Hello lovely Snowdrops,
I hope you are keeping well and safe in these difficult times.
We miss you and wish to see you when things get better .
Meanwhile, here are some familiar activities to keep you busy and engaged.
Remember to always keep your bodies active
- Remember to follow your physio programmes; use your standing frame each day, wear your AFOs and hand splints.
- Work on your stretches each day to keep you moving and make sure you are getting your time to wriggle and move on the floor.
- Use your walker (if you have one) and go out for a short walks and enjoy the weather.
Children enjoy observing and exploring in sensory spaces or tunnels. These sensory spaces can be adapted to your home environment and will allow children to explore and play while developing their visual, cognition and physical skills. As well as this children will be purposefully engage for extended periods.
Light Box to help make your exploring experience fun
How to make a light box
Buy a clear tub with handle snap sides, the box shouldn't be too deep so the lights won't be too far down, but there will still be enough space to store some materials in side it.
Line the inside with tin foil, using tape to keep the light from escaping out the sides of the bin, also the foil will reflect the sensory light.
Add LED push lights approximately 3, add more lights if required, to get full coverage.
Line the lid with wax paper to make it translucent to help scatter the light.
Once the lights are on, this is what it should like
Here are some sensory resources you can buy for your children to explore using the light box or you can find sensory objects from around the house.
Explore and feel different textures
Sensory cards are a fun way for your child to explore so many new textures and objects. You can put many different textures on the cardboard cards for them to touch and feel.
The great thing about sensory cards is that they will keep your child engaged and busy for a while!
Creating sensory cards also helps to ensure that the items stay in place, limiting the risk of your child sticking things in their mouth. However, you still want to maintain close supervision if there are textures or materials that could be a choking hazard.
Search your home for different textures, find as many as you can, for example;
Smooth, Shiny, rough, Bumpy, Patterned etc.
Stick each texture you have found to a cardboard card which you can find in any of the boxed packaging from your shopping.
Once dried, you can allow your child to explore different textures and help him/ her to develop their sensory touch.
You can encourage other children or family members to join and develop this to a matching game or a choosing game which you child would be able to join in with some independence.
If you like this activity and your child has benefited from exploring it, why not develop it to these activities.
Again this is just an example, you can add any different textures you have at home but this time instead of sticking them to individual cardboard card, you can stick them to medium flat board and adjust it to you child reach limits. This way they can explore independently with your verbal guidance only.
Ready, Steady, Cook
Here are refreshing treats to enjoy now that warm weather has arrived, please explore these sensory experience with your families and enjoy tasting these amazing desserts.
Usually in Snowdrop Class we have a routine which we follow when we are getting ready for cooking.
- First, wash the work space; trays if using a standing frame or a table if sitting in a chair.
(we always sing this song; This is the way we clean the table/ tray, clean the table/ tray, clean the table/ tray, this is the way we clean.table/ tray on Monday morning (you can adapt the song to different days of the week or morning or afternoon).
- Second, put on an apron (sing the same song as above when putting an apron on; this is the way we put on an apron...........)
- Finally, wash your hands (sing the same song as above when washing hands; this is the way we wash our hands...........)
When ready, please choose your preferred treat and explore it with your family (please do as little or as much as you can. Do not feel that you have to explore all treats).
Banana and yogurt frozen bites
1 Banana, large ripe
1 Handful Banana chips, dried
150 g Yogurt
Skills: cut/ mash banana, pour yogurt, mix and put in cases/moulds, decorate and put in the freezer until frozen.
Frozen Fruit lemonade and Fruit Popsicles
Raspberry frozen lemonade
2 Lemons, Juice of
2 cup Raspberries, fresh frozen
1/2 cup Sugar
1 1/2 cup Mango, fresh/ frozen depending on what is available.
1 1/2 cup Pineapple, fresh/ frozen depending on what is available.
Skills: cut/ mash fruits, add ice, crush/ smooth using the blender, pour into lolly moulds if making ice lollies and put in the freezer until frozen. If making frozen lemonade pour into juice cups and enjoy!
4 vanilla pudding cups
4 chocolate pudding cups
1 cup whipping cream
225 grams oreo biscuit
8 mini oreos
9 regular-sized oreos, filling removed and finely crushed
8 popsicle sticks
Skills: break biscuits , add mixtures, squeeze cream, mix all ingredients and pour into lolly moulds and put in the freezer until frozen.
Remember to encourage children to explore (smell, taste and feel) all ingredients separately(be aware of allergies),observe likes and dislikes, encourage interactions, choice making and independence throughout the activity.
Please share stories with your children, they love listening and engaging with familiar stories. The focus stories for this term are:
The Snail and the whale by Julia Donaldson
The little red train
New link from one of LZW school Teachers.
Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers by Mairi Hedderwick
Out and About
Go out and enjoy the outdoors (one walk a day) - feel the wind and the sun on your face, listen to the birds, smell the natural scents from flowers and other natural resources. (If going to an open space make sure you stick to the social distancing guidelines).
Collect leaves, sticks and flowers; make a collage using resources that you have collected.
Hand and feet massage
Using household oil, experience a hand or feet massage. While having a massage, listen to some calming music from YouTube.
Here is an example:
Songs for All
Singing Hands (the Makaton singers) have lots of songs to sing and sign to and are running some sessions on Facebook and YouTube from Monday 30th March at 10.30.
Here is a link
To help you with your vision, our friend Kate from the Visual Impairment team, has given us some apps you might be able to try. Here are the links and what they are for:
If you need to contact us please send us an e-mail using the E-mail address below.
See you soon .