Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Project Autism - Free to join - Private online group for those that are active within the autism community

Please visit a new online group. And its FREE and private. (membership only) I decided that I often visit many of these yahoo groups which are great, but just feel like there are too many. So I decided to create a simple social network for those of us that are active in trying to find solutions to this complex puzzle called Autism. You are welcome to join and if you do not want to participate (mandatory) then opt out. No big deal. But this will be a small group that wants people that want to participate with dialog to help eachother answer questions that we are all asking. All are invited.

or email me if you have any questions

Monday, December 1, 2008

Puppet Kit by Martha Stewart is ideal for spectrum kids

Martha Stewart has a how to paper bag puppet kit available and it is a part of a series of simple craft projects for kids. The whole line reminds me of the sewing patterns that existed long ago. We really enjoyed the puppet kit which included 5 puppets with various body parts that were stuck on via peeling off the back of the sticker. What a great project that encourages fine motors skills to peel, identifying and locating body parts like feathers and paws and facial features. We also expanded our project to include the classic song for Old Macdonalds Farm and acted out the various animals. All in all, I would say a great way to cut to the chase, not have to cut out all the little pieces and have very cute and fun looking set of puppets. Sometimes, I just do not have the time or energy and find these simple projects when my energy is low are a great way to capitilize on time limitations. Something to be said for buying a prefab kit that really is worth every penny. If you have more than one child you could also incorporate paper bags, paint and cut out shapes to duplicate the original set.

There is also a lovely site via www.marthastewart.com that has a variation available via online suggestions paperbag article. Worth checking out. The photo above is from the online free version