1. Seriously silly stamping
Paint stampers can be made out of almost anything! We all know about sponges, but what about:
- Fruit like a lemon, a kiwi, or an apple cut horizontally to reveal a star shape
- Corn on the cob
- Wrap yarn around a block of wood
- A small balloon
Children with hypotonia or a weak grip may do well with something like a sea sponge that is easy to grip. Sponges of all shapes and sizes can be found at most craft or hobby stores.
- Using a crayon, rub a piece of paper that has a leaf, coin, or anything textured underneath.
- Magical rubbings: use a white crayon to rub, and then paint over with watercolors to magically reveal whatever was rubbed.
- Jumbo or triangle-shaped crayons may be easier for special kids to use.
- Either trace the hand or make a hand print with paint (which kids love!). Try turning the paper in different directions. Can you make a turkey? an octopus? a butterfly with two hands back to back?
- What can you do with fingerprints? Almost anything!
Dread hearing "are we there yet"? Try making a DIY road trip bingo card!
- Using a piece of construction paper, draw 20 boxes 1x1 inch
-[ADULT STEP] cut the top, right side, and bottom of each box. This piece of paper will be
the top of the bingo card.
- On a second piece of paper, again draw 20 boxes 1x1 inch. In each box, draw a picture of something you might see along the road (ex. a stop sign, a cow, a barn). This piece of paper will be the bottom of the bingo card.
- Glue the top page on top of the bottom page so that there is a picture behind each little "door".
- As you drive, close each "door" when you see the object.
What can you make with a tangarine or orange? What about a snail?