I have a child with very high sensory needs…and boy, can that be an issue during the holidays. We are on-the-go, shopping, partying, wrapping, cooking, and a lot of riding in the car for Miss Rosalie. She needs to get her hands into something that gives her a lot of sensory input. If I don’t provide it, she will find it herself…say for instance, by pouring a Costco size bottle of hair conditioner on the carpet and swirling it around with her hands. Not good. But understandable if her brain really needs it. If I provide appropriate stimulation, then we don’t have nearly the amount of inappropriate mess making.
During today’s devotion, I thought I’d giver her some of that sensory input that she needs. I let her mix up some slime to play with during devotions, with the instruction that “It must stay in the bowl.” She played nicely with it, and keeps going back to it, observing how the consistency is changing.
Christmasy Slime Recipe
1 1/2 cups liquid starch
3 4 oz. bottles of Elmers Glue
1 squirt green liquid water color or food coloring
Mix all ingredients together with your hands.
Over time it will go from a liquid to a silly putty consistancy!
Rest here and happy. Rest happy as only children can be happy in the days before Christmas. Rest happy and love this story of a coming King who prepares the downtrodden for Christmas by becoming the Way, who lays Himself down in the creche, on the Cross, so we can lie down and rest. You are unconditionally accepted and unbelievably wanted because you don’t merely know of Him; you are related to Him by blood.
He comes for your in the wildernesses.
You are most prepared for Christmas when you are done trying to make your performance into the gift and instead revel in His presence as the Gift.
The Greatest Gift – Ann Voskamp