Teaching your kids to swallow pills can be a challenge. Here's how I did it.

Teaching Your Kids to Swallow Pills

Owen has a g-tube. For the first several years of his life, all of his medications were liquid and we simply put them through the tube. Then he switched to the Ketogenic diet. Since liquid medicine has more carbs, they were no longer an option. For the first time, I had to figure out how to get him to swallow pills.

The doctor recommended simply crushing the pills and mixing them with water to run through the tube. That didn’t work. I kept clogging the tube and that was a mess.

So I started experimenting with ways to get Owen to swallow his medication.

The easiest way I found was to simply put the medication on a spoonful of something that Owen was eating. When he was on his special diet, it was usually Jello mixed with heavy cream.

Now that he’s off the diet, it’s most often applesauce or yogurt.

Since then, I’ve also taught Jayme and Jeffrey to swallow pills using this method. It works! Here’s some important tips I discovered along the way.

1. Don’t Mix the Meds Into the Dish of Food

I made this mistake with Owen a couple of times before I finally figured it out! You don’t want to mix the medication into the food.

Doing this means your child has to eat the entire dish. It also means it’s way harder to track which pills actually make it down the hatch.

2. Place Each Pill Directly on the Spoon

Instead of dumping the medication into the food, place each pill carefully on a spoonful of food. That way you can feed it directly and ensure it makes it where it’s supposed to go.

I’ve found it best to do one spoonful for each individual pill, but you can definitely experiment with doing two or more at the same time.

Teaching kids to swallow pills can be a challenge. Here's how I did it.
Here’s one of Owen’s meds on a spoonful of a highly desirable food. In this case, birthday cake ice cream.

3. Pick a Food Your Child Likes

You don’t want your child to fight this process. Pick a food that’s highly enjoyed. Since my kids all like applesauce, that’s our go-to for any pills that need to be taken.

4. Pick Foods That Don’t Need Chewed

This is key! Most medication that needs swallowed tastes disgusting! You don’t want your child to chew it.

Give your child a food that is just swallowed instead of one that needs chewed first. Doing so saves many taste buds!

5. Transition to Taking a Pill with Water

I’ve only done this step with my oldest. Owen still won’t swallow pills with only water. But that’s alright. Baby steps!

Once they’ve learned to swallow a pill with food, have your child try placing the pill in their mouth and washing it down with a big drink of water.

If it doesn’t go down the first time, have them try again. If they keep struggling, bring the applesauce back out and do it that way. Then you can try again with water the next time.

Practice When Appropriate

Other than Owen, who requires multiple pills on a twice daily basis, my other kids don’t take much medication. So we don’t have tons of opportunity to practice.

That means when they’re sick or on antibiotics to keep a wound from getting infected, we make the most of the opportunity. Practice when you can.

Have You Taught Your Children to Swallow Pills?

Did you use the food on a spoon method that I did, or something different? I’d love to hear what technique worked best for you in the comments section.

Farm fresh eggs are delicious! But if your chickens free-range and don't always lay in the coop, you need to know if those eggs are still good. Here are some quick tests to tell.

Are My Farm Fresh Eggs Good?

I love having chickens! I love watching them free-range around the farm–helping breakdown cow patties in the pasture, eating bugs out of the dirt, and taking dust baths in the heat of the day. I love the farm fresh eggs!

But, one downside of having free ranging birds is that they don’t always lay in the coop. My birds seem to go through cycles of laying in the coop or not. I’ve tentatively linked it to the weather, though it’s not always the case.

No matter what causes them to lay outside, it does leave me with a problem. Not always having eggs, even though I have plenty of chickens.

The kids now go on egg hunts daily, and I even pay them–10 cents per egg they find. They’ve been out searching, and bring me in eggs.

I’m left with the task of deciding whether the eggs are still good or not. In the past, I’ve solely relied on the float test. If the egg floats in water, it’s bad.

However, this failed me recently. I had a large batch of eggs to process, and they all sunk. I thought that meant they were all good. But, they weren’t.

Here are three new ways I’ve since used to tell if my farm fresh eggs are good or bad.

1. Give Them a Shake

When you shake a fresh egg, you shouldn’t feel much movement. But, when you shake an older egg, you’ll notice some definite sloshing.

I’ve learned that the sloshing when you shake an egg is an indication that it’s bad.

2. Look at the Yolk

When you crack a farm fresh egg into a separate bowl, you can easily exam it before dumping a bad egg into the dish you’re preparing. I highly recommend this!

After you’ve cracked the egg, look at the yolk. A good egg’s yolk will be mostly intact.

Conversely, a bad egg’s yolk will be completely runny.

You don’t want a runny yolk upon cracking.

3. Use Your Nose

The nose knows which eggs are past their prime. Before I add any egg to a dish, I give it a quick sniff.

You’ll recognize a bad egg instantly. It stinks!

On a side note, I also do this with my farm fresh milk. If it smells bad, I don’t use it.

You can use your nose to sniff out many kinds of bad food!

Do You Use Farm Fresh Eggs?

How do you determine if they’re good or bad? Did I miss any reliable tests?

Exciting baby news from the Tanner family! Can you guess what it is?

And Baby Makes…..10!

Yes, the Tanner family once again has super exciting news!

We are expecting baby number 8 early in 2017. Almost exactly two years will have passed since we welcomed little Brynna Ruth into the world.

Sydney is the most excited. She and I were in the local hydraulic shop picking up a repaired tractor part, and she announced out of the blue to the poor guy there–“There’s a baby in mommy’s tummy!”

She also says that it’s going to be a boy. So we shall see. Since we don’t peek during the ultrasound it’ll be awhile before we know for sure.

The other kids aren’t as convinced that it’s a boy, though Jeffrey is hoping it is. Jayme and Ellie, on the other hand, predict a girl.

A boy would leave us with an even split–four of each. A girl would leave the girls ahead 5 to 3.

How We Prepare the Other Kids for A New Baby

From the beginning we’ve taught our kids that babies are a special gift from God. That mindset has really carried over into each of them.

They look forward to a new baby. To watching the baby grow. To watching a personality develop.

Yes, children are a blessing. And Bryan and I model an attitude of excitement for the kids. We include them in going to the midwife appointments and listening to the heartbeat.

They help brainstorm names. (Bryson Luke is winning for a boy name right now, and Zoe Abigail for a girl, but those will probably change before baby actually arrives!)

Towards the end of my pregnancy, we all fill out a prediction paper. I create a little form with options for the kids to circle and fill in. They decide what day they think the baby will arrive on, what color eyes baby will have, and if baby will have hair. They circle a pound and ounce prediction and a length one.

Then they have a spot to draw a picture.

After the baby joins the family, we pull out the prediction papers and give a piece of candy out for the closest guess in each category.

Pregnancy Countdown

My first trimester has finished, and we’re looking forward to baby joining us in about six months. I’m sure the time will fly.

At least until my due date passes and I’m still pregnant. I usually go two full weeks over, and those two weeks DRAG!

I’ll be posting periodic pregnancy updates here on the blog, and will be sure and let you know if Sydney was right with her early gender prediction!

Here's our selection of Memory Hymns for 2016-2017. I'm looking forward to committing these great songs to memory with the kids!

Memory Hymns for 2016-2017

It’s that time of year again! We’ve been busy redoing our annual meal plan, updating our chore charts, and picking new memory hymns!

For the past three years, we’ve been picking a hymn to memorize each month. We use the categories from our hymnals to guide our selection.

By this coming fall, we’ll have memorized a song from each section of the hymnal! Just two sections remain. Then, our selection method will change. My husband and I picked hymns that we think are important to learn the words to.

To not just sing aimlessly, but to actually study and learn the words of. I’m really looking forward to this year’s selection!

Here’s a post detailing how some of the tips I’ve learned over the years about memorizing hymns with such a wide range of kids.

Alright, without further ado, here are the songs Bryan and I have selected for this year.

Memory Hymns for 2016-2017

August
From the Choruses Section of the hymnal
Obedience

September
From the Medley Section of the hymnal
Following Christ Medley
Which contains a verse from each of the following hymns:
*I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
*I’ll Live for Jesus
*I Just Keep Trusting in MY Lord

October
Standing on the Promises

November
Jesus Saves!

December
We always pick a Christmas song for December! This year it’ll be
Ring the Bells

January
Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

February
I Love to Tell the Story

March
Since Easter is in April in 2017, we’ll be learning a song about the cross in March.
Glory to His Name

April
We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord this month! The perfect month to learn:
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

May
A Child of the King

June
Faith Is the Victory

July
Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It

If you’re interested, here are the other hymns we’ve memorized over the years. I’ll have to go back through some of the early ones again now that some of the kids are getting older!
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016

What hymns will you be memorizing this year? Please chime in in the comments section below.

The park is the perfect place for imagination building. Here are five games that encourage creative thinking.

5 Imagination Building Games at the Park

We love going to the park! It’s a great way to break up our long monthly shopping trips, and to kill some time between appointments. The park is the perfect location for imagination building.

With just a bit of a story line, you can get your kids engaged in delightful creative play. While my youngest kids don’t really join in, my middles are the perfect age for this type of play. Here are five of my favorite scenarios to create at the park:

Pirates

We imagine the biggest play structure is our pirate ship. If you aren’t on the ship, you’re swimming! Our mission is usually to find a place to bury our treasure.

So we send out explorer pirates one at a time to scout. When everyone has had a chance, we compare notes and pick a burying spot. We drop a lifeboat and row out to the location.

We pretend to bury our treasure, and then head back to the ship before resuming our voyage.

Spaceship

We’ve also turned the big play structures into spaceships. The outlying structures are distant planets. We take turns exploring, looking for planets we can land on.

As we run out to the planet, we have to avoid the asteroids (Owen loves to sit in the gravel and throw rocks up :D). Then we have to climb up the slide to make it back into the ship, because it properly decompresses us (or something like that!)

Time Travel

Jayme and I developed this one many years ago, and it’s still a favorite. The play structure turns into a time machine. We take turns pushing buttons and traveling to a historical time period.

If you aren’t on the structure when we take off, you’re lost in time and we have to search for you! It’s great motivation to get everyone on board.

Once we land, we pretend that we don’t know where we are. We set out to explore, trying to figure out what’s what and where in history we are. We’ve seen knights, dinosaurs, and more without ever leaving the park.

When it’s time to leave, we have to jump on board for one final flight, back to the future!

Store or Restaurant

Many of the parks we visit have a little area that’s perfect for a store counter. We use the rocks as money, and take turns being customer and store owner.

It’s a great way to practice customer service skills and manners while still having fun.

Car

This one only works when there’s a steering wheel involved! One person is the driver, and gets to pick where we go. Once we arrive at our destination, it’s time to do something fun there.

We’ve taken a trip to a favorite restaurant, gone to the toy store, and visited Grandma. We’ll all get out of the car and stretch, and act out what we’d do at each location.

Then we pile back in the car and someone else gets to drive.

Do you play imagination building games at the park?

I’d love for you to share your ideas in the comments section below. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to play!

We recently headed to the drive-in theater. Here's how we made it work with the kids.

Drive-In Theater with Kids

We don’t typically head to the theater. When you add up the cost of tickets for all of us, and throw some popcorn in there, I’m sure you’ll understand why! I’m pretty sure Chicken Little was the last movie we went to as a family, and that was when we were living in San Diego and Jayme was an only child! (Oh the memories!)

But, back to my post, an ad in the newspaper caught my eye a couple weeks ago. The local drive-in theater was airing Finding Dory followed by The BFG.

Both were movies I knew the kids would enjoy. Honestly, both were movies I wanted to see! The price was nice too. Most of the family could get in for $24. That’s a really low price per movie!

So Bryan and I chatted about it, and we decided he’d stay home with Owen and the rest of the kids and I would catch the Friday night airing. I was a bit nervous. After all, the box office didn’t open until 8:45 PM. That’s way past bedtime around here!

I was a little worried about driving that late at night. We’re over an hour away from the theater!

We decided to give it a go anyways, and I’m glad we did. Here are some things I learned about tackling a drive-in theater with kids:

Plan on Waiting in Line

We got to the theater at 8:45, when the box office opened. The line wrapped all the way out onto the highway. We sat in line, slowly creeping up for an hour. Yikes!

Next time I’ll be better prepared for this, and bring some fun activities for the car. As it was, we enjoyed a few car games to pass the time!

The Movie Starts at Dark

The actual start time varies depending on the time of year. The showing we picked was late. It didn’t start airing until a few minutes before 10:00. That’s really late!

I think if we go again we’ll hit a showing either earlier or later in the season to bump that start time up a bit.

Bring Your Snacks

If your drive-in theater allows you to bring in your own snacks, do it. We popped plenty of popcorn, packed some candy, and brought along water bottles. The kids each had their own bag and snacked as they pleased. It was quite fun.

If you can’t bring snacks, I did discover that the snack bar was way lower priced than a traditional theater.

Go to the Bathroom During the Movie

Yes, you’ll miss a few minutes. But you’ll avoid the line that wraps all the way around the building. That’s a good trade off in my opinion!

Besides, thanks to rolled down windows and plenty of cars, combined with the large screen, we were able to hear the movie so we didn’t really miss a lot.

Turn on Your Car Between Features

This was a tip for my husband, and after seeing other cars at the theater needing a jump, I’m thankful he told me! Listening to the radio without the car being on drains the battery. In order to give it a little boost, you need to run your car between the movies.

Bring Blankets

The kids fell asleep. As they were dozing, they were cold. Blankets were so handy. They each wrapped up and felt cozier.

Leave When You Need To

We parked in the back. Mainly because we sat in line for over an hour before getting there. But, it worked out really well.

After the first movie, the kids started nodding off. Jayme, Simon, and I were awake at the start of the second, but we slowly started falling asleep.

I knew that if I waited much longer I might not make it all the way home so we decided to leave. There was about 1/2 an hour left in the second movie when we pulled out.

Yes, it was a bad spot to leave in–the queen was just having her nightmare from the BFG. I wanted to see how it ended. But I knew I had a long drive.

So we’ll catch the movie again when it comes out on DVD.

What Would I Do Differently?

Next time I may just plan on leaving after the first movie. The drive home was long! I may bring some hot cocoa or something similar next time and leave it in an insulated mug to stay warm for the drive home. The caffeine would have perked me up a bit.

Bring the Bus

We talked about bringing the bus. But we didn’t know how it’d work out. Next time I think we will. There were a couple of motor homes there. And we can all go if we take the bus. Having another adult would have made the drive home much easier!

An External Radio Would Help

Our car radio played for about 25 minutes before the car needed restarting. We had to restart it a lot. An external radio would prevent us from losing sound so often. If we head back again, we’ll probably invest in one!

Have you been to a drive-in theater with kids?

What was your experience like? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section! Do you even have a drive-in theater nearby? I know there definitely aren’t as many as there used to be.

The latest strategy in our battle against Pica. What are we doing now? Click through to read.

The Latest in Our Battle with Pica

Owen developed Pica in 2012. He was constantly on the lookout for things to destroy and eat. He tore through pillows, ripped tags off of clothing, and eaten books. For the past four years, we’ve dealt with emergency surgeries to remove stuck objects, worried about bowel ruptures, and dealt with chronic constipation and pain from everything this little boy would eat.

I felt helpless–every time I thought I had Owen’s room safe, he’d change his tactics and eat something else. He even disassembled a pull on a dresser and ate part of it. Life has been crazy!

The doctors never had any solutions. They just said to keep things picked up as much as possible, and agreed that his strange behavior would likely lead to more serious injury or even death.

We hated it. I think Owen even hated it, as his behavior started to take a turn for the worse. He started pinching and pulling hair. He’d come up behind one of the other kids and grab their necks. He pulled the little ones to the ground and would sit on them.

It wasn’t at all like how Owen typically acts.

The Doctor’s Recommendation

I brought this behavior up at our last appointment with the neurologist in early July. He suggested we try an anti-psychotic medication (Risperidone) to see if that’d curb the aggression. He also lowered Owen’s dose of Keppra (a seizure med known to cause agression) and added vitamin B6 to his med routine.

He also agreed to refer Owen to the behavior specialist in town.

I was hesitant about the new medication. The list of side effects was pretty heavy. But, my gut told me to say yes. And I’m glad I did.

You see, ever since we gave Owen his first half dose over a week ago, he’s eaten very little that wasn’t food. He’s even left some papers alone.

He’s still eaten a few things, and destroyed a newspaper, but the Pica has definitely been curbed. We are so thankful!

Pica and the Med

We’re hopeful that as we continue to get Owen used to this new med, and increase the dose, that the remaining Pica effects will disappear.

But, even if they don’t we’re rejoicing over how much progress he’s shown already.

And as an even bigger bonus, his aggression stopped instantly as well.

We’ve noticed a couple of side effects related to sleep:

-He’s sleeping more during the day
-He’s waking up at night more(but since he’s done this since birth it’s hard to blame this drug)

We haven’t noticed any facial movements, ticks, or increased seizures (which are all possible side effects.)

Balancing Owen’s care is hard. We always wonder if we’re making the right decision. And we don’t ever want to medicate just for the sake of medicating.

Since it takes a while for the body to adjust to a new med, we still aren’t sure of long-term effects. But we’re taking it one day at a time.

And enjoying the way the Pica slowed down. It’s a definite answer to prayer!

Bacon grease and jello. What a combination. Click through and read my tale.

The Unfortunate Tale of Jello & Bacon Grease

Brynna’s crying woke me up. As I pulled on my glasses, I hit the button on the side of my FitBit. 3:24 AM.

I groaned and rolled out of bed. Brynna has been sleeping through the night for a while now, and I was slightly annoyed that she was awake.

But as I hit the bottom of the stairs, I realized that the baby being awake was the least of my worries. Owen’s bedroom door was wide open.

If you remember, Owen’s room features a Dutch door, which we lock from the outside each night. Except I think I must have forgotten to lock the door before I headed to bed last night.

Because Owen was out. And the noise coming from the kitchen told me what had woken up the baby.

Now wide awake, I headed to the kitchen, terrified of what I’d find.

A Greasy, Nasty Kitchen

It was worse than I imagined. You see, I was planning on cooking hashbrowns in bacon grease for breakfast. So my jar of bacon grease was sitting on the counter when I went to bed.

The jar was now on the floor, almost completely empty. The contents had been smeared across the counters, cupboards, and floor.

But bacon grease wasn’t the only mess. We’d eaten Jello for a snack last night, and one of the kids had left half a bowl on the counter. That red Jello joined the bacon grease across the surfaces of my poor kitchen.

Ew! The whole place was a greasy, nasty mess.

Owen also found the donuts I had set aside to send with Bryan. Since only crumbs remained, I’m guessing he at least ate most of those. But the crumbs stuck to the bacon grease in a way I hope you never get to experience.

Trying the Door

Owen has recently learned to open our front door. His sticky hand prints told me that he had indeed tried this night as well. I’m so thankful that we locked the deadbolt before heading to bed. Otherwise, he easily could have headed outside in the middle of the night instead of just hanging out in the kitchen.

That realization was terrifying. I’ve heard of other special needs children ending up outside in the middle of the night, but it wasn’t something I ever thought we’d experience. I’m so thankful that he can’t yet work the deadbolt!

Comforting & Cleaning

Brynna was still crying as I took in the mess. I knew that even though I wanted to clean it up, right now wasn’t the time to start. I’d just make a lot of noise and wake everyone else up.

So as hard as it was to pull myself away, I just got Owen out of the kitchen, washed up the best I could, and changed. I put him back in bed with a movie and a cup of water.

Then I comforted Brynna and got her back to sleep on the couch. Owen still wasn’t sleeping by this point, so I went to his bed and we both finally fell asleep about 5.

What a night!

Takeaways

I really thought I’d locked Owen’s door last night, but I’m going to assume I just forgot. Because the only other possibility is that he learned to reach over the door and unlock it.

He’s tall enough to do it, but I really hope that’s not what happened. Otherwise we’ll have to find a new way to keep his door locked.

I’m thankful that he didn’t break any glass, get into the dishwasher soap, or anything else like that. It could have been much worse!

Oh, and if you’re ever in a position to have to clean up crumb covered, Jello, Bacon grease slime from your kitchen, may I recommend Dawn? It worked wonders!

Though I think I’ll be finding this gross mixture around for a while. I’m sure I didn’t get it all in one go.

I hope you had a more restful night than I did, with no tales of bacon and jello!

Screen time can be tricky. Here's how we're currently handling it.

How We Handle Screen Time

Screen time is a never ending struggle here. Owen thrives on screen time–he engages with his iPad, pays attention to videos, and really needs the stimulation.

At night, his iPad has allowed me to get at least some sleep. We’ve even installed a TV in the boys’ room, connected just to our Apple TV in case his iPad dies in the middle of the night.

But, the other kids don’t need as much screen time.

Instead of calming them down, the stimulation causes the opposite. They get wired, and definitely need a way to shake their excess energy.

Of course we run into the–it’s not fair, why does Owen get to watch a movie and we don’t. Our standby answer is usually along the lines of life isn’t fair–why do you get to talk and he doesn’t? That usually puts things into perspective.

Still, our kids probably have more screen time than many other families. We all have to do what works for us!

Here are some of our thoughts for handling screen time in our family.

1. No TV/Wii Until After Lunch

During the school year, this keeps the kids accountable for what they HAVE to do before doing what they WANT to do. They’ve accomplished school and chores by lunchtime, and we’re okay with them taking a break.

During the summer, we’re a little more lax 🙂 it’s summer! But they still have things they HAVE to do before it can go on.

2. Weekends Have More Screen Time

On the weekends, we don’t have the lunchtime rule. We’ll often watch a movie as a family in the morning, or play a competitive game of Mario Kart.

3. Each Child Gets 1/2 an Hour of Wii on Their Day

The kids each get the Wii for 1/2 an hour on their day. They’ll often invite a sibling to join them, which is fine with me. I really like to keep close tabs on the video games–so this gives everyone something to look forward to instead of just wanting to play all the time.

4. I Put Educational Games on the iPad

The kids enjoy playing on the iPad with Owen. So I put some educational games on there. If they’re going to be playing, they might as well be learning! 🙂

5. I Accept that Life is Crazy and Some Days We’ll Watch More TV

Life around here is hectic. We never know when Owen will have a massive seizure and need to go to the doctor/hospital, or when a cow will get out.

Things happen.

And when they do, I usually turn on the TV. It’s something that will keep the kids out of trouble while I take care of the crisis.

And I’ve slowly learned to accept this. My kids will watch more TV than others, and that’s okay. We just try to balance it out with other fun, non-screen related activities.

How Do You Handle Screen Time?
I’d love to hear what works for your family! I know we’re all different!

Inclusive toys let everyone join in on the fun. Click through to discover our five favorite.

Our Five Favorite Inclusive Toys

Finding toys that all the kids can play with can be challenging. It can’t be too small or the littles or Owen will eat them. It can’t be too babyish, or the older kids won’t be interested. But, we’ve found success with these five inclusive toys.

If you’re looking for ideas to integrate a child with special needs, or a wide-range of ages, you might consider these. They’ve been sure boredom busters around here!

Just so you know, this post does contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy something, I’ll receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you.

1. A Bubble Machine

This was Owen’s most recent birthday gift. He has always loved bubbles. This little device spits them out so fast.

We have to be careful to keep it out of reach, but it’s fun for everyone. We’ve:

  • Put on music and had a bubble dance party
  • Brought it outside and just played in the yard with bubbles all around
  • Counted how many bubbles we could pop
  • Compared sizes of bubbles
  • Tried to catch bubbles

Bubbles are definitely fun for all ages. I can see gallons and gallons of them in our future!

2. Mega Bloks

My kids all love building with construction bricks. While many of them can’t yet play with actual LEGOs, we all enjoy getting out the big drawer full of Mega Bloks.

We have building challenges, work together to build something, or even just try and make baskets while throwing them.

Owen will sit and play with them for a long time. He puts them in the drawer and dumps them back out on his head. Then he takes apart towers that other people build for him. It’s so nice to have something he can’t eat!

3. Our Rescue Bot Collection

We have almost all of the Rescue Bots, and they’ve been a blast to play with. They are super simple to transform, and hold up well to Owen’s roughness.

We have the larger ones–here’s what Chase looks like:

We use these to act out the TV show as we watch it (my kids were so glad when season four finally started!). We also pull them out with our other character based toys and create our own crossovers.

4. Our Lycra Swing

This one was blessing to Owen from the local Elks. He participates in the therapy program, and was the guest of honor at one of their dinners. They did a fundraiser that night, and raised enough so Owen could get this swing.

All the kids LOVE it! We used to have it hanging in our living room, but because of the drop ceiling we have we weren’t able to secure it to a beam and it eventually pulled out.

We’re building an outdoor swing set this summer, and this swing will be going up. Until then, we bring it out and hang it on the clothesline.

Owen also has the tunnel, sheet, and sack from this company and they get a lot of use!

5. A Parachute

I picked this up at Toys R’ Us a while back, and we’ve used it a lot. It takes me back to grade school PE class.

We try to keep balls in the air, raise it up high and have someone run under it, and are working on switching places while it’s up.

Owen loves having it raised up and down over him.

Do You Use Inclusive Toys?

I’d love for you to share your favorite toys for either a wide-range of ages, or for kids with special needs in the comment section. I’m always on the lookout for new favorites–and having suggestions will make shopping for Owen much easier in the future!