* Camp Stimey Spring Break Sensory & Social Skills Special Session
School is out of session for spring break, which can only mean one thing: Camp Stimey is IN SESSION.
I have all kinds of plans to work on our social skills and social thinking this week, along with a bunch of fun sensory things to do.
Day One was a little bit of a disappointment. Or rather, Day One was a completely successful Day of Preparation and Tedium. We went to speech therapy (social skills!!!) and then we came home and played some video games (crazy sensory input!!!) and I took a nap (um, I got nothing).
But then we went to the grocery store (social skills put into practice!!!). Jack and Quinn happily and socially hung out in the little car cart at the store, while Sam whined the entire time about wanting to sit down.
Unfortunately there were five reasons he couldn’t sit down:
1. He is far too huge to cram himself into that little car cart.
2. He is far too huge to sit in the little seat at the front of the cart.
3. We were, you know, at the grocery store.
4. Jack and Quinn are waaay more unpredictable than Sam is at the grocery store and there is no way I was about to release them into the aisles of the store while Sam sat in the car part of the cart. A
little lot of whining was a small price to pay to not lose the little ones.
5. I wasn’t about to give in to the WHIIIIIIIIINING!
Then Alex came home and we had a big fight (what not to do with social skills!!!).
Day One, fini.
Day Two was better. Here’s a hint as to what Day Two consisted of:
Why, yes, we did go to a store dedicated solely to the sale of Peeps and Peeps-related merchandise.
Yes, Day Two was Peeps at National Harbor Day!
For the social skills part, we went with my friend E and her two kids. And, yes, our whole point in going to National Harbor was to go to the Peeps store. We sort of figured that the rest would work itself out. I gotta tell you, sometimes those we’ll-just-figure-it-out-when-we-get-there trips are the best. Today? Case in point.
The Peep store was fun, except for when I bought a pound of bulk Mike and Ikes and then Sam dropped half of them on the floor immediately after I paid for them. Fortunately, the cashier was super nice and let Sam replace them free of charge. I imagine that must happen a lot there.
I think the best part of the day was the sculpture on the beach at the Harbor though. It is called The Awakening and it is made up of five separate pieces put together to look like a giant (or, if your kids have just seen Percy Jackson, Poseidon) rising up from the sand.
My kids kind of hogged the giant’s mouth. Maybe they’ll grow up to be dentists.
But Peeps and sculpture cannot a whole day make. We stopped for lunch at a burger joint where both Jack and Quinn put the ketchup bottle from the table into their mouths. Bllleeeecccchhh! *shudder*
I took the offending bottle to the counter, but it got me thinking about how often stuff like that happens. To my ketchup bottle. That gets left on the table. For me to use. Oh, right. And I was bummed out about the germs my kids got from the bottle too.
Right next door to our lunch zone was the Launch Zone, which is a mini precursor to the National Children’s Museum, which is slated to open in, like, 2013, juuuuust after my kids age out of children’s museums. The Launch Zone is basically a one-room space for kids to whet their little science-y appetites.
Here’s Sam doing science:
This next photo is a little closer, right? Here is Jack doing science.
Oh, here we go! A magnifying glass. We have science!!
After this, we had to bodily wrestle Jack away from the sand on the beach, which is his particular favorite sensory thing.
Day Two? Fresh air, candy, and art for four hours FTW!
Coming tomorrow: Supah Social Day! Now With Sleepover!