tools that occupational therapists (and all similar fields) and parents need for their special needs kids (or themselves).  All the products put out by Ark Therapeutic are medical grade, USA-manufactured, FDA compliant, and free from all sorts of bad stuff (BPA, PVC, lead, phthalates, and latex).  I feel great buying from this company and recommending it to everyone I know.

As I mentioned in the disclosure, Ark Therapeutic sent me free products to test out with my kids in exchange for this blog post.  Everything they sent to us, all my kids loved and used.  Even as I was putting together this blog post, they were giving me their wish list.  We have chewelry in the house, in the car, during homeschooling, and in my purse.  When I see my son start to get anxious, chew his fingers, or gnaw on toys, I pass him a chew.  The chewelry is much better for his teeth than anything else he could bite.

Ark Therapeutic also gave me one free chewelry necklace to giveaway to my readers  (scroll down to enter)  Since we're getting into Christmas time, I talked to the company about putting together a gift guide for them.  Chewelry makes great stocking stuffers and are fun enough to be exciting for kids to get as gifts.  Here are some of my family's favorite chews.  Which one is your favorite?


Stocking Stuffers for Girls who Like to Chew // In Our Pond // autism // sensory processing disorder // oral sensory needs

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Krypto-Bites- These long ones are good for people who like to chew with their back teeth.  I've also noticed that my kids suck on them a bit.

Smilie Face- It's not that emojis are particularly feminine, but I decided to include them in this list just for fun.  The round shape fills up the mouth and allows for chewing with a variety of teeth.

Pizza Slices- I love that you could put these slices together to make a whole pizza.  The shape reminds me of sleepovers and parties.  Great for a group of friends.

Diamond Necklace- Perfect for front teeth chewers, this diamond shape feels like princess jewelry while meeting a real oral need.

Best Friends Hearts- Designed with friends in mind, these front chewers are fun and functional.

Heart Chew- These hand-held chewers are adorable and perfect for the little darling in your life.  Great baby gift too!

Sidekick Chew- This big chew is about the size of an adult hand, making it a great choice for younger kids.  It's shape is really fun and has lots of places to hold onto it, too.

Fairy Princess Wands- I love that this super girly chew can be used for both front and back teeth chewers, making it a great option for a first chew.

Brick Pencil Toppers- Does your kid chew the top of their pencil at school or during homework time?  Do you?  This is the chew you need

Brick Fidget Spinners- How awesome is this combination between a chew and a fidget spinner!  I love it, and I know my son would as well.

Guitar Chew- This chew is specifically for babies to help them with their teething.  Of course, any music lover would benefit from this adorable chew.



Stocking Stuffers for Boys who Like to Put Things in their Mouths // In Our Pond // autism // sensory processing disorder // oral sensory needs

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Brick Stick- My kids love playing with Lego and think these brick sticks are amazing.  They're thin enough to be used as a back and front chewers.  The bumps are very nice to run across your fingers or other body parts if tactile input is what you seek.

Bite Sabers- Fans of Star Wars will love these fun "light saber" chews.  Great for kids who love to gnaw with their molars.

Dino Bite- This meaty dinosaur chew is perfect for kids who love fossils or even as a special souvenir for a trip to the museum.

Saber Tooth- The curve of this chew is great for lining up along your teeth.  On most kids, it reaches from the front to the back to give a lot of sensory input.  Plus, it looks cool.

Super Star- The star on these dog tags reminds me of Captain America.  If you have a kid who loves super heroes and bites with his front teeth, this is the chew for you!

Spider Bite- Another super hero themed chew, this one is good for Spiderman fans (like Tadpole- age 5).  The round shape fits the mouth well and touches many front teeth.

Ninja Star- This round shape has holes in it, which is great for kids who like to poke their fingers through things.  The non-solid shape would also be good for tongue poking.

Dino Tracks- This chew is good for dinosaur fans and front teeth chewers.

Bite Saber Pencil Toppers- Gear up a for a light saber battle and meet a sensory need to chew with these fun pencil toppers.

Magic Wand- This Harry Potter style wand is great for a back teeth chewer.

Original Grabber- With a special loop for gripping, this chew

Mega Brick Stick- This 6" Lego brick is great for babies and older chewers.


Overwhelmed by all the options?  Ark Therapeutic has awesome customer service!  Contact them on their website for individual help to meet your child's needs.  The company is family owned and family oriented, and I know they'll serve your family well.


Giveaway!
Ark Therapeutic has graciously given me one chew necklace to giveaway to my readers!  And the best part is that you, the reader, get to pick out whichever one you want!  Gift has not cash equivalent and the giveaway is only open to residents of the USA.  Prize will be mailed from Ark Therapeutic.

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These Water Bottles are also Great for Kids who Chew

Monday, November 19, 2018

DIY Miniature Nutcracker Dance Studio

Nutcracker Dance Studio Doll Room for Elves and Barbies // Free printables // In Our Pond

I've had this dance studio in process since last Christmas!  I did the printables for it last January, and just now got around to putting it all together.  I built this to use as a background for our Elf on the Shelf, JOY, when she teaches us about the Nutcracker like she did last year.  With the new Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie out in theaters now, this is a great year to introduce your kids to the classic ballet.

To allow the ballet studio to be easy to store, I used a Small Tri-Fold Presentation Board, which stands 14" tall and is 24" wide.  It's a great size for fashion dolls and elves.  First, I used plain computer paper and a glue stick to cover the edges of the board.  It creates a nice edge and gets you used to cutting and gluing on the cardboard.


Nutcracker Dance Studio printables for an Elf doll room // In Our Pond


Next, I used the wallpaper printable that I made to cover the inside of the board.  It took a bit of creativity to make the patterns match up, but it wasn't too hard.  If you had another scene on the inside of the tri-fold board, you could put just one wallpaper print on back of the board.  You could also add the wallpaper to both sides to make more than one room.  I made the printable 8.5x14" (legal size) so the pages should fit well on the tri-fold board.

Then, it's time to decorate!  I've included several fun signs that you can attach to the walls or make freestanding.  I intend to add a fake mirror with scrapbook paper after a trip to the craft store.  Since I want the board to store flat, I decided not to attach anything bulky to the walls like a practice bar.  If you decide to make a free-standing bar or turn this into a box room, check out the ballet studio by My Froggy Stuff for an awesome tutorial.


Easy doll or elf costume for the Nutcracker // In Our Ppnd

You can make a simple ballet costume for your doll by adding strips of pink tulle to an elastic hair band.  For our JOY elf in the picture above, I also added a bit of lace to her crown for a Sugar Plum Fairy look.



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