Q-tip painting with templates (free printable)

Q-tip painting with templates


Kids dip Q-Tips into paint and press into a circle on paper- one dot per circle. This activity slows movements patterns because requires focus to dot inside of each circle. This activity is a great activity for working on distal control. You can also address appropriate grasp patterns and force modulation (the harder you press the more the paint will spread outside the circles). The kids loved having a choice between pictures and enjoyed making their very own castles!




Areas Addressed:

  • Distal control
  • Fine motor
  • grasp
  • force modulation

Silky and stretchy play dough using 2 ingredients

Silky and stretchy play dough using 2 ingredients


To make this silky and stretchy play dough you will need

  • 1 cup conditioner (cheaper the better)
  • 2  cups cornflour/cornstarch (or 2 ¼ cups)
  • Glitter (optional)

Yep, that’s it!
Obviously cornflour can vary from country to country. If you find your dough crumbly then add a teaspoon more conditioner. If it’s too damp, add a teaspoon more cornflour. You may need to tweak the recipe slightly.


Storing play dough
This lovely play dough can be kept for a number of weeks/months, depending on how well it is stored. I recommend, like with any play dough, wrap it very tightly with a few layers of cling wrap and store it in an air-tight container out of direct light.


For something a little more interesting you might like to add coloured glitter to your child’s play dough experience.


Some common recipes can make quite stiff play dough, however, this is lovely and soft, leaving a gorgeous fragrance from the conditioner.

Beyond Anger Management: What’s Behind the Mask?

Free Spirit Publishing Blog

“Angry” students, especially at the middle school level, are often referred to the school counselor. School counselors usually teach children and adolescents who are angry ways to manage their anger. These tips and techniques are great for the short term and even in the moment, but they do not always address the real reason behind the student’s anger.

Angry_Frustrated Masks by M. WilbournIn my previous school I ran many anger-management groups. What I discovered is that many students used anger to mask other emotions. It was easier to say they felt mad than to admit feeling hurt, abandoned, disappointed, lonely, or betrayed. I realized that many other issues were going on for my students who displayed anger. I dug deeper to determine what other issues they were dealing with behind their angry mask.

What’s Behind the Mask?
I have done mask activities in a variety of groups. I find this activity particularly interesting and…

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Draw a Superhero Blank Activity


Draw a Superhero Blank (download and print) and have kids decide what kind of hero they’d be. Why? What powers would they have? Who would they help?

Download template here: SuperHerotemplate


In my heart…

Printable Healing Heart Activity for children. Great for attachment, adjustment, grief and loss, and child to tap into some inner peace

Art of Social Work


I invite you to just take a moment and focus your attention on your heart center in your body. Imagine all of the people, pets, memories, and other significant things resting here. They are being carried with you during your days, helping to make you who you are. Just thinking and being reminded of this can help calm us and help us make decisions according to what matters most to us. Just like adults, children have strong emotional connections and love for people, pets, and memories too, and helping children identify what and who is in their heart can be very significant. I often help children identify this then discuss how they can always think about their hearts and what is important to them to help them feel happy and safe anywhere they go. This can help children tap into an inner peace despite the outward chaos they often endure.

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Free MindWare Art – Coloring & Connect the Dots


Face Coloring Page – Free Mindware Coloring Page 91004-3

Free sample of our Extreme Dot to Dot U.S. History book: 62011

Travel the USA right from the comfort of your own home with our Color Counts Travel the USA book. Here’s a free sample page from the book so you can get a little taste of what this awesome book is like: 62004

Go WILD with this free printable from our Hidden Predators Coloring Book: 50003

Here’s a free Extreme Dot to Dot printable from our Christmas Traditions book: 62010-2

Happy Halloween! Connect the dots to reveal a SPOOKY image from Extreme Dot to Dots: Legends & Lore 2: 54003

Modern Patterns: Botanical coloring book: f3f14adf1f735e3ee67d50c1564fe611

MindWare’s Extreme Dot to Dot Animals 2 book: 157dae880f39f26c4a562b3a5525f342

Think spring! Follow the color guide to reveal a scene from one of our favorite warm-weather activities:


Extreme Dot to Dot: Around the USA:


Blank Puzzle


Blank Puzzle: I use a similar copy to have kids identify their coping skills. I talk to them about how treatment and coping skills combine to make a complete puzzle. It is not just doing one thing that is going to make a difference. This is a great activity to do as a group, especially for those that think “all they need is the right med.” It highlights personal responsibility and overall good self-care.


Behavior is an Iceberg

Parenting From Scratch

What you see is only a small part of what’s really there.


Like an iceberg, the bulk of behavior’s “mass” is found below the surface; it is what gives rise to the part that is visible.  Behavior is triggered from feelings, which stem from the more deeply rooted needs of a person. These are not needs like, “I need candy/ I need a new toy/ I need to play video games.” Basic human needs consist of things like autonomy, safety, security, trust, empathy, understanding, adequate sleep and nutrition, a sense of belonging and inclusion, competency, respect, and love.

When a child’s basic needs are met, he feels satisfied, connected, secure, confident. The behavior looks “good.”

If a child’s needs are not met, he may feel insecure, afraid, angry, or detached. The behavior that shows, then, looks to be what we might call “unacceptable” as the child reaches out to try…

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