Putting the ART in Articulation!

Thursday, November 30, 2017
My students absolutely LOVE completing crafts during speech sessions. They love it because they get to take something home they are proud of. I enjoy it because they are focused and working hard during the entire session. 
I also love a good no-prep,print and go craft. So, a few months ago I created some cactus color-by-word articulation worksheets, appropriately named ART-ticulation! My students enjoyed them so much that I started creating them for the upcoming holidays! These have been great to send home as homework as well as use during therapy sessions. 
I personally one work one on one with my students, but since all the pictures turn out the same, these work really well for mixed articulation groups as well!
At the moment I have ART-ticulation worksheets for the following themes:
Cactus
Pumpkins
Monsters
Turkeys
Santa
Snow Globes
...but I just download another giant bundle of clipart for these, so many more are on the way!
You can check all of them out in my TpT store, here!
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Peekaboo Beans Children's Clothing Review

Thursday, November 16, 2017
I absolutely love shopping for kids' clothes! You can usually find me stocking up at Old Navy or Target on Cat & Jack swag, but recently I learned about another clothing line, Peekaboo Beans from a fellow SLP, KellyZarfia. I had never heard about this brand before, but was excited to learn more. 
Kelly explained to me that Peekaboo Beans creates ethically manufactured, sensory friendly, long lasting, grow with me styles, that are made with children's development in mind. The clothing was designed with play in mind. Their clothes are designed to promote play and imagination, to help kids feel empowered and to promote independence.  I loved this idea. Adorable clothes made to be play clothes? And sensory friendly? I was sold. My kids are active and not so gentle on their clothes. My little guy always asks to have tags cut out of his shirts so I was interested in seeing how sensory friendly these clothes would be for him. 
 Not only do they create clothes with play and development in mind, but they also host pop-up play dates to get kids back outside and playing. They also donate to 'playgroundbuilders.org' which is an organization that builds playgrounds in war-torn countries. I love organizations that love to give back. 
And, word on the street is that these clothes have great re-sale value. If I am not handing Kenzie or Kameron's clothes down to a friend's child, I usually take them to consignment shops or sell on Poshmark. Typically the re-sale value is low on clothing from popular retail stores, but Peekaboo Beans can be re-sold at around 40% the original price, if not more. 
We received 2 outfits from Peekaboo Beans. Both of my kids loved them and can't wait for it to cool down enough here in FL so they can wear them again. The material is so soft, yet durable. Nothing thin about the fabric. 
Kenzie received the Owl Eyes on You tee and a pair of leggings. The first thing I noticed was the thumb holes in the top! The jeggings were very soft and had a smooth waistband (something I am always looking for when buying her pants, itchy tags are not fun!)
Kameron scored a Cabin Kid Hooded Tee and a pair of jogger pants. The first thing I noticed about the pants was extra material at the knee, clever! So many of Kenzie and Kameron's pants are worn at the knee.  The tee was heavy enough to wear during our Florida winters! And it has pockets! 

You can check out Kelly's website, here, to learn more. All of the items are adorable. And most importantly,  there are no small parts like buttons or snaps and the zippers are are fused together to prevent breakage.  Tops with zippers include chin guards to create a barrier between your Bean’s chin and the zipper.  And there are no drawstrings on hoodies which can get caught during play. Ahhhhmazing! One less thing to worry about while your kids are out being active!
You can contact Kelly with any questions at: kzarifa.peekaboobeans@gmail.com 

This post was sponsored by Kelly Zarifa
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