Kids love playdough, but for our kids with gluten sensitivity, the branded kind can be a nightmare. Here Suzanne teaches us how to make our own homemade gluten free playdough that every kid can enjoy!
This particular Valentine’s Day craft will help your child develop their pincer grasp while ‘sewing’ together their heart! Using shoelaces and the Autism Live template, your child will get the opportunity to practice their pincer grasp, which is a precursor to learning to write!
Start the year off right with this month’s fun Smary video! This month (January) features an activity for children to practice their episodic memory skills. In doing so, they’ll get to make a fun time capsule. Just follow along the template below (also found on the Autism Live Facebook page) and you and your child will have a fun, simple time capsule to put memories in!
Creating a time capsule is an ideal activity for developing episodic memory skills. Episodic memory, as the name suggests, refers to an individual’s memory of specific episodes or events they have experienced. It includes the ability to recall immediately experienced episodes, recently experienced episodes and episodes experienced in the past. In addition to remembering the information and knowledge from past experiences, it is important for children to learn to relate and apply this information and knowledge to new experiences.
It’s the season of giving and sometimes it’s hard to find that perfect gift for your child’s teacher. To help, this month we’ve thought of the perfect craft project for that great teacher in your child’s life! The best part is that the craft simple enough that every child can make it and the craft is sharp enough that it will look great in any teacher’s classroom.
November’s Smarty is a Scavenger Hunt – a perfect rainy day activity! Scavenger hunts directly target picture-object matching, and visual and spatial memory skills. Because a scavenger hunt can be adapted with endless variations it can be used to target a myriad of skills and is an appropriate activity for preschool to adulthood.
If your child’s preschool is anything like ours, going back to school means an influx of art projects, some more abstract than others. (One week, I kid you not, it was green paper covered in three dimensional dried brown gloop –paint mixed with potting soil – but that is not what it looked like! One of the few masterpieces that went in the trash without any mom guilt.)
We’ve been back in school for one week and I’m already dreading the morning crunch. My daughter has no problem waking up at 6am on weekends, but Monday morning rolls around and I am shaking her awake at 7:30. Things go downhill from there; she drags her feet with every morning activity, creating a ton of stress for everyone involved.
Take advantage of these last few weeks of summer vacation with the August Smarty! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcxhrZmmP74&list=PLzpc1lUvttW9PRJlOE86lvjE7SAqIMM3N This month our art goes outside and becomes a social activity – Ice and Water Bottle Bowling!