Mardi Gras Craft Ideas Fit for A King or Queen

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Mardi Gras is a French phrase for Fat Tuesday, more formally known as Shrove Tuesday. This is the holiday to celebrate and eat like a glutton because the following day is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Christians give up something they enjoy (usually a favorite food) for 40 days leading up […]

Utilize Art To Increase Fine Motor Skills

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The process of creating art is a fun way for kids with various isms to maintain and increase fine motor skills.  Many times skills are being increased without the artist even realizing it.  It isn’t “work”.  It’s fun!  Here are some benefits and tips for using art to support and increase these skills. Increase Eye-Hand […]

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Promote Imaginative Play with Puppets

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Most typical children naturally love to pretend play and intuitively use their imaginations at a relatively early age. We see this the strongest in normal development around 3-6 years of age. A child may pick up a toy car and “pretend” it is driving up and down the furniture.  He may joyfully make sounds to […]

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Sensory Integration Experiences through Art

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Art can be a great way for kids with special isms to get sensory experiences they crave and enjoy.   It can also be a good place for children with sensory integration challenges to be introduced to new materials and develop a stronger tolerance for various materials. Ideas For Kids Who Love Sensory Experiences Tape  Some […]

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Art Readiness for the Unwilling Child, Part 2

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In Part 1 of Art Readiness for the Unwilling Child, perfectionism and fear were examined as prospective causes for a reluctance to create art.  Fine motor challenges and motor planning isms may also play a role in an avoidance to create art.  “Art may represent a  place that offers potential embarrassment, anxiety, and frustration or […]

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Art Readiness For The Unwilling Child, Part 1

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For many people the act of “creating” is an intimidating thing.  Inventing something and sharing it for everyone to see invokes an intense fear and dread.  It is an invitation for judgement.  Every artist will tell you that these are aspects of creating that we all have to walk through and overcome to get to […]

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4 Ways Art Impacts Your Special Needs Child’s Behavior

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The process of creating art is a wondrous thing.  It offers a place to roam freely in a way that is intuitive with no boundaries while offering  concrete processes and outcomes.   Art has the power to transform.  This is true of actual art work that is created as well as the transformation of the person […]

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Adapting Art for Children With Special Needs

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Many times children with special needs or learning differences are overlooked when it comes to creative opportunities. While they may struggle in other traditional areas, exploring art can offer a place to discover new talents and abilities. Adapting an art project for a child with special needs can be challenging. Sometimes project ideas are too […]

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Using Art To Teach Life Skills To Children With Special Needs

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For some kids with special needs dealing with new situations or ways of doing things can cause fear and anxiety.  Or they may get “stuck” doing something the same way but become frustrated because they can’t move themselves forward.  Sometimes new things don’t work and they have to figure out how to make them work. […]

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Creative Strategies to Use before the Meltdown

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Most children who are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulty regulating their emotions and maintaining a calm state. Children with autism and special needs go through similar emotional challenges as typical children do, but it takes them longer to get through them and it may take some creative techniques. In addition, it […]

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