DIY wipe off menu board is one of those projects that you are able to finish several of in one afternoon but also easy enough to have children help. I don’t know about you but Christmas sneaks up on me like a ninja. I make all these over the top plans only to realize on the 21st that I’m way behind. Way behind is one thing but out of money is something else altogether. I like to give presents to people that work with Logan like therapists . Who am I kidding? I like to give presents to everyone. While receiving gifts is not my primary love language (it’s acts of service), it is certainly up there in the love languages for me. I have to either rein myself in or find a way to come up with a quick, cheap but still looks nice gift.
Menu boards are a great way to help your child with autism know what is coming for the meal. Children with autism love schedules. We have this one up and always updated to let Logan keep in the know about what food choices. Menu planning is also a frugal way to stretch your money so you can afford all the other autism costs. This wipe off menu board idea came off Pinterest where all good ideas originate. There are a plethora on there as simple or ornate as you want them. Ours ended up simple enough. All you need is a frame, a piece of scrapbook paper, a menu template and a dry erase marker. We managed to have the frame and scrapbook paper. The menu template came about as I played around with fonts in PicMonkey. You could do it in Word too , I imagine. It’s up to you to get as simple or ornate as you desire.
I counted it as art class for one afternoon. I made stations with a step by step directions in each one . The children rotated through the steps with the final step being wrapping. Some went under the tree for special people in addition to unmarked so we have a quick gift for any get together where a gift is needed. This makes a great frugal gift for the secretaries and therapists if you go to a center for those services.
Do you keep frugal unmarked gifts handy for quick gifts?