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Handwriting Camp: Sensory Walk

22 Aug

This week, a coworker and I have led the very first Handwriting Camp in Abilene! We have 10 campers and numerous volunteers helping us with our camp! It has been so fun to see the kids learn the letters and have fun doing it! For one of our activities, we did a sensory walk! first the kids walked on bubble wrap, then stepped into a bucket of paint, from the paint they stepped onto butcher paper, after walking a few steps, they stepped into water and then onto towels. Here are a few pictures from our sensory walk:

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Everyone participated and had a blast! One of our campers who has difficulty touching various wet and slimy textures stated, “I love this!” What a great thing to hear at handwriting camp!

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Stacking and Balancing

6 Feb

Hi there everyone! I did this little game with a few of my kids I see in the school and they loved it, so I thought I’d share! I placed the blocks on the beam, and coordinating color cup on the left side of the beam on the floor, facilitating crossing midline. I had the kids walk across, first placing the block on top of the cup, then walk back, moving the block back to the beam. Lots of fun ways to grade and modify this activity! You can use a pedestal beam, or strip of tape; you can choose not to use the grabbers; use more blocks to build a higher tower; mix up the colors to have the child walk forwards/backwards/sideways, the list goes on and on! You can even use the numbers on the top of each block for part of the task. Dice blocks, grabber, and cups (bear counter cups) came from Mardel! Enjoy!

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Toy Tuesday: Y-Volution YFliker

13 Nov

Hi there! Happy Tuesday! 🙂 For this week, I decided to google “Top toys for 2012” in an attempt to see what toys are going to be popular for Christmas. Out of this list, my goal was to find at least 1 toy that could be used therapeutically (other than some form of an electronic tablet!) I stumbled across Toys-R-Us (too bad I can’t reverse the “R” 😉 Fabulous 15 2012 Holiday Hot Toy List with the 15 Hottest Toys for Christmas. I was shocked at some of the toys on the list, and not at all surprised by others.

Shocking: Furby…seriously?!?!?!?! A Furby??!?!?! Those things were popular when I was little! Well I guess they’re back, and better than ever. Here is the description of what the Furby does these days: “Talk to it, tickle it, play music for it, even feed it! But keep in mind – your Furby will develop its own personality based on how you treat it. Because Furby speaks both English and Furbish, a FREE downloadable App is available that will help you translate Furbish! This App is optional and works with iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone with iOS 4.2 or later.” Furby now has his own App! Furby is ready for the 21st century. Let’s see how popular they become…

The other items did not surprise me at all: various dolls, Jake and the Neverlands Pirate toy, girly Designer Studio, LeapPad, remote control car, LEGO: Ninjago, Skylanders, Wii U, and a Tabeo tablet.

So which toy to feature?? The Y-Volution YFliker FI Scooter won the prize! It’s kind of like a roller racer, but standing not sitting. It’s awesome. I totally want to try one myself.

Click here to watch a video advertisement: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/yvolution-brings-number-one-selling-y-fliker-scooters-and-popular-european-designed-y-glider-preschool-scooters-from-the-uk-to-america-169970796.html

The YFliker Scooter is a self-propelling ‘lean to steer’ scooter that improves weight shifting, trunk disassociation, bilateral coordination, balance, motor planning, strength, and offers vestibular input. It would be appropriate for many ages! It’s slightly pricey at $79, but it gets kids up, outside, moving, interacting with peers or family members! I love that this is on the top toys of 2012 list. Don’t get me wrong, every toy on this list has a time and a place, but I just can’t pass by the one toy that requires movement!

What toy would you feature, and why?

Comes in pink too!

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