Monthly Archives: December 2012

Play Date: Styrofoam Sensory Fun

We had another rockin’ play date on Wednesday exploring Styrofoam. The boys had a blast playing with it. They also played lots of chase and refined their ability to jump by jumping off of the green bin. A.J. enjoyed landing followed immediately by a forward roll.  The boys were forward rolling all over the place.

A.J. was excited because he knew that he was going to have a paint bath that evening. That evening he also performed a puppet show for me and his dad. I wish I could have had my video or at least my camera handy…perhaps next time.

What group fun has your kiddos had lately?

-Asia

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Week 2: Cucumber Crunch

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Cucumber Crunch- Cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice & sea salt. Ummmmm!

This is a great side dish that I found on Pinterest. It also makes a great snack. I can happily eat these cucumbers at anytime. Yay!

Do you have a yummy raw side dish recipe you’d like to share?

Pray, Persist & Prosper!

-Asia

Sensational Sensory Bags

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Contents: pom poms, stars, larger beads, blue glitter, dollar store hair gel. I doubled the plastic bag because they are a bit thin and reinforced the top with clear tape and painters blue tape.

I finally made some homemade sensory bags for the kiddos. I love to squish them and thought the kids would enjoy them, too. Amira kinda, sorta,  liked the bag, although it kept ending up on the floor or squashed in her seat. More so because she is so young and her hand muscles are still developing than the fact that she didn’t like it. A.J. found it interesting and played with it for a while as well.

Ohhh, fun.

Ohhh, fun.

All done mommy!

All done mommy!

I would ask him about the colors he saw and the textures he felt and had him share his findings with his sister. Now that was funny, because all he said were his friend’s names…ManMan and NuNu which is actually LuLu. We are working on his speech and language development, which we have discovered needs more specialized attention. More on that later…

I made a special sensory bag for A.J. with the letters of the Alphabet and some beads.

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Heads up: Do not take the tape from the back of the letters. Doing so will make the letters clump together and stick.

100_2433I presented it to him during our evening reading time where we snuggle and read and re-read books. He did enjoy searching for the letters, but as of yet, he has not gotten the bag out on his own to play with it. Meanwhile we will use it during our cozy reading time. This is my sneaky way of bonding and making letter recognition fun.

There are so many ways to use sensory bags as fun learning opportunities. A few are: numbers, shapes, colors, items for books they are reading, ocean animals, farm animals, jungle animals, holiday symbols…etc.

What type of sensory bag does your little one enjoy or you think he or she would enjoy?

Pray, Persist & Prosper!

-Asia

Shredded Paper Play Date Fun

Here are a few photos taken at our group play date. My friend Keisha brought her sons Corey and Sean over for some playtime fun. You’ll be seeing a lot of them on this blog. They have known each other practically all of their lives already!

To add some sensory fun to the day, I filled the bin with shredded paper. In the spirit of the holidays I added red and green toys to hide in the bin. A.J. and the boys had more fun playing with the paper than actually searching for the toys. Even the youngest boy, Sean got into the action. Amira had a good time, too, but tired herself out before I could sit her in the bin.

I enjoy play dates because I learn so much from other moms. Keisha is an elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She is a wealth of information and shares great tips, resources and strategies to help nurture kids’ growth.

I’m looking forward to our next play group. I know it will be fun! Subscribe to this blog so you won’t miss a thing!

Do you want a play date with me and the kids? Feel free to contact me and we can work it out:-)

Pray, Persist & Prosper!

-Asia

Week 1: Kale Salad

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Succulent Kale Salad with guacamole, olive oil, Bragg’s liquid aminos, red onion, sliced almonds & cranberries. Simply massage in the ingredients and enjoy! Thanks Anana for this delicious recipe! I give this dish two thumbs up!

At the top of my to do list (over time) is to improve my eating habits by including more living/raw foods into my diet. I’m not interested in being 100% raw at this time, but I do want to increase my energy and overall wellbeing. I’ve been on and off this journey for a while. This time I’m taking a new approach.

My goal for 2013 is to find 10 living dishes that I will happily prepare because they taste great.  If the food isn’t delicious this habit will not stick for me. I started this adventure last week. Why wait another month? So each week I’m committed to preparing a new living dish. I will write about my journey and give either a thumbs up or thumbs down on that dish for the week. Sometimes however, I may try the same recipe a different way.

This week I’m making a cucumber side dish. Check back for an update!

What’s your favorite living food dish?

Pray, Persist & Prosper!

-Asia