This is the perfect art therapy project. Art therapy is a way of utilizing the creative process of art and also having a low barrier to entry. Art therapy can benefit a wide spectrum of disorders, diseases, and disabilities and can be especially beneficial to anyone who is not able to express themselves using words.
The Diffusing Water Color Masterpiece project was thought up by our very own Crafty Kate.
Color Diffusing Paper
Use the permanent markers to sketch out your design directly on to the diffusing paper. We used black marker, but if you want, you could experiment with other colors. The drawing can be quick and abstract, perfection is not the goal here. Think of this as a fun experiment to simply play with materials. Continue reading
April is Autism Awareness Month and Autism Awareness Day is celebrated each year on April 2nd. It is one of the only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations. According to Autism Speaks, Autism now affects over 3 million people in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide.
Awareness months are important and a good reminder for all of us to do our part and take action. However, for this month, its not just about taking action – it’s also about accepting a child or adult for who they are. Awareness and acceptance both require education. 1 and 68 children and 1 in 42 boys are diagnosed with Autism, so chances are, you probably know of or know a child with this disorder, which is why it is important to open up this discussion not only between adults – but also children.
Children should be taught early on to accept and understand people for their differences. This can pertain to being aware of a persons disability but also to accept people for all of the other differences we have, such as skin color, weight, gender, hair color, religion, etc. We need to teach children that being different isn’t a bad thing – it’s actually a very good thing! – and as adults, we need to model respect for everyone around us and embrace our own differences and complexities, so that children will learn to see the value in all people.
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Need an easy craft to do with your kids to spread awareness? Print out our Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Fuse Bead Pattern!
Another craft to do with leftover Easter Eggs! These are also pretty simple to put together. Once completed, they can be used for decoration of even a night light!
Sticky Back Foam
Sticky Back Felt
Peel N’ Stick Wiggly Eyes
Faux Tea Lights
With some similar tutorials they will start you off with piercing holes in the eggs to put the pipe cleaners through, this is not very kid friendly, so we wouldn’t recommend it! Begin with giving your glow bug a face using a permanent marker and wiggly eyes. To make things easier, use Peel N’ Stick Wiggly Eyes, and then you won’t have to deal with messy glue!
Create the legs by cutting two strips of Sticky Back Foam about a centimeter thick. Make two folds towards the end of the strips and then stick them on to bottom of the egg. Cut out wings from any type of paper you prefer and then cut and curl a pipe cleaner for the antenna. Fold both wings and antenna at the center and hold in place using a small strip of Sticky Back Felt (or foam). Now just turn on a Faux Tea Light and place inside egg and your glow bug is complete!
What are you supposed to do each year with all of your left over plastic Easter Eggs? Don’t throw them away, make Easter Egg Snakes! These little guys were so simple to make.
Plastic Easter Eggs
Extra Thin Elastic Cord
Peel N’ Stick Wiggly
Start by sorting out all of the long sides of the eggs – I used about 40. Save one short end for the snakes face. Next, feed Extra Thin Elastic Cord through the egg halves (if the eggs you have do not come with with a hole, you can use a thumbtack to create one on your own). Continue reading
Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) is a program of the Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc. This program was created by physical education teacher Len Saunders in the 1900’s to motivate children to exercise. Project ACES takes place on the first Wednesday in May. This lines up perfectly with National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and SHAPE America’s National Physical Education Week. Schools around the world use this program to encourage their students to get active and learn some different fitness aspects. One of the goals of Project ACES is to address the issue of childhood obesity and raise awareness.
On May 6th, 2015 at 10 AM, all the children will either exercise, walk, jog, bike, dance, do aerobics, or a combination or all the above. Each school organizes its own participation assembly for the 15-45 minutes the program runs. There is no specific routine to follow, just have the children do some form of exercise at 10 AM. Feel free to be as creative as you would like. Many schools choose to invite local celebrities to the event and play music to accompany the activities. Organizers of local events can choose to get the whole school involved, or just selected classes. The majority of schools will get the entire school population outside on to a play field, put on music, and have everyone in the school have some fun by moving and exercising together. If you cannot do it at 10 AM, no worries. Project ACES is flexible, as there are many schools that may participate in the afternoon on May 6th, or even on a different day.
If it rains, have a backup plan. Some schools have the student body go to the gym and do aerobics and calisthenics. Another option if it rains is to pump music over the PA system, and have the classes exercise in their classrooms. Invite the local media to cover the event. The children will love to see themselves in the newspapers or on TV. Proclamations from the Mayor’s and/or Governor’s office may also be read. Project ACES is a great way to highlight your Physical Education program. This May will mark the 27th anniversary of this historic event.