My class had the opportunity to try out three pencil grips from The Pencil Grip, Inc. and we also got to try out some fun Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint. 
I was very excited to try to the pencil grips and paint and tried them out with my own kids before trying them out with my kiddos in my class. Ethan liked all three of the pencil grips and found them easy to use. 


Madi and Ethan loved the paint. The paint claims to be mess free and I was little skeptical about how mess free it can really be, but it really is mess free! I also loved how bold the colors were and that the paint had to be rolled up so too much of it was not getting everywhere. Ethan kept referring to them as paint crayons and that is a great way to describe them. After how much my kids enjoyed the pencil grips and paint  I couldn't wait to try them with my class. 





I tried the pencil grips first. I have a number of students still learning how to correctly grasp writing utensils and I did see an improvement with many of them when using the pencil grips. 

There are three types of grips you can choose from:

All of my students found the grips comfortable. A couple of my students that have some sensory concerns at first were hesitant about using them because of the smooth feel, however, after I helped them they were more than willing to use them and did well. I definitely will continue to use these with my class as I can see them holding the pencil correctly and not holding it in a fist. All of my students enjoyed using the pencil grips and liked the fun colors that they came in. Some of my students did have a little bit of trouble holding them initially because it was new, but the longer they used the grips, the more comfortable I saw them become with them and the more I saw them start using the correct grasp. 
 





We tried out the painting and my kids LOVED it! Here they are having fun with the 'paint crayons' and they were mess free! :) They loved how bright all the colors were too! 




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The Pencil Grip, Inc. did send me three pencil grips in exchange for a blog review. However, all opinions expressed in this review are my own
Becoming a big brother or sister can be a very exciting time, but can also be very stressful! Our little ones don't understand why this new baby is suddenly getting all the attention and they are getting none. The child's routine is totally changed because now it is on the baby's terms. To cope with these changes some of our students may have outbursts and start to get upset over things that normally never bothered them. I remember my son getting very upset with me when I was nursing my daughter and he yelled at me, "I'm mad and I'm going to pee on the floor!" and he did just that. I didn't even know what to do. I just tried to stay calm and told him to help me clean up the mess in between his tears and mine. 
At school this year I have had three students that have also gained a sibling. How do you cope with these things at home and in school?!
1. Read them a social story. You can find one here. 
2. Daniel Tiger talks about how he helps his little sister. My kids love watching these. 




3. Give them a special job. Helping get the diapers or reading a book to the baby while you are feeding the baby or changing him or her. 

4. Try to give them some special one on one time. I know it is exhausting, but they just want to feel loved and not forgotten about. 

5. Ask others for help. My dad would take my son to open gym so he had some special time with Papa. 

6. The ideas above can be done at school for the that child too. For some of the kids school is their safe place because they know the routine and you. You can talk to them about how Special they are to be a big brother or sister, give them a special job, have them share what their favorite thing is about being an older sibling now, give them some one on one time with you. 

Have fun, stay calm, and try to remember how they feel! It is a fun, big change for everyone! 

My sister works at Sherwin Williams and she asked if I would like some paint chips. I said sure because I had a few activities I wanted to make and instead of a small box I ended up with this...
And come to find out they don't recycle these! So I had to find many uses for these because I did not want to just waste them. 
So here are some fun activities you can do with paint chips!













I have some projects in the next couple of months we are going to be making with all these paint chips too! 
Do you have any other suggestions for activities for your kiddos with paint chips?



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