Broken wicker baskets leave me so sad. I use them for so many things. I story stuffed animals in them, use them for toting toys back upstairs, and they serve a mighty purpose with laundry around our house. Sometimes they get tired and worn out like this one...
This little game is appropriate for babies ages 14-24 months. It will help develop fine motor skills and perceptual motor abilities as she uses her eyes and fingers to accomplish the task. Allowing her to explore the can and figure out how to insert the sticks is good for developing problem solving skills.
One of the things I recently learned about Reactive Attachment Disorder (RADS) is that when children with RADS are introduced to the unexpected , being events or people, they can shut down. Before it was even suggested that we had a possible RADS child in our home I thought the symptoms were him, being shy or unaffectionate. I honestly just thought it was his personality. Then a therapist asked about particular scenarios and the reactions. A flood of memories came rushing in on me with each question. It broke my heart to learn that internally, my boy was shutting down as a coping mechanism. His little body would go into tiny panic mode until he could process the situation and judge how others would react. If the situation felt unpredictable the tiny panic button stayed pushed down.
Then, I read about calming bottles. As beautiful as they are and as fun as they are to make, they served a huge purpose. We have made up several different ones for fun and to see which one he liked best. The purpose is to give him a temporary focus that he knows is safe until he is ready to return to reality. It may only take a second or you might find him crouched in a corner studying the rhythm and waves that he is in control of making. Here are a few of the ones we used.
Years ago my boys and I would spend a lot of time playing with play dough. It's recommended for ages 2 and over and really good for their fine motor skills. They are growing up and almost out of elementary school now but they still love it.
As a foster family we have recently been directed to a RADS diagnosis for one of our little ones. It's kind of a big deal but thank goodness he is still little. There's a great deal to learn about the cause and effect of having Reactive Attachment Disorder. I won't go into detail about the diagnosis we have but you can read more about it here.
What I want to focus on is the healing. I'm no expert on RADS but I'm learning and my background is Early Childhood Education and Reading. These two degrees have given me an excellent base to start remediation at home while Occupational Therapy takes place with the professionals.
Christmas is nearing and I have way to much to do in the way of making gifts and I spent some mullah today buying trinkets and plastic charms and all kinds of tiny goodies and found a new store that I LOOOOOVEE! It's called...Tiny Things Are Cute. I'm seriously in love and I feel an addiction coming on. So, I'm getting prepared to make about 20 of these little suckers.
This little baby shoe is so comfy and easy to slip on. The Pattern comes in 3 infant sizes. It is free but purchasing any of my patterns that are available helps my family. So, I thank you for sharing.
My boys have plastic crates to store their toys. They are just the right size and I can stack them, I love that. Recently I finished making covers for these crates and it was super easy. Here's How...
These little beauties are made from a simple ballerina slip baby shoe pattern. What a fun way to make matching baby shoes with homemade outfits as well. It only takes a bit of fabric and there are several different ways to style your creation. The link to the free pattern is below.
Oh how I love some vinyl wall lettering. I remember when I first discovered a beautiful company a couple of years ago that held par. I scheduled a party and my consultant canceled and never rescheduled. BOOO! Since I only wanted some basic signs in my home I thought I would use an old skill I've used since high school.
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