Just in case you ever wondered what was in our subscription box, here is your chance to see inside what we sent out in August!
The theme was Managing the Unexpected. I was inspired to use this theme from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking program. 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.
The tricky part is that what’s expected changes constantly, depending on where you are, who you are with and what is happening around you. A couple of examples that I loved to use at school: It’s expected that at recess, you talk out loud to other people. That same behavior is unexpected during a math test. In P.E. class, it’s expected that you run during a game like fishy, fishy, cross my ocean. It’s unexpected if you run down the hallway from your class to the bathroom.
Unexpected also doesn’t have to mean something bad. For example, a surprise present is unexpected, and also pretty awesome!
In August, we had two activities that are unexpected and fun. The activities themselves do unexpected things, and the children will enjoy playing with them!
Fun with Magic Nuudles®
Magic Nuudles® are made from corn and are completely biodegradable. Just wet them slightly with water using a sponge or a paper towel, and then connect them together to make all kinds of fun things! They can stick to each other, paper, windows or cardboard. They clean up quite easily. Be careful not to use too much water or they will disintegrate. Use your imagination to make some cool creations with your buddy!
Making a sun print is another unexpected activity. Gather any object you’d like to print - it could be leaves, flowers or branches from outside, or small toys or items you can find inside your house. Place the object on the Sunprint® paper and let it sit in the sun for 2 - 5 minutes. Then rinse the paper in water. Watch it change and see the image of your item appear on the page. See more detailed instructions on the Sunprint® package. You can use the box this playdate kit came in as the cardboard to lay the Sunprint® paper on!
Included is a page from the Highlights High Five magazine feature “That’s Silly”. As a family, look at the scene and find the unexpected things. There is no answer guide, just have fun! Talk together as a family, and see if what you think is unexpected is what someone else thinks is unexpected too!