How to Make Giant Bubbles at Home

A great activity for a rainy day or a sunny afternoon outside! Materials 6 Cups Water 1/2 cup Dish Soap* 1/2 cup Cornstarch 1 TBSP Baking POWDER 1 TBSP Glycerin** *Dawn Dish Soap (blue) **Wilton Glycerin found in cake decorating. Mix-it-up Use a large dishpan.  Slowly mix the ingredients together and avoid getting too many bubbles in it.  Then let it sit for 1-3 hours. The cornstarch is a little funny, but somehow it works!  Be patient with the solution, it will work and you’ll love it. Bubble Wands You can use simple straw and string ... read more

Rainbow Ice Tower Excavation

By Asia Citro from Fun at Home with Kids   It has actually been hot here in Seattle (GASP!) the past few days, so we decided it was time for some good old fashioned ice play.  In times past, I have always gone the simple route and just frozen a toy or two in ice.  It’s ALWAYS a hit.  This time I decided to go for something more intricate…and thus the rainbow ice tower was born.   I provided the kids with eyedroppers, salt, paintbrushes (thanks to a reader tip!), and squeezy bottles filled with water.   &nbs ... read more

Sensory Play with Homemade Snow

Making Fluffy Snow using soap flakes is a fun and messy sensory play activity for the Summer. HOW TO MAKE FLUFFY SNOW: 1 Cup Soap Flakes ( You can find soap flakes at your local supermarket in the washing powder isle.) 3 Cups Warm Water 1 Large Mixing Bowl 1 Large Container or Tray 1 Electric Beater   As you beat the water and soap flakes the mixture multiples, so place the large bowl on top of a tray to catch the over flow. The kids love to watch the transformation of the clear watery liquid mixture to a thick white blob.   Ki ... read more

Create a Shredded Paper Flower Bouquet

What You Need: Watercolor paper, 11″ x 17″ Flesh-colored paper for the arm and hand Various shades of green construction paper for stems and leaves Brightly colored construction papers for flowers Pencil Scissors Glue stick What You Do: Help your paper florist trace their arm and hand on the flesh colored paper. Have them cut out their paper arm and put it aside. Place the white paper in a vertical, or portrait-style, position. Now they can lay the paper hand across the bottom of the white paper. The fingers should almos ... read more

Summer Activity: Homemade Watercolor Chalk Spray

HOMEMADE WATERCOLOR CHALK SPRAY A wonderful summer activity for children of all ages! Excellent for children with fine motor skills difficulties. Materials Needed: {per batch} 1 tablespoon flour 10-15 drops of food coloring 1/2  cup warm water     Just add all the ingredients in a bottle, shake, and spray! It’s that simple! Below is {1} batch — made a small amount, so we did {3} batches per bottle.         *** The chalk spray will stain clothes, carpets, and or anything that food coloring would ... read more

Occupational Therapists now double as Relationship Counselors

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