5 more games for play dates

It’s that time of year when people start thinking about gifts to buy. I really love the idea of getting and giving games, especially those that can be played on a playdate with just two kids. Last year, I wrote a post where I listed five games that would be ideal to play on a small playdate, which is perfect for kids who are working on their social skills. Here are 5 MORE games that would be great to have on hand for a small playdate. They’re also great games for families too. You can practice and play together and have fun!

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Oatmeal container planetarium - Pinterest in Real LIfe

Recently I've been inspired by the Project Recycle and Create on P is for Preschooler to use some recycling to make new creations with the kids. I was thinking about the food container October challenge and I was inspired by this post from Deceptively Educational to make a homemade planetarium.  Of course, I lost track of time and didn't get to that project in October, but the kids and I still had a great time making it.

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Positive self-talk

I remember when I first came home with my son. My husband was working really long hours in the city and I was adjusting to being a mother to a newborn and a toddler who was potty training. I was kind of miserable for a little bit there. I remember I kept looking at the clock, waiting for my husband to get home so I could get a break. I was living in a pretty negative mindset. Then, one day, I decided I couldn’t live like that anymore, watching and waiting and being cranky because I was the only adult at home.

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Oobleck Fun - Pinterest in Real Life

It was a rainy day and my son was asking to do experiments again. I love that he is so interested in science since we did our failed science experiments a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to try something a little different that didn’t involve food coloring (recently my hands have been stained because we’ve been using it so much). I made oobleck once with my daughter a few years ago, but it had been awhile so I decided to try it again.

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Social Thinking at Home: Expected versus Unexpected

I’ve done a lot of work using Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking concepts. One of the basic concepts in her work is “expected versus unexpected”.  Events typically fall into one of these two categories. Here are a few examples from my own life. It’s expected that every morning I drink a cup of coffee. If I don’t have coffee, that’s unexpected. It’s expected that when it’s time for dinner, everyone comes in and sits at the table. It’s unexpected if one family member gets up from the table and starts dancing in the middle of the kitchen while everyone else is eating their meal. It’s expected that at bedtime, you get into your bed and lay down quietly. It’s unexpected that you come downstairs and ask for more to eat.

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A Giveaway just in time for Parent Teacher Conferences!

It’s getting close to parent teacher conference time for our children’s schools. I think I have a good idea of how the kids are doing in school, but I want to hear what their teachers are seeing during the school day both academically and socially. Preparing for Parent Teacher Conferences made me think of a book I reviewed recently, The Parent Backpack. ML Nichols talks about ways to make connections with teachers and the best way to approach conferences. She also gives great advice about how to interact with teachers and schools in general.

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3 Types of Stress Balls: Which one is best?

As a counselor, I have seen my share of stress balls. I’ve seen a tremendous variety of the store bought ones: the ones that have eyes that squeeze out, and the ones that look like a soccer ball, a basketball, a smiley face or the world. I’ve also enjoyed making my own stress balls from different materials over the years.

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