Prayers For Savannah

Thank Heaven For The WordPress Community

Today, I put away the paint and the Mod Podge to speak from the heart. When I began this humble little blog over a year ago, I really had no idea how wonderful the Word Press community would be!  You all have taught me so much, and although we have never met in the “real” world, your experiences and willingness to share, has helped me through some tough times.    As people we are all faced with different challenges every day and it really is all about the attitude we choose in order to get through it.  I am so grateful to anyone who stops by to read or leave a comment and if you have, you already know that I will gladly return the good will with a blog follow, and try my best to stop by all of these wonderful blogs to keep in touch.  I find myself snuggling up in bed at night with my lap top, desperately trying to wind down from the average hectic day reading about your lives, stories, ideas and it is truly inspiring. One blog in particular has inspired me like no other and I thought I would share that blog with you today.  That blog is The Crayon Box Chronicles. cropped-colored-crayons-macro-wallpapers_35031_2560x16004 My toddler apprentice has been enrolled in a prekindergarten special education program.  She has been getting speech and occupational therapy.  We try to exist day-to-day, hoping with the continued success and progress our daughter is making, that one day we will be able to put this behind us.  Of course the future is still unknown, and that is the hardest part.    Her therapists  have encouraged us to engage her in sensory play activities.  I created a DIY version of a Sensory Play Table.    I began searching  Pinterest and other Word Press blogs for ideas and that is how I discovered the Crayon Box Chronicles.   Heather shares some amazing play activities that she enjoys with her son and I have enjoyed reading and following.   She was overjoyed to find out she was pregnant with a girl, but during a routine 19 week ultrasound, it was discovered little Savannah Hope had  CDH, congenital diaphragmatic hernia.   It is a birth defect in which the diaphragm does not close as it should allowing the organs to crowd the chest cavity.  This does not allow the lungs to fully develop.  A heartbreaking diagnosis during what is usually a time of joy. I have never met Heather or her family, but was amazed to see the amount of love and grace in which this family is handling the many daily obstacles, and those which lie ahead.  There is nothing more inspiring than love for a child and HOPE which just happens to be this little blessing’s middle name.  It puts life in prospective, and it certainly reminds us all to live life to the fullest every day, and not take one day on this earth for granted. For those who wish to donate, they have an active fundraiser campaign going on now.  For anyone that has gone through the devastating effects of a chronic illness, understand not only the emotional toll, but the financial one as well.  That being said, if you are able to donate you can do so here.  Any amount is appreciated by the family, but if it is impossible to give, There is something this little girl needs now more than anything and that is your positive thoughts and prayers. 10463061_10152144293807006_5027494006055771139_n Little Savannah and her family are in the battle of their lives and are requesting as many prayer warriors as they can to fight this battle along with them. They have set up a  facebook page that documents Savannah Hope’s CDH  journey, and brings further awareness to this horrible birth defect which according to the CDH awareness website  CHERUBS  effects 1 in every 2,500 births (1,600 cases in the U.S. alone each year). Stop by for a visit, like and share.  This amazing family is looking forward to your kind words, and prayers for their little girl.  It will give them strength during the toughest of times.  Show them why the Word Press blogging community is the best there is! Peace and love to you all Danielle (On The Upcycle Mom) Precious Baby Girl e3bf3223-3da4-4527-b078-2d1e288ace9a Prayers For Savannah Hope

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Why Not DIY? Toddler Sensory Play Table

When I first heard about sensory play, I loved the idea!  It allows a child to explore their world at home (and get a little or a lot messy in the process) It has many benefits and plays an important role in child development.  It allows all children to explore their world with all of their senses, sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste.  It boosts language skills, stimulates developement and helps children who have autism or are on the spectrum and children with sensory integration dysfunction disorder.

Many of you have already seen the sand and water tables sold at the big box stores in the summertime.  This is a similar concept.  These outdoor sensory play tables are easy to recreate indoors from items found in your home. I had seen a few home-made versions of play tables on the web and thought my 33 month old daughter would love playing with one.  I had tried a simple plastic bin on the floor, but it became too messy.  I had to come up with a better solution.

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I had an old end table in our attic that we hadn’t used in years.  I thought this would make a great foundation for this project. I found three great red, yellow and green plastic bins at a thrift store, that would hold various sensory play materials. You can use rice, sand, elbow macaroni and so much more in these plastic tubs.  Just remember to be mindful of your child’s age and whether certain materials may pose a choking risk.

First, I painted the entire table.  I used red acrylic paint and covered the table tops and legs.  I allowed it to dry between coats. Full coverage was a total of three coats of paint.

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Once the table was completely dry, I used Mod Podge for the initial seal and a layer of polyurethane to protect the table if it were to get wet during messier types of play.  I cleaned the plastic bins with soapy water and used a total of 12 Phillips head screws (4 per bin) and an electric screwdriver to anchor the bins to the table.  It was important for the contents of the bins to stay in the bins (mostly) and this would also not allow them to tip over.

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I had an alphabet puzzle and animal magnets lying around the house.  I thought these would add a fun element the to project while encouraging letter recognition.  I decided to spell out my daughter’s name on the front of the table and for the sides place the alphabet puzzle pieces on either side of the table: ABC,XYZ. The animal magnets I placed on the front of the bins.  I used a hot temp glue gun to permanently adhere them to the table and the bins.

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I went to Dollar Tree and purchased the materials for the bins.  These were the items I thought a child her age would have fun playing while minimizing mess:

plastic Easter eggs

fake coins

rice

elbow macaroni

left over alphabet puzzle pieces

pom-pom balls

great to also include shovels and cups.

I also picked up a foam number puzzle.  I had space on the back of the table, so I hot glued the puzzle sans the pieces to the table for additional educational play.

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I dumped the items in the pins and hid the coins, letters and poms in the macaroni and the rice. This also helps a child’s fine motor skills.  The plastic eggs went in a separate bin.  The play table was now ready for a curious 2 1/2 year-old girl to explore her senses. She loved it and it kept her attention for a long time!  She loved digging and pulling out the coins and letters and running the rice through her fingers.

You can create themed bins, and change materials as much as you like. Check out a few more ideas for DIY sensory tables.

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