Spiders and Webs on the Light Table

This is a total Pinterest-inspired Halloween activity. I saw this idea of building spiderwebs on the light table from the blog “And Next Comes L”. It looked like a lot of fun, but I knew that Trevor would get frustrated trying to make webs out of yarn. Mr. Literal gets mad when things don’t look exactly the way they’re supposed to. So I took inspiration from another post on the same blog to make Trevor some spiderwebs for this activity. And all you need is a glue gun!

Using my glue gun I drew out four spiderwebs on top of some parchment paper. I also shook a little glitter on each before they hardened. They look great on the light table! Trevor had a blast with them. The spiders I used were glow-in-the-dark plastic spiders from the Dollar Tree. They also illuminate quite nicely on our light table.


We had so much doing this light table activity. The spiders reminded Trevor of the book “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle, so I grabbed that book off our bookshelf and read it to him. Them we acted out all of the scenes in the book on the light table!


Yogurt and Spice Sensory Play

So I’m obviously a bit obsessed with adding Pumpkin Pie Spice to our Fall activities this year. But how can I not be? It makes everything smell so good! I saw this idea of painting with spices and yogurt on Pinterest awhile back.

Since Paige seems to love sensory play, I thought it would be a fun activity to do with her while Trevor was off at preschool. I put a little plain yogurt on a tray and sprinkled some Pumpkin Pie Spice on top. Then I rounded up a few orange objects and added them to the tray for her to explore as well.


To say Paige had fun doing this would be an understatement. Either that girl is going to have zero sensory issues, unlike her big brother, or she’s going to be a sensory seeker. She LOVES getting messy!




I linked up with the Weekly Kids Co-Op this week. You should head on over and check it out for more fun ideas!


Homemade Playdough Pumpkins

Today I broke out the pumpkin pie spice yet again and made some homemade playdough. I love the simplicity of the recipe I found through Pinterest on the blog Messy Kids All you need is baking soda, cornstarch, and water! (Plus the pumpkin pie spice and food coloring if you want to add scent and color).

I halved the original recipe and it made more than enough Pumpkin playdough for Trevor:
πŸŽƒ 1 cup baking soda
πŸŽƒ 1/2 cup cornstarch
πŸŽƒ 3/4 cup water
πŸŽƒ Pumpkin Pie Spice
πŸŽƒ Red and Yellow food coloring (to make orange)

Mix together the baking soda, cornstarch, and pumpkin pie spice in a small saucepan. Mix together the water and food coloring in a bowl and then add to the dry ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until it forms a dough. Let the dough cool, knead it a little bit, and then it’s ready to play with!

I set up this Invitation to Play with playdough Jack-O-Lanterns by providing Trevor with a bunch of loose parts along with the dough. He had pipe cleaners, small foam leaves, googly eyes, plastic beads, marbles, and buttons to work with. I was surprised at how much fun he had making pumpkins! He played for over an hour, which is huge for him.


At first he just made faces on the pumpkins, but then he started burying all of the loose parts inside the playdough. So we ended up playing hide-and-seek with all of the objects which is an excellent way to work on hand strengthening and improve those fine motor skills (in addition to being tons of fun!).


Fall Sensory Bin With Pumpkin Pie Scented Rice


I think I’m in love. This sensory bin is awesome. It smells just like Fall when you’re playing in it. Oh yeah, and Trevor loves it too πŸ™‚ I’ve seen the idea of scenting sensory bins floating around Pinterest, but I finally got around to doing it this year. It is so easy to do too. I dyed the rice orange by adding in the usual food coloring and rubbing alcohol combo, but I also shook in a bunch of Pumpkin Pie Spice during the mixing process. The added sensory experience of smell is simply fabulous. It is extra calming for Trevor for sure. He is engaging with this bin so much more than usual. We’ve played with it every night this week! I will definitely be adding scents to more of our sensory play activities from now on.


Virtual Book Club: Garden Week

We had a great time participating in the Virtual Book Club again this week. Here are all of the Garden Week books we read and activities we did:

Monday: “Curious George Plants a Seed”

I filled a plastic tote with dirt and set out some shovels and play food for Trevor to bury. In the book George buries all sorts of things in the ground while learning about what does and does not grow, starting with the contents of the Man in the Yellow Hat’s kitchen. With the addition of water our activity quickly turned into a mud pie kitchen. It was a lot of fun.

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Tuesday: “Rock It, Sock It, Number Line”

I drew a number line from 1 to 10 on our driveway in sidewalk chalk. Then I put a different vegetables on each number and set a soup pot filled with water at the end of the line. I invited Trevor to walk the line, picking up a vegetable and then putting it in the pot. We made veggie soup just like in the book. Walking a line is a great gross motor activity, and a skill Trevor has been working on in PT.



Wednesday: “Jack and the Beanstalk”

At preschool this year Trevor grew a little bean plant. I had planted it in a planter for him and we used that bean stalk as the basis for some Jack and the Beanstalk small world play. I also included Jack, his mom, the cow, the old man, beans, the giant, the hen, a gold egg, and a harp, as well as a Mega Blocks house for Jack and his mom and castle for the giant. This was by far Trevor’s favorite activity. He had so much fun playing Jack and the Beanstalk!



Thursday: “Let’s Plant a Garden”

We kept our activity simple. I filled up all sorts of containers with water (from watering cans to squirt guns to bowls) and put them in the garden. We watered plants, but mostly watered ourselves, lol πŸ™‚




Friday: “Big Red Apple”

I drew an apple tree on some easel paper (with apples numbered 1 through 10). Then I cut an apple in half and set Trevor up with some red paint to do some apple printing. Although I thought it was a neat activity, Trevor was more interested in finishing painting as quickly as possible and sitting on the back step and eating an apple, lol πŸ™‚




We’re looking forward to next week: Water Play! Hope you join in the book club fun too.


Stars and Stripes Ice Play

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! Given Trevor’s sensory processing difficulties, we skip the fireworks. But I wanted him to have a fun way to celebrate with a holiday activity he’d enjoy. So since he loves ice play, I made him a Stars and Stripes ice sensory bin.


I had two ice cube trays that make long ice cubes (I think they’re designed to make ice cubes for narrow-necked water bottles). I froze red-tinted water in one tray and blue-tinted water in the other. I also had a star-shaped ice cube tray. To make the white stars I mixed up some oobleck (also known as goop) and froze that. Trevor normally isn’t a fan of oobleck but he loved the texture of it when it was frozen. He kept calling them “creamy stars”. It was a great red, white, and blue activity!


At night I set him up with a red, white and blue glow stick bath. Every year we go to a local flea market that is set up just for the 4th of July. We found a pack of red, white, and blue glow sticks there. He had such a great time in his “American bath” as he called it, lol.


Happy 4th of July from our family to yours!



Glow Stick Baths

This is such a fun sensory play idea! A friend of mine did a glow stick bath for her son and it looked like he had a blast. Β I knew Trevor would love it. Β All you do is activate a couple of glow sticks and toss them in the tub.


He asks for glow stick baths all of the time now. And it’s amazing how much better his communication skills become when we do multi-sensory play like this (tactile- water and visual- glow sticks).


We also had a “baby rave” as I called it the other day. I turned on some toddler tunes, the color-changing fiber optic light we have and gave Trevor some glow sticks and Paige a light-up baby toy. I also turned the bubble machine on. Trevor enjoyed it of course, but I was surprised how much Paige loved it too!


What fun ways do you play with glow sticks?

Painting With Water

This is another fun activity that encourages working on vertical surfaces. Working on vertical surfaces is a great way to build the muscles required for writing. Given Trevor’s fine motor delay I try and find ample opportunities for him to play on vertical surfaces.

All I you need is water, a paint tray, and a roller. Then let your little one go to town and paint the house! Trevor painted our garage as well as his playhouse (plus the ground, rocks, and himself, lol).



We also did this same paint with water activity a few weeks ago. That time we just used a bucket of water and some brushes and small foam rollers. He enjoyed painting our fence that time too.



Aluminum Foil River

We finally made an aluminum foil river today. I’d seen the idea floating around the blogosphere for awhile now, but had yet to attempt it myself. One of Trevor’s PT goals is to walk/run on uneven surfaces, so I thought this would be a great way to encourage that. He had to walk up and down a little grassy hill to play with the river. And of course, the boy loves water, so he had a fabulous time!


At first I just had out small boats that would fit in the river, but he wanted to bring all of his water toys out. So it was a good lesson in size comparison too. The toys that didn’t float down because they were too big, he ended up pulling them down the river himself. Other than wasting a lot of water, this activity was a great success πŸ™‚