Mother's Day Card: I love you to pieces

Here in the UK, we've already celebrated Mother's Day, but I thought I would share some of our Mother's Day crafts again for my US followers who are going to be celebrating soon. In our class, we love to make a fuss of our parents on Mother's Day and Father's Day so we get the kids to do lots of fun crafts and baking in the class to give to them. 




This 3 fold card is actually super easy to make and looks absolutely amazing - it looks even better in the flesh. These are actually super simple to make, so don't be put off.

What you will need;
  • Tissue paper in different colours ripped up into small pieces
  • Heart template
  • Felt pens
  • Large white card
What you need to do;
  1. Fold your white card into 3 pieces
  2. On the first page, stick some of the tissue paper pieces on and write 'mum'
  3. On the second page, stick some more of the tissue paper pieces on and write 'i love you'
  4. On the third and final page, stick down the heart template, then stick on some of the ripped tissue paper pieces. Then add 'to pieces' on the bottom.
  5. Finished
Nikki 
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Ways to Cool Down on Hot School Days

Are you still in School when the days get hot? Does your classroom get even hotter than normal and get your students - and yourselves - all antsy and hot and bothered? Then check out these 10 ways that you can help cool everyone down..


10 ways to keep cool in the classroom

1) Paddling Pools


A lot of Schools aren't able to allow students to go into paddling pools and use swimwear but you can use paddling pools in lots of different ways. You can dip your feet in them, you can sit around the sides and just play with the water. The great thing about cool water is it's going to cool you down! 

  2) Water Pistol Fight!


So, in the Summer we always ask parents to send in some spare clothes and if they're happy for them to have some water play - they always are, especially when it means helping their children stay cool. Now, we tend to keep this activity as an after dinner one so we've done our work for the day and then it's relax time. We change them into their spare clothes, go out into the garden and give the students their own water pistol each, then have fun! You can either get them to shoot water at each other or at obstacles around the garden, at staff, at themselves etc. This is a free choice activity and just a way for them to cool down so you can encourage them to play as they wish - within means.

3) Water Bombs


Have you seen these bunch o bombs? Our kids had so much fun last summer filling them up and throwing them onto the floor and watching them burst! We put wellies on them so they could throw them to the floor and not worry about their shoes getting wet. It was a great way for the students to cool down.

4) Outside areas

If you have an outside space, invest in a pop up gazebo to provide some shade when outside. You can put a table of cool drinks, ice or water play under here to give students somewhere to go to cool down.

5) Cooling Mist Spray


This spray is one of our most important items during the hot, summer months. You can spray it onto your face to cool you down or on any body part - and onto students. When we mentioned this to the parents of the kiddos in our class, they all invested in some and sent it in with permission for us to put onto our kids, we always taught our kids how to apply it to themselves when they are really hot - it really helps cool them down quickly.

6) Make frozen lollies!


This is great for you to do together with your students. Just simply invest in some lollipop moulds, fill them with juices, water, chopped fruit, whatever you want then put them into the freezer and let them go hard. Once done, you can pull them out on hot days to help cool everyone down. 

7) Have lots of FLUIDS



The most important thing to do during the hot, summer days is having lots of fluids available. Make sure you take cool water drinks through the day, allow extra breaks for students to be able to grab a glass of water - encourage water over sodas and try to engage your students with working on dehydration and the importance of fluids.

8) Fans


If you are able to invest in some electrical fans and have them around the classroom - do it! Put them out of the reach of your students and if you can have more than one, dot them around the room to rotate around.

9) Blinds


If you have blinds in your classroom, try to keep these closed where possible - either around all of the room or most of the room, this avoids letting the sun into the room heating it up and also provides shaded areas for your students.

10) Ice Play


Use the summer months to learn about ice and the arctic. You can use this opportunity for lots of ice play in the classroom, especially in tough-spots where you can have ice all around for students to play with, this will help to create a cooling atmosphere.

I hope these tips help you to stay cool in the classroom! Do you struggle with a hot classroom/learning space? What tips/tricks have you picked up?

Nikki 

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Pixie Dust Fortnight: Freebie!

Today as part of my pixie dust fortnight, I've put one of my paid resources to FREE! This is for today only so head on over quick to get it for free and remember to leave some feedback!


This resource contains 2 different types of Spring themed counting task cards; put a peg on the correct number or circle the correct number. 

22 different task cards in total ranging in numbers from 0-20. 

There are 4 task cards per page and come in color/colour and black/white option. 

There are instructions included on the front page of the document. I recommend cutting them out individually and then laminating them, this will make them stronger and longer lasting - meaning you can use them over and over again.


So, what are you waiting for? Check it out here.

Nikki 
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$1 Pixie Dust

There's not many more days left of my pixie dust fun.. so be sure to grab the deals while you see them! Today, I'm reducing my very popular conversation prompt task cards down to just $1! You'll never see them this low again!


This resource includes 104 different prompt cards to help and encourage students to make conversation.

Conversation is a hard skill for our students to master, especially when trying to start one. These prompt cards help to break the ice and encourage your students to feel more supported and confident when starting a conversation. A conversation helps to build relationships between students or even staff. It's also a great way for you to find out more about your students in class - especially if you have many shy students who usually struggle to keep a conversation flowing.

So, if you think this resource will be a big hit with your students - get it now when it's just $1! Check it out here.

Nikki 


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Pixie Dust Summer

Pixie Dust fortnight is almost coming to an end. I've had so much fun pixie dusting you all with some great resources i'll be sad to see it come to an end.

Today you can grab my Summer adapted / sentence building books pack reduced from $8 to $2!!



This pack includes 7 different sentence building / adapted books all related to Summer theme. All books come in b/w and col option but 2. The books come in different levels of sentence building to suit individual learners.

Check it out here.

Nikki 
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TWO Pixie Dust Resources!

So, as you may know my pixie dust fortnight continues.. I'm doing this fun pixie dust fortnight as a one time event just because I'm having so much fun on my Disney holiday, I wanted to share some pixie dust love with all my teaching/professional friends around the World.

So, today is a little bit different because I'm pixie dusting you TWO fabulous resources! These are going to be reduced for TODAY ONLY so hurry and buy them quick while you've got time!

First up is my Sorting Categories Task Cards (a GROWING bundle!)


This resource is a growing bundle of different sorting categories task cards. A growing bundle means that more activities will be added to the bundle over time. 

This resource is a great way for students to work on their sorting and categorising skills. They are used with an Autism Classroom on a regular basis which have really helped to develop the children's understanding. As well as suiting an Autism Classroom, this resource would also benefit Spec Ed Classrooms and even Mainstream Classrooms.

This resource is currently worth over $60 and is going to be added to as I made more task cards over time. But today, you can grab it for just $5!!!

How can you refuse an offer like that?
Check it out here.

And second, we have my Community Helpers Activity Bundle.


Now, this activity bundle is packed full of amazing resources that you can use your community helpers unit. It has over 700 pages of resources and is worth over $40! There are a wide range of different activities included that will keep your students engaged, focused and eager to learn throughout your community helpers topic. And today only you can grab this great resource pack for just $2.50!!

This is an amazing deal and you won't want to miss it!
Check it out here.

I hope you're enjoying my pixie dust fortnight and grabbing yourself some great resources at amazing prices!

Nikki 
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Pixie Dust Fortnight Continued...

So, are you all enjoying my pixie dust fortnight? Today is another special treat as I've reduced my GROWING bundle of SOCIAL STORIES to JUST $5!! 😱

But you'll have to hurry because it's for today only!


This bundle is constantly growing with more social stories being added over time. Purchase it today for just $5 and you'll get lifetime updates to all the new stories that get added!

Many students with autism are visual learners and like to learn through seeing something in action. These book come complete with matching and simple yet engaging graphics to help describe what is being said on the page.

So, what are you waiting for? Check it out here!

Nikki 
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2 Weeks of Surprises!

Hi all!
I'm currently away on vacation in Orlando and I am LOVING the heat! While I'm having fun at Disney I wanted to share some pixie dust magic with you al!!

So, over the next 2 weeks, keep an eye on my social media accounts - either here or my instagram @teachingautism - for some great deals. Who knows what could be offered? Bundles could be reduced crazy low, resources could be 1/2 price, some resources could even be made FREE!

Today, I'm kick starting the fun with my 



This bundle is currently valued at $62.10 and is PACKED full of great write the room activities that you can use year round. AND it's a growing bundle, so the more 'write the room' activities that I make they will all get added to this bundle - giving you free lifetime updates!

TODAY ONLY, you can grab this bundle for NOT $62.10, but $7.50!

But hurry, this deal is for today only!

Check it out here and remember to keep checking back on here and my social media accounts for more great deals over the next 2 weeks. 

Nikki 


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