Easter Egg Water Play

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Spring is finally starting to show up around here. We celebrated a nice sunny day by going outside and engaging in some water play!

Since Easter is tomorrow we played with plastic Easter eggs. I filled two bins up with water and colored one yellow and one blue. Then I added in plastic eggs and various scoopers, spoons, and tongs so we could work on some fine motor skills too. I also ended up adding in some ice cubes. Trevor thought that was great! We opened the eggs, put the ice cubes inside, then closed them back up. The ice makes a great sound when you shake the eggs! We pretended the noise they made was a chick hatching and cracked the eggs back open to see the ice cubes “hatch”. It was a great way to spend a sunny Spring morning!

 

 

I’m Doing It!

Three of the best words you could hear coming from the mouth of your motor-delayed child at the park: “I’m doing it!”

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Yes son, you are doing it. And you are amazing! Mommy is so proud of how much you’ve accomplished.

Easter Dough

I always love trying out new playdough recipes with my little sensory guy. I saw this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and thought it looked interesting. But given the fact that his oral sensory seeking has suddenly become out of control again (today he licked the stairs, yuck!), the last thing I wanted him to play with was something non-edible but called the name of a food. So with Easter approaching I mixed it up and we had fun with Easter Egg Dough instead!
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All you need is cornstarch and cheap hair conditioner. Mix it up in a 2 parts cornstarch to one part conditioner ratio and you have a sweet smelling, pastel-colored dough that is perfect for spring! It is a great new texture to explore.

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Trevor had a great time with this new dough recipe, and baby sis enjoyed watching him play too:

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Those Sneaky Leprechauns!

This year we made a Leprechaun Trap for St. Patrick’s Day.  I had never heard of the idea until this year, when it seemed to be everywhere on Pinterest.  I love doing things to make the holidays fun for my kids, no matter how big or small, so this idea is perfect!

I covered an old shoebox in white paper, then cut strips of paper in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple for the lid of the box.  Then I had Trevor work on color matching and decorate the rainbow lid with pom poms and stickers (a great way to sneak in some fine motor and bilateral coordination work too…cause I’m tricky like that!)

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The night before St. Patrick’s Day I propped the lid open with a stick, adding a cup filled with gold coins inside to entice that leprechaun.  Trevor also set gold coins out around the outside of the trap too.

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Then on St. Patrick’s Day when he woke up he discovered that the leprechaun (whom he named “Larry” because of a book they read at preschool) caused all sorts of mischief!  I turned our dining table chairs upside down, put cars on the couch “watching” TV, put slippers on top of shelves, throw pillows on top of bookshelves, and more.  I also left a gold coin in each spot that Larry the Leprechaun caused mischief.  And of course in true Trevor fashion, since he notices the smallest details, he thought Larry caused even more mischief than I intended.  Anything that had been moved while he was in bed he thought the leprechaun did!

Inside the box I painted green footprints, left a note from the leprechaun, and also put in a little present for him.  He was bummed we didn’t catch that sneaky leprechaun, but of course he enjoyed getting a little gift.  And he was laughing about “Larry getting into mischief” all day yesterday!  Hmm…maybe Trevor is a leprechaun too?

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And even though she was super fussy, we couldn’t leave Miss Paige out of this St. Patrick’s Day post.  My little girl is getting so big!

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Sticky Tack and Sleepless Nights

It’s been a rough few days. I miss sleep. And my sanity.

Trevor ate sticky tack (the stuff you hang up posters with), dumped my water cup everywhere, dumped his milk cup multiple times, hit his sister, and then some. He has been mouthing objects again, touching EVERYTHING and covering his ears more frequently. I don’t know what sensory switch we hit, but I want it turned off! He has zero impulse control and is simultaneously seeking and avoiding like a madman.

Paige still sleeps like crap. Her little tummy is so sensitive. She is sensitive. It worries me that she may end up with SPD too. That thought terrifies me. I know I shouldn’t borrow worry from another day, but it’s hard not to.

Todd is working a new shift at work and it’s hard on the whole family. I know we’ll adjust, but right now…

Alright. Vent over. Time to lay the little girl down and hopefully get a little more rest! Fingers crossed. Here’s to today being better than yesterday!

A Day at the Beach

We went to the beach a couple weeks ago for the day and it was wonderful.  It is so amazing to see how far Trevor has come.  He was walking in the sand without any problem, bending down to pick up shells, and “writing” with sticks in the sand.  We found a nice quiet spot and it was so great just to see him play like a typical little kid at the beach.  His endurance still needs a lot of work, as he was completely worn out by the short time we were there.  As much as he wanted to play at the second beach we went to, he was just too tired to do it.  We enjoyed ice cream instead 😉

Paige did great on her first road trip.  She’s a good little traveler.  But she wasn’t too impressed by the windy beach.  I bounced and nursed her in her carrier and she calmed down though.  It will be fun to see both kids playing together on the beach soon!

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I also made a Beach Memory Jar out of the rocks, shells, and sticks that Trevor collected on the beach.  He loves to pick stuff up and carry it home when we play outside!  I filled the bottom of a mason jar with a little sand, crushed up some of the broken shells and layered them next, then stuck pieces of sticks and the longer clam shells in next.  After screwing the lid back on I tied a ribbon around the top with a tag that says “First Beach Trip as a Family of Four”.  I hope to have many more memory jars around our house in the years to come!

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Marble Monster Fine Motor Activity

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Since Trevor struggles with his fine motor skills I’ve really been trying to incorporate more fine motor activities into his playtime.  After watching the “Gulpy, Gulpy Gators” episode of Doc McStuffins, Trevor wanted to get his marbles out.  At first he played with the marbles on his Pool Noodle Marble Run, but that just wasn’t cutting it.  He wanted to feed his marbles to something just like on Doc!  So I grabbed the segment of pool noodle that was left over from creating the pool noodle marble run and turned it into a monster.  I cut teeth out of a white strip of cardstock and taped that around one end of the noodle.  (I also taped a piece of pink ribbon on the inside of the teeth for the tongue).  Then I hot glued some googly eyes to the pool noodle and used a Sharpie to draw on some eyebrows and a nose.

Trevor had a great time getting his monster to gulp up all of the marbles!  He was so excited about his gulpy monster that he had to show my niece when she came over the next day.  They played with it together and it turned out to be a great turn-taking activity.

Pool noodles are so versatile!  What fun activities have you done with a pool noodle?