Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Paint chip color matching activity…

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Summer is just around the corner and I am still trying to get my summer activities planned out for my kids!!  Justin will be doing some home therapy this summer—which means a therapist will be in our home doing one-to-one therapy with him.  What does that entail?? A therapist at our house for 10 hours a week.  We used to do 40+ hours of home therapy a week, which was wonderful, and CRAZY at the same time.  It was absolutely essential for Justin’s progression, but Little Miss and I couldn’t leave the house while a therapist was there, and I needed to be on hand to observe, learn, and help—so it was a little overwhelming at times.  It’s going to be a little different now, because we’re almost 5 years past the original year of ABA (one-to-one) therapy when Justin was just starting out and had quite a few tantrums.  And Justin has grown up so much since then and learned so many skills that it won’t (hopefully!) involve a lot of tantrums.  The therapy programs will mostly be focused on teaching Justin life skills—amidst all the distractions of his family:)  It’s going to be great, but a little crazy as I try to juggle therapists in and out, and try not to be OCD about keeping my house clean, and deal with the regular crazies of life with a 2 year old and 10 month old.  So what do I do when I’m overwhelmed??  Organize, over-plan, and get to work!!   I have made a huge list of fun activities to do—A WAY TOO LONG LIST of things to do!!  I’m in the process of editing it down:)  I did say OVER-plan, right??  Trying to stop that…

Here’s the first of a few clothespin activities for my kiddos to do this summer…


I used a free paint stick from Home Depot and then glued down strips of cut up paint chips leaving a little “handle” so it can be held in one hand.  Then I cut out matching paint chip tags (I just used a tag paper punch) and then glued them to regular sized clothespins.

My Little Guy is loving colors and saying them right now, so I wanted to teach him how to match them and also help him with his fine motor skills (opening and placing the clothespins).  Justin’s adaptation of this activity will be to first match the colors when asked, and then I’m making him a different paint stick with black and white names of colors so he can match the clothespin colors to the word—that will help us understand what words he can already read.  Justin can do so many great things—but doesn’t always want to do them when asked (funny that he’s a “typical” kid that way!!  Or just inherited some good stubborn genes that run so strong in our family…).

I have a few more of these I want to pull together with faces of family members and matching names, and number to quantity matching.  We’ll see how much I get done this weekend!!

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  1. Very Creative! :) love this idea!

  2. Totally cool. My youngest would enjoy an activity like this. Now I just need some clean paint sticks....

  3. What a cool way to teach colors. I love where you are going with this exercise. I believe it could be endless! Just remember to breath when you are going through your day:) Will be thinking of you. Just visiting from the May Blog Hop and am now following you. I would also love to invite you to link this up to Freedom Fridays Blog Hop.

    PS Check out my May 24th post where I am co hosting Katherine's Corner Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. TWO Parties, one place! So hoping to see you there!

  4. Hey Shannon-

    I'm one of the co-hosts from the Summer Massive linky, and we have something major in common. Both of our oldest kids have ASD. Just wanted to stop by and say hi. My blogger account is being wonky, but I am following you know with bloglovin...

    I'd love to talk more with you about ABA, as we are looking to hire a team soon. My lil guy is 4.5.


  5. I featured you today on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and check it out!

  6. I am going to do this this weekend for my grandson who is special needs. He knows his letters and numbers, but hasn't grasped the concept of colors yet. This is perfect for him since he is only 2 years old. Thanks so very much for sharing this wonderful idea.


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