How to make homemade playdough

By |2020-05-12T09:00:58-04:00May 12, 2020|DIY Play Ideas and Activities for Kids, Recent|

Play Dough: “Play dough is the fail safe way to engage and excite little hands and minds! It is a brilliant sensory and fine motor tool that is ridiculously easy to make and so much better than any store bought versions.” (Source:Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe!) Making playdough at home is really fun and easy! You know all the ingredients going into it which makes it completely safe.   Below is an easy and simple no cook recipe for you to make play dough for your child to enjoy: You’ll Need: 1 cup flour ½ cup table salt 2 [...]

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Activities that support writing skills

By |2020-05-11T09:01:53-04:00May 11, 2020|Early Childhood Development, Recent|

What are pre-writing skills?: “Pre-writing skills are the lines and strokes kids need to master and know BEFORE learning how to print the alphabet. Each of these lines is developed in a sequence, based on how old the child is.” (Source:Basics of Pre-Writing Activities and Skills for Kids) Importance of pre-writing skills: “Pre-writing practice teaches directionality in writing, encourages fine muscle development and coordination, and also helps students process sensory information critical to the writing process.” (Source:15 Pre-Writing Activities for Preschoolers) Activities that support pre writing skills: Work on vertical surface: Writing on a vertical surface improve pencil grasp. It [...]

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Using Visuals and how they can help

By |2020-05-08T07:16:18-04:00May 8, 2020|Recent, STK Products|

What are visuals?: Visual supports are used with children who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for two main purposes: They help parents communicate better with their child,  they help their child communicate better with others.  By providing visual support along with language and social interaction, students are able to participate more independently and with less frustration in everyday activities. Reasons to use Visuals: Various types of visuals can be effective learning tools:  photos, illustrations, icons, symbols, sketches, figures, and concept maps are a few of them. Below are some reasons on “why using visuals is more beneficial” Visuals: are permanent [...]

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Types of Play for Children

By |2020-05-07T09:13:50-04:00May 7, 2020|Early Childhood Development|

Playing isn't all about toys and games, a child displays different types of play while growing up.  There are 6 main types of play and they are as follows: Unoccupied: Unoccupied play is when the child is not playing, just observing. “He may be engaged in seemingly random movements, with no objective.” (Source:Important Types of Play in Your Child's Development Medically reviewed by Joel Forman, MD) Solitary: This type of play is also called the independent play. “This is when your child plays alone, with little to no reference to what other kids or adults are doing.” (Source:https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/types-of-play#6.-Cooperative-play) This type of [...]

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Reinforcement Vs. Bribery

By |2020-05-06T10:35:13-04:00May 6, 2020|Behavior Management|

What does Reinforcement mean? Reinforcement happens after a desired behaviour has occurred.  “Reinforcement is the process of encouraging or establishing a belief or pattern of behavior, especially by encouragement or reward.”(Source:Reinforcement vs. Bribery) “Example of positive reinforcement: First give the child a choice of two activities that you would want them to complete. (“Do you want to clean up your toys or take out the trash?”)  This will make the child feel empowered because they get to choose the activity. Then you need to find out what they want to earn for completing the task. (What would you like to [...]

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Spatial Concepts for Special Education

By |2020-05-05T09:39:59-04:00May 5, 2020|Recent, STK Products|

What are spatial concepts? “Spatial concepts (a category of basic concepts) define the relationship between us and objects, as well as the relationships of objects to each other. As our language begins to develop, early spatial concepts such as in front of, behind, top, bottom, over, under, last, between, farthest, backward, in, on, etc, help us understand directions more precisely, ask detailed questions, and express our ideas to others. ” (Source:Spatial Concepts and Relationships) Why is it important for a child to learn them? “The words that define relationships in space are vitally important because they are part of the [...]

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Water Beads Sensory Play

By |2020-05-04T08:57:19-04:00May 4, 2020|Recent|

Sensory play: Sensory play can be any play that involves the senses. It allows children to play, explore, create, and engage in experiential learning through their senses. What are water beads? “Water beads are non-toxic and environmentally safe, making them a wonderful addition to the sensory play of children who will not put them in their mouths” (Source:Water bead sensory play).  Water beads were made for designing the floral display. “They are fun gel balls that expand in water and are often used in flower vases. They also make a fun sensory station for children who are no longer putting [...]

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The Functions of Behavior

By |2020-05-03T18:13:24-04:00May 3, 2020|Behavior Management|

Why does a behaviour occur? Behaviors happen for a specific reason. Sometimes the reasons are clear and can be understood easily, and other times they are unclear and difficult to understand. “What can be said with certainty is that your child is demonstrating a challenging behavior because it meets a specific need for him or her.“ (Source:Functions of Behaviour) It is certainly essential to know why an inappropriate behavior might be happening so it can be replaced with an appropriate one. The four functions of behavior are sensory stimulation, escape, access to attention and access to tangibles. Below is an [...]

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Dinosaur Sensory Bin

By |2020-05-01T06:36:51-04:00April 30, 2020|DIY Play Ideas and Activities for Kids, Recent|

What is Sensory Play? Children at a very young age start to explore and learn about their surroundings, using all their five senses. Grown-ups normally utilize one or two senses to understand their surroundings, while for babies the maximum senses they use, the better they understand their surroundings. “Research shows that babies learn much more from interacting with their environments than they do from passive observation, and sensory play encourages the development and integration of the senses through exploration.” (Source:What is sensory play and why do it?) Sensory play can be any play that involves the senses. It allows children [...]

How to tame Tantrums?

By |2020-05-01T06:36:51-04:00April 27, 2020|Recent|

What are Tantrums? Tantrums are usually an unmanageable outbreak of emotions like anger or frustration, often in a child of a younger age.  Tantrums come in different forms. Some children may start by just whining, while some go from crying to screaming in seconds. Tantrums can also be seen as kicking, hitting to even holding breath.  Causes for Tantrums: Below are a few reasons for why your child may throw a tantrum: -Hunger -Tiredness (not getting enough sleep) -Want something -Can not understand something -Trouble in expressing  -Strong emotions   How to Tame Tantrums:  You may be able to avoid [...]

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