Puppet Theatre Show inspired by Mo Willems

Sometimes I come up with what I think are great plans for an activity I think the kids will love. I set it all up, then it goes in a completely different direction. My kids LOVE Mo Willems books. They laugh so hard and so loudly at the characters. The books are hilarious! We started with Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus and then we got Today I Will Fly. We’ve gone to the library and checked out all the Mo Willems books we could find. One of the things the kids love to do is to read along with me, acting out each part. Since we made an awesome puppet theatre a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a good idea to use some of the Mo Willems characters in a puppet show.

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Social Thinking at Home: Unthinkables - Glassman

I’m a fan of Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking. I recently started writing about the Unthinkables, starting with Rock Brain. Another Unthinkable that takes over kids brains frequently is Glassman. Glassman makes kids have huge upset reactions.

A great way to teach kids to manage Glassman is to review the size of problems and the size of reactions. If you are having a small problem, you should have a small reaction. When I talk about Unthinkables, I like to use visuals to help explain the lesson and give examples. Here are some books, videos and even a cool experiment you can use to talk about Glassman.

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Playing With Cardboard Boxes - Inspired by Not A Box

When we traveled to Toronto this past summer, we found a wonderful babysitter. She’s an educator, and during the interview, she and I talked about how much the kids loved the library, but we wouldn’t be in town long enough to qualify for a card. The first night she babysat for us, she showed up with a bunch of books from the library that she took out on her own card. It was such a kind gesture, and the kids read and re-read all those books for the two weeks we had them.

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Stuffed Animal Jet Pack: Pinterest in Real Life

About a year ago, I saw these awesome jet-pack rockets for kids, perfect for pretend play. I loved watching kids play with these, and I thought of another version that would be great for pretend play. I wanted to make them miniature and use them with our stuffed animals. I have been wanting to do this for about a year, but I finally took the time to do it this past weekend.

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Solution Wheel: A Simple Way To Help Kids Solve Problems

Very early in my career, a colleague shared a resource with me that I have found incredibly helpful. It’s called a Solution Wheel. When kids are having a conflict, sometimes they don’t always know what to do. In the moment, they can’t remember things that they can do to help work through a problem. Using a solution wheel is a great resource to help them figure out different ways to solve a problem.

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