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Feelie box craft

Feelie box craft

This craft is in relation to the Celebrating difference and neurodivergence – part 4” article by Joanna Grace

You will need:

  • A large cardboard box
  • An old T-shirt 
  • A selection of different items to feel

 

Instructions

1. Cover the box with the T-shirt

2. Cut two holes in the sides of the box, level with where the sleeves of the T-shirt meet the box

3. The children will be able to reach down the T-shirt sleeves to feel the contents of the box and the fabric of the sleeves will stop them from being able to peek inside

4. Place something to explore inside the box and invite different children to feel it – and to describe what they feel and what they think about it

5. You could try the following:

Cotton wool, peeled soft fruit – like grapes or tomatoes (dropping them into boiling water makes their skin easy to peel off) something gooey or slimy, like slime, gak or a homemade playdough, feathers, polystyrene, ice cubes

6. A feelie box is essentially a container that isolates our sense of touch. Consider how you could create a similar experience for other senses, like tasting with a blindfold on or closing your eyes and listening

Best ever chocolate nests

Best ever chocolate nests

What do you need?

 

 

  • Shredded wheat

  • Chocolate

  • Mini eggs

  • Cake cases

     

Instructions

1. Weigh 85 grams of shredded wheat and add to your bowl

2. Crush up the shredded wheat into a bowl with a wooden spoon

3. Weigh 200 grams of chocolate and place into a crockery bowl

4. Melt the chocolate over a bowl of water on the hob or you can use a microwave

5. Pour the chocolate into the bowl of shredded wheat

6. Mix it up until the shredded wheat is all coated

7. Place a spoonful of mixture into the cases

8. Place 3 mini eggs into the ‘nest’

9. To reduce the risk of choking, cut the eggs in half first. Make sure you help the children do this

Lemony lemonade

Lemony lemonade

What do you need?

  • 10 x lemons
  • Sugar
  • Sparkling water

Instructions

1. Wash the lemons

2. Cut the lemons into halves

3. Squeeze the lemons, twist and turn until all the juice is out

4. Add a cup of sugar and stir

5. Pour in a bottle of sparkling water and mix

6. Enjoy the best ever lemonade!

Reveal pictures – part 2

Reveal pictures – part 2

This craft is in relation to the “Celebrating difference and neurodivergence – part 3” article by Joanna Grace, and was created with her son imagining what his baby brother might be thinking about. This is similar to the activity associated with the previous article.

 

These reveal pictures are great for making displays out of. (We would love to see your displays if you do make them, tweet us at @Jo3Grace and @TheParentaGroup). If you’ve been able to do them on cardboard (some delivery boxes are perfect for it as I discovered) then they may well be durable enough to display at child height. This is a great thing to do because then children, as they explore: seeing the pictures of their friends and revealing the thoughts that lie within them, can have a hands on experience of hidden differences. They see the array of faces: here are my friends we look alike in some ways and we look different in some ways. And inside my friends, inside their brains, where they think, are different things. Some of my friends like the same things as me, some of them like different things to me.

What do you need?

  • Paper

  • Pens/crayons/coloured pencils 

  • Glue sticks 

  • Optional: Cardboard (some packaging boxes that books or DVDs are delivered in are perfect for this as we discovered)

Instructions

1. Fold an A4 piece of paper so that the two end quatres meet in the middle of the length, hiding half of the page.

2. Take a second piece of paper and attach it to the first so that it folds down covering the half page.

3. You now have three layers: 1) the folded outside, 2) the covering flap 3) the inside.

4. Draw the outline of a head on the first and third layer. On the middle layer draw a brain or alternatively, print a brain drawing. We have a free template you could download here.

5. Ask the children to draw their own face on the outside layer.

6. Invite them to colour in the brain that is revealed when they look inside their heads:

7. Ask them what their friend might be thinking and have them draw this below the flap.

Reveal pictures

Reveal pictures

These reveal pictures are great for making displays out of. (We would love to see your displays if you do make them, tweet us at @Jo3Grace and @TheParentaGroup). If you’ve been able to do them on cardboard (some delivery boxes are perfect for it as I discovered) then they may well be durable enough to display at child height. This is a great thing to do because then children, as they explore: seeing the pictures of their friends and revealing the thoughts that lie within them, can have a hands on experience of hidden differences. They see the array of faces: here are my friends we look alike in some ways and we look different in some ways. And inside my friends, inside their brains, where they think, are different things. Some of my friends like the same things as me, some of them like different things to me.

What do you need?

  • Paper

  • Pens/crayons/coloured pencils 

  • Glue sticks 

  • Optional: Cardboard (some packaging boxes that books or DVDs are delivered in are perfect for this as we discovered)

Instructions

1. Fold an A4 piece of paper so that the two end quatres meet in the middle of the length, hiding half of the page.

2. Take a second piece of paper and attach it to the first so that it folds down covering the half page.

3. You now have three layers: 1) the folded outside, 2) the covering flap 3) the inside.

4. Draw the outline of a head on the first and third layer. On the middle layer draw a brain or alternatively, print a brain drawing. We have a free template you could download here.

5. Ask the children to draw their own face on the outside layer.

6. Invite them to colour in the brain that is revealed when they look inside their heads:

7. Ask them what they are thinking, or what they like, and have them draw this below the flap.

Vegetable curry

Vegetable curry

What do you need?

  • 2 peeled onions

  • 3 peeled garlic cloves

  • 2 red peppers

  • fresh coriander

  • coconut oil

  • coconut milk

  • 2 courgettes

  • 1 aubergine

  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes

  • 1 carton of passata

  • 1 jar of tikka paste

  • butternut squash chopped into chunks

Instructions

1. First you need to chop the garlic into small pieces or you can use a garlic crusher

2. Then chop 2 onions into small pieces

3. Only use a sharp knife with adult supervision

4. Put the garlic and onions into a saucepan, add a tablespoon of coconut oil and put on medium heat

5. Chop the red peppers into small chunks

6. Add them to the saucepan with the onion and garlic

7. Remove the top and bottom of the courgettes then slice them into quarters, then chop into small chunks

8. Add them to the saucepan with the onion and garlic

9. Remove the top and bottom of the aubergine then chop it into small chunks

10. Add the aubergine chunks and butternut squash to the saucepan

11. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes

12. Add the carton of passata

13. Add 4 teaspoons of tikka paste

14. Chop the coriander into small pieces removing the stems

15. Then add this to the saucepan

16. Add the can of coconut milk

17. Mix and simmer with the lid on (cook on a low heat) for around 30 minutes

18. You could serve this with naan bread or rice and then enjoy the best vegetable curry ever!