Dinosaur Dig Sensory Bin (and Birthday Party Giveaway)

Dinosaur dig sensory bin and birthday party giveaway favor - paleontology excavation - moon sand recipe - dino fossils - real gemstones and seashells - sensory processing disorder - adhd - play - imagination


My son’s birthday party is coming up and the theme he chose is dinosaurs.  In preparation for party game prizes I typically head for coloring books and cheapo novelty toys, but this year’s theme took me in a different direction.  As I was brainstorming activities, I wondered if the kids could “excavate” some cool prizes while unearthing pretend fossils.  After some digging (pardon the pun) I figured the best way to pull this off was to use an item I keep seeing on Pinterest:  sensory bins.

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Homemade Shirley Temples (aka Kiddie Cocktails) with DIY Grenadine and Maraschino Cherries

Homemade ADHD friendly Shirley Temples - Kiddie Cocktails made with only 5 ingredients, low in sugar and no added colors.  Recipe for grenadine and maraschino cherries.  Uses pomegranate juice, sucanat, pitted cherries, lemon juice and lemon-lime Zevia
Unlike mainstream kiddie drink ingredients, this one isn’t made of just sugar-flavored sugar and DayGlo color additives.


This is by far the easiest copycat recipe I’ve ever created.  And it side-steps all the high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors of store-bought grenadine and maraschino cherries.  The ingredients were tailored to accommodate my son’s ADHD diet, so there is an emphasis on natural ingredients and reduced sugars.

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Not your typical cookie-cutter homemade gift: Microwave Popcorn Pucks

Not your typical cookie-cutter homemade gift - Microwave Popcorn Pucks
Not your typical cookie-cutter homemade gift – Microwave Popcorn Pucks

My son’s nutritionist told me to increase his healthy fats and use expeller pressed coconut oil.  After much experimenting in the kitchen, my favorite use for coconut oil so far is for popping popcorn.  My son loves popcorn for a snack and it adds fat to his diet without unnecessary sugars.

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