The first year my special needs son tolerated his first fireworks, was special for me. It was one of those milestones that a special needs mom appreciates. My son’s auditory processing was super sensitive when he was very little, so loud sounds were too much for him.
But, his first year with fireworks, he watched me hold the sparklers, then he told me to throw them, and then he finally held his own. Before you know it, he was standing out in the yard waving sparklers and singing a song to God. I am not sure what he was singing, other than “yeah, God!” at the end….I wish I had video recorded that.
Now he loves the fireworks and they are a tradition he cannot live without!
Watermelon and the 4th seem to go hand in hand in our family, and to help with the messiness of a slice of watermelon and my special needs son’s sensory issues, I made watermelon pops. They are super easy and a fun treat for everyone.
Watermelon Ice Pops How-to
3 cups of watermelon (or a combination of watermelon and another fruit)
1 cup of sugar
What you do:
Cut up your watermelon and toss it into a blender or a food processor. I used my food processor, because I did not have a blender on hand. Blend the fruit until you have 3 cups of liquid.
Pour the liquid into your molds and stick in the freezer. I used two different kinds of molds, which is what I had on hand. I have also bought some really great Popsicle molds at Dollar Tree, which keep the liquid from just melting on your children’s hands (great for the sensory sensitive kids!).
Freeze until solid and serve!
Watermelon ice pops are kid approved, and a great way to re-hydrate and cool off.