Resources

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Food Fun Sensory Bin

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 7, 2017   Category: Resources  

Food Fun Sensory Bin

Ingredients:

Plastic bin
Oatmeal
Small bucket
Plastic play food
Pictures of a variety of food
“What’s on your plate today?” handout (We made our own using pictures from Pinterest!)

We filled our bin with oatmeal, but you could use another dry food such as cornmeal.
Make a “Junk Food Bucket” label for the small bucket.
Print out a plate that is labeled as fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, dairy that you can find on Pinterest. You could also have your child help you draw and color the plate instead of printing it out.
Then you want to either draw or print a variety of food pictures. We also laminated ours so they would last longer, but that is optional.
Then you could work on helping your child identify and discuss the foods which would help kids gain familiarity with the foods. Use words and discuss different properties of the foods-hot/ cold, crunchy/ soft, etc. This can also open conversations about what foods are healthy to put on your plate, foods you should eat daily or foods to eat occasionally. This is a great activity to do this month to prep for Thanksgiving and all of the different foods they will experience.


Harvest Time Sensory Bin

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 7, 2017   Category: Resources  

Harvest Time Sensory Bin

Ingredients:

Plastic bin
Corn kernels
Milk container
Easter grass
Farm animals
Farm vehicles

Fill your bin with corn kernels about 1″ deep.
Next we used an empty milk carton and cut the front so that it will form a flap as in the picture. This will allow kids to put corn in the top hole and then watch it fall out the front.
Last we added Easter grass to give it some additional texture.
Then you are ready to have your kids help you gather farm animals and vehicles to add to the bin.


Photos with Santa (December 2017)

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 6, 2017   Category: Events, Resources  

Leaps & Bounds will be hosting a fun, sensory-sensitive visit from Santa!
Please see the flyer below for more details!


Toddler Parent Playtime – Winter Fun (November 2017)

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Nov 6, 2017   Category: Events, Resources  

Our Toddler Parent Playtime this month will be a Winter Fun theme!
Please click on the flyer below for more details!


DIY Sensory Tools

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Oct 25, 2017   Category: Articles, Resources  

DIY Sensory Tools

At Leaps and Bounds, we use sensory tools every day to compliment the therapy we do with our kids. Not every tool works for every kid. We like to have lots of “tools in our bag” so that we can find the right ones for our kids and families. Some of the tools we use in therapy need to be purchased, but there are a lot of really great ones you can make on your own at home. We have put together a list of some of our favorite DIY sensory tools. (more…)


Therapy Spotlight – Success in the Community!

Posted By: Lisa Cooseman on Oct 10, 2017   Category: Articles, Resources  

Meet Quentin…

Quentin has been working at Leaps and Bounds for a few years now. He and his mother had a goal of bike riding for an activity to do with his family and exercise. Now that he is in high school his occupational therapist suggested some functional training in the gym. Thanks to the inclusion model at the YMCA, Quentin and his OT work weekly on strengthening, body awareness, balance, bilateral coordination, fine motor, and social skills.

Providing therapy at the YMCA has helped facilitate progress in just a few short weeks for Quentin. (more…)


Fall Festival Sensory Bin

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Oct 10, 2017   Category: Resources  

Fall Festival Sensory Bin

Ingredients:

Plastic bin
Corn Kernels
Any decorative fall items (leaves, apples, gourds, pumpkins, pine cones)
Spoons, scoopers

Put the corn kernels and all of the desired decorative fall items into plastic bin.
Use the apples and other items for matching, sorting or organizing by size, color, shape, etc.
Write letters or words on the leaves to work on letter and sight word recognition.


Pumpkin Spice Cloud Dough (Sensory Bin)

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Oct 10, 2017   Category: Resources  

Pumpkin Spice Cloud Dough

Ingredients:

Plastic bin
7 cups of flour
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup orange powdered tempera paint
Pumpkin Pie Spice

Mix all of the ingredients together. You can mix everything together in a bowl and then transfer to the plastic bin once it’s completely mixed. (Mixture will last longer if kept in a closed container)
Kids can make pretend pumpkin pies with small ramekins and spoons.
We also added a sequence activity in which kids have to put the cycles of a pumpkin in order. This activity and other fun ideas can be found at:
http://printables.atozteacherstuff.com/645/pumpkins-printables-and-worksheets/

This sensory bin can be messy, but it will be lots of FUN!!


Halloween Tips

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Oct 10, 2017   Category: Resources  

pumpkin

Halloween can be a scary time for all kids, but it can be an especially challenging time for kids with sensory processing difficulties. From the costumes and the masks, to the scary monsters lurking in haunted houses, to the unexpected surprise of someone yelling “Boo!”, there are a lot of potentially difficult issues when it comes to Halloween. But, with some planning and strategies, it can be a fun and enjoyable experience for all kids (more…)


Toddler & Parent Playtime – Halloween Party (October 2017)

Posted By: Leaps & Bounds on Oct 10, 2017   Category: Events, Resources  

We will be hosting a Halloween themed Toddler & Parent Playtime this October!
Click on the flyer for more details!