Sometimes we all need a little help to stay organized during the busy mornings before school. Before your kids go back to school, make these helpful Backpack Shrinky Dink Zipper Charms to provide a visual reminder of daily must-haves at school. This fun idea is just one of many in The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day: Awesome Games and Crafts to Master Your Moods, Boost Focus, Hack Mealtimes, and Help Grown-Ups Understand Why You Do the Things You Do by Dayna Abraham.
The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day
Before I get into the project, let me give you a bit more info about The Superkids Activity Guide To Conquering Every Day. Dayna wrote this book to help kids who often are misunderstood, many of whom have sensory processing issues like my eldest daughter. You may know Dayna from her blog, Lemon Lime Adventures. She’s a mom, writer, and teacher whose mission is to empower kids with the tools and skills they need to control their behaviors, explain their feelings, and boost confidence. Not only that, she wants to help parents better understand their children.
The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day contains 75 sensory-rich projects related to daily challenges like morning routines, eating new foods, doing homework, and more. The activities are easy to follow with plenty of full-color photographs, step by step directions, and tips for parents. Some of my favorite projects include: Race to the Finish Dinnertime Gameboard, Cool as a Cucumber Calm-Down Kit, Squishy Sight Words, and Crash Landing (a Stuffed Animal Crash Pad).
Back to School Backpack Zipper Charms (To Stay Organized)
The book provides directions and a template for making the Backpack Zipper Charms. These will help kids stay organized before and after school.
You’ll need: scissors, a hole punch, Shrinky Dink paper, markers or colored pencils, and a keyring.
Trace the images from the back of the book OR make your own. (If you want your charms to be bigger than mine, you can always trace around the top of a drinking cup and design your own images.)
We traced over the book’s provided images.
When you have everything you want to be in your backpack each morning, cut out the circles and hole punch a hole in the top.
Bake in the toaster oven (or oven) for 1 to 3 minutes at 325.
Here’s a before picture:
When cool, add to a keyring and to your backpack’s zipper pull.
Each morning, use your new fancy zipper charms to double check you have everything you need. Talk about staying organized!
When you leave school, use the same charms to be sure you are bringing home everything you brought to school. See how helpful?!
These charms give kids a visual reminder that should result in less nagging, less forgetting, and more success.
I love it! How about you?
I love the intention behind this book as well as the variety of empowering activities. This book is for any parent who has a unique, wonderful child that could use extra support in their daily life. To learn more about the Superkids Movement, visit this website.
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