Archives for the month of: November, 2015

There’s probably not a child on this planet who can keep perfectly still — and the same can be said for many of us adults, too! But the challenge to keep your kids content and calm can be extra tricky if you are a special needs parent, which is why we stock a variety of fidget toys.

A fidget toy regulates a child’s relentless need to move around and handle objects. These handy self-regulation tools are super effective in keeping kids’ fingers busy and, as a result, promote focus and concentration, decrease stress, and increase tactile awareness of fingers and hands. By playing with a funny-looking rubber ball, a child’s energy is focused and their spirits are quietened, which is great for social situations like going to dinner or a wedding.

Whether you’re on road trip, sitting in a doctor’s office or cooking dinner, fidget toys can bring relaxation to both you and your child. We’ve pinpointed several toys that are perfect for kids who have trouble sitting still and remaining calm.

PS: These are perfect for throwing in his or her backpack before you head out the door!

1. The Woolly Worm

These eight-inch woolly worms are little rubber bundles of entertainment and sensory stimulation. With a flexible body that can stretch, bounce, and wiggle, a little one’s imagination could run wild for hours. Available in eight different colors.

2. Wood Fidget Puzzle

These twelve fun fidget blocks work together in thousands of ways. Twist and connect to your heart’s content with these half-inch blocks that connect via heavy-duty elastic string. Happy building!

3. IsoFlex 

An ideal toy for sensory stimulation and tactile input, the IsoFlex Stress Ball is filled with micro beads and can be used as a therapy ball, exerciser, or for loads of fidgeting fun. IsoFlex’s walls are double-lined with natural latex for extra durability and a unique, soothing feel. And since it can massage your palms and relieve stress, the IsoFlex is a great idea for adults and children alike!

4. Squigglets

These awesome, colorful bracelets double as sensory balls that can be flung, skaken, and worn, too. With a soft, squishy, and satisfying feel, squigglets can be adorned sometimes as anklets, too. The interesting texture of squigglets also provides sensory stimulation and tactile input for anyone with ASD or SPD. 

5. Tangle Jr (Textured)

Tangle Jr is another, fun fidget toy that provides a creative outlet for kids with its textured surface. Tangle Jr’s twistable body with endless possibilities makes this toy a fun one to explore. While it provides tactile sensory stimulation, it’s also a great way to de-stress. You can also connect several together to make a long Tangle snake.

6. Soft Star Chew

Moms, teachers, and therapists alike love letting the Soft Star Chew help soothe children’s anxiety while also keeping fidgeting fingers busy. This one’s made of terry cloth, providing natural comfort for your wee one’s mouth. The same company, Abilitations Chewlery, also makes a cute purple elephant version.

 What fidget toy will you be throwing in your child’s backpack come Monday? Drop by our Facebook page and share your story!

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Thanksgiving is coming up, and that means tons of extra time with your little ones. Even though holidays are a welcome treat, Thanksgiving can be stressful. Sometimes, it can be hard to balance your kids and kitchen duty, and there never seems to be enough time to get everything done! You can avoid a meltdown AND spend time with your kids by getting every, and I mean every, hand on deck.

Why not do some Thanksgiving crafts with your kids? It will not only give them something fun to do, but you can also kill two birds (pun intended) with one stone by giving them an activity that contributes to the feast. Who knows, maybe they’ll love it so much they’ll take off and do it on their own, leaving you to baste the turkey and bake all that delicious food.

For this constructive project, let’s get creative with the place settings for the big feast! You see, two birds: one stone. Have fun with your children on this one — it’s an activity suited for kids of all abilities.

Here’s what you’ll need for your DIY kids’ Thanksgiving crafts:

  • construction paper
  • poster paint
  • paintbrush or Q-tip
  • scissors
  • the great outdoors
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Your final product!

Steps:

1. Go Outside

That’s right. Throw on a sweater, get out of your kitchen, and enjoy the beauty in your back yard or go for a walk around the neighborhood. The purpose of this little adventure is to not only have a peaceful start to the big weekend, but to collect some interesting leaves with the kids. Take a moment to relax by spending a few minutes with the family and collect leaves in various shapes. Since these will be used for place cards, the leaves can be small.

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2. Cut Up

Put on some festive music and get ready to get crafty. Gather the construction paper, and let the kids choose their favorite colors — be it the traditional orange and yellow palette or a fun one all their own — purple and all.

Now, take the scissors and cut the paper vertically down the middle.

Then, fold each piece in half, and cut along the fold.

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Fold each piece down one more time to get the final shape of your placecard. Do several of them so you have a collection of plain placecards like this: 

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3. Get Colorful

Grab your paint now, because it’s time to get colorful. 

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Using a paint brush, Q-tip, or foam brush, paint one side of a leaf and press painted-side down onto the bottom half of a placecard. Press down on all sides.

Carefully remove. If it’s not a complete shape, dab some paint back the leaf and try again, remembering to press down. 

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4. Final Touch

Once your placecard has dried — it won’t take long! — use a marker or  paintbrush to add a wee stem to the top of the leaf. You can also add a name to the front of the card now, or feel free to wait until the stem dries and add a name to the inside.

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You can also use this project to make cute notecards for thank-you notes or Christmas cards. This size would make a perfect gift card, so if you plan to spend a day getting the home ready for the holidays, why not let the little ones pick up on this craft again to create amazing little tags for your pretty presents?

Do you have a crafty holiday tradition in your family? Drop by our Facebook page and tell us about it!

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