Special needs service providers and vendors set up tables displaying what they have to offer. There's all kinds of stuff like therapies, camps, horseback riding, pediatric dentists, service dogs, schools, GFCF meal planners, specialized equipment, respite providers.... the list goes on and on. Our school district comes and educates parents on how to get their kids enrolled for classes, whatever their needs may be. It's a great chance for parents to see what all services are offered for special needs families here in our area.
This year, our Special Needs Director decided to add some fun stuff for the kids to do while their parents were perusing the offerings.
There was a bounce house, which Lily has finally decided she really likes.
But by far and large, her favorite thing of the day was those little styrofoam packing peanuts. Now, the idea behind this was to dig for buried treasure. A little wading pool was filled to the brim with those peanuts, hiding bags of Skittles, fancy pencils and stickers for the kids to find.
Well, my kid wasn't interested in looking for treasure. Because of her sensory issues, it came as no great shock to any of us that she wanted to sit in the pool, run her hands through the styrofoam, and cover her legs with the peanuts.
Thankfully, there were many willing volunteers who were only too happy to oblige the Bird.
Can you see that sweet little smile on her face as she's being buried?
And I was happy that she never tried to eat those peanuts.
I think you can tell it made a fairly big mess, but I believe Lily would've sat there all day, perfectly content. And that makes that big mess pretty much worth it to me!
Lately, the Bird has been doing more digging and exploring like this. It seems to have a calming effect on her. And since she's not mouthing everything at the moment, it makes this kind of sensory play more enjoyable. We'll be trying out several of those sensory tubs that I always see floating around Pinterest.
However, I think our sensory bins need to be in a plastic swimming pool since Lily Bird likes to use more than just her hands to explore.
Interested in creating some of these bins yourself? Kid's Activities Blog has this great list of all kinds of "touchy-feely" items. Check it out:
Courtesy of Quirky Momma Kids Activities Blog
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Have a great Tuesday!