Go on a hunt with your child/parent to find unusual, everyday objects to use for this project. Look in your kitchen; garage; drawers filled w/ “junk”; old or discarded toys, etc. Recycle old socks – any dingy-ness will be erased by dying them. You can purchase dye or, use watered-down paint you might already have.
You can punch holes in the socks and thread yarn or ribbon to tie items onto the sock.Materials can be glued on, sewn on, wrapped on, painted on, etc.
Set the challenge bar at a pace where both of you are having fun!
Communicate in whatever way works best for you and your child to create a back and forth dialogue. Talk, text, write, video – whatever is the most comfortable for both of your to be able to ask questions about what the child thinks every step of the way. You may ask questions, or you may make statements such as “Here are two cool things we can use on our sock which one do you want to use first?”
Always presume competence.
Take Photographs of each step of your project to show how the project evolves. Remember to post them to SquagSocial, title them, and add a description so all the squaggers can see what you’ve created and comment on it.
Consider giving a sock as a gift to someone in need of cheering up; as a present; get-well, etc. or ask your child if they are interested in telling you a story about their puppet(s). You can also use your finished puppet to talk about feelings; emotions; social stories, friendships, and other skills. Often, kids will open up when it’s the puppet acting, saying or doing – words/experiences that might be harder coming straight from them. Puppets can be conduits to ongoing learning.
Most importantly, have fun!
OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW:
The Process is more important in making this project than the outcome.
Active Discussion / Sharing about recycling is a part of the process,
ABOUT KERI BOWERS:
Filmmaker / Advocate / Speaker / Author / Artist / Mom
For nearly 3 decades, Keri has used the arts as “free/low cost” power tools & core values in her work in film & skills building – and with her autistic son, Taylor (now 27), and his younger brother, Jace. With active goals, objectives & outcomes built in mind, Keri emphasizes the use of fine art, drama, movement/ dance, music, video modeling, and film to develop skills including language, cognition, social, life, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being to grow skills with autistic kids and adults. The process is generally more important than the outcome.
Keri’s films include Normal People Scare Me Too (2016); ARTS (2008); The Sandwich Kid (2007) and Normal People Scare Me (2006). Keri is the co-founder of The Art of Autism, and is a featured contributor to Autism Asperger’s Digest Magazine. Books include: Autism Movement Therapy; Waking Up the Brain, w/ Joanne Lara, and Mapping Transitions to Your Child’s Future. Keri has been an art director for The Friendship Circle of Agoura Hills for 7 years; helping dozens of kids each month create and explore.
To purchase Keri’s film(s) visit www.normalfilms.com