Best Toys Sensory Seekers

Holiday Gift Guide - Best Toys and Therapy Tools for Sensory Seekers

Children with sensory processing disorder are constantly in search of ways to regulate their nervous systems and organize input coming from the environment. There are varying levels of processing difficulties for a child with SPD. The holidays can be very difficult with constant  stimuli and finding the best toys for sensory seekers can be challenging. Many sensory toys serve as wonderful therapeutic tools for children with special needs.

Based on our home occupational therapy room and therapist recommendations, I’ve created the Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Sensory Seekers.   Continue reading


Paper Mache Dinosaur Cave

Dinosaur Paper Mache Cave Small World Play by Crayon Box Chronicles

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Junior Paleontologists, let’s venture deep into the Mesozoic Era, the ‘Age of Reptiles,’ with ferocious dinosaurs and a rough, rock-like paper mache cave and tunnels. Our dinosaur diorama explores the wild, prehistoric terrain of sensory materials and homemade goopy glue. We’re building a dinosaur cave using recycled jars and lids, coffee cans, and our easy-to-make paper mache glue for kids.  Open your reptilian, ‘terrible lizard’ imaginations and join us for dino-mite discoveries. Continue reading


Alligator Affirmation Box – Showing Kids Love

Showing Kids Love Button 250

All Thing Kids bloggers are teaming up this month to bring you an exciting series on Showing Kids Love.  We’re each focusing on one of the 5 Love Languages – Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, Physical Touch, and ours – Words of Affirmation.  All Done Monkey shares a wonderful introduction post for our series this month, Showing Kids Love.

Alligator Affirmation Box - Showing Kids Love with Words of Encouragement by Crayon Box Chronicles

Words of affirmations are a language of love.  These positive loving affirmations serve as visual reminders to help children (adults too) focus on a particular purpose.  Giving children these powerful tools helps them build self-confidence, inner strength, and positive attitudes.  As their language develops, they’ll learn to use these affirmations in everyday life. To explore our love language, we’re making an affirmation box. It makes a creative, fun valentine box too. Continue reading


Jingle Bell Art

Easy jingle bell painting using bouncy balls for kids

It’s no secret we love to explore painting and movement. My little sensory seeker still talks about our messy bouncy ball art and rhythmic pom-pom drumstick painting activities. For an easy Christmas activity, we’re using our bouncy balls to create Christmas bell art. Continue reading


Christmas Tree Tissue Paper Craft

Christmas tree tissue paper by number craft using addition for kids by Crayon Box Chronicles. #Christmas #mathactivity


Remember color by number as a kid? It was my go-to activity, so we’ve recreated it using tissue paper and mathematics. In the past, we’ve done turkey tissue paper by number and heart tissue paper by number crafts using simple numbers.  For our Christmas tree tissue paper by number craft, we’re making it more challenging by using addition. You can use addition, subtraction, multiplication, or simple numbers, depending on your child’s ability. Continue reading


10 Kids Books About Bullying

Books about bullying for young children

Incorporating kids books about bullying can help children learn the warning signs of bullying and encourage them to discuss their feelings and experiences with others. The effects of bullying can be serious and affect kids sense of safety and self-worth. Teaching children the simple act of kindness and encouraging others to do the same, goes a long way. Continue reading


Fall Tree Art

Easy Autumn Tree Art for Kids

We love to explore the process of painting using creative techniques. One of our favorite art projects in the past was creating a simple sensory painting using carpet squares.  We thought the same process would make beautiful, textured Fall tree art as well.  Best of all, carpet squares are free at Home Depot.  Continue reading


Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

95+ Easy Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving is a great time of year for fun, easy kids crafts. Here are 95+ Thanksgiving crafts and activities for kids to enjoy.  With the holiday fast approaching, we included kid-made gift ideas too.

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Thanksgiving Books For Kids

20 Thanksgiving Books for Kids - Crayon Box Chronicles

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends. This time of year—all year— helps us remember how important it is to give thanks and teach compassion and gratitude to our children.  Using books to help teach children is a wonderful, fun way to introduce the history of Thanksgiving and time-honored traditions.  Today’s Thanksgiving traditions differ greatly from the original 1621 harvest meal, but still, a feast indeed.  Continue reading


Pine Cone Pumpkin

Easy Pine Cone Pumpkin Craft for Kids #Halloween #Fall #pinecones

Pine cone pumpkins are simple to make for Halloween decor and require few materials. They make great kid-made gifts too. Recycling pine cones for crafts is a great way to reuse beautiful elements found in nature. Continue reading