Welcome to the After Party! Each week after the weekly blog featuring activities in the elementary department is posted, our sensory cart is parked in the media center where it is available for check out by the rest of the school.
We started April with Where We Go On CBI. This was a fun unit with the book featuring our students in various CBI locations.
Students used cookie cutters to stamp B U S into school bus yellow moon sand.
Blue and white rice represented one of the most popular CBI locations—— Walmart!
Another popular location is the Publix grocery store.
There were different play money coins to find buried in this box of multicolored beans.
We thought that making balls out of bright yellow Floam would be a great representation of sports activities.
Messy play represented the Community Arts program. We put some drops of food coloring in the shaving foam and let our artistic students mix it together.
Many of our parks have a lake or water feature. Our water feature contained the letters C B I to scoop up.
Bath and Body Works vanilla sugar scent reminded us of some yummy Publix cookies 🙂
We Hatched Some Baby Ducks came next.
We made our own duck egg incubator using some battery operated lights and some plastic eggs.
Duck and egg cookie cutters were used to cut out shapes in yellow play dough.
There were lots of plush ducks along, with a variety of plastic eggs in our “duck hotel”. We even lined it with some bedding straw!
Ducks have feathers so we HAD to include some! There were 2 colorful feather boas in this box.
We hid 2 little baby ducks in this box of birdseed. The birdseed has such a cool texture and is so much fun to bury your hand into.
One big rubber duck swam around our blue oobleck pond.
There were 4 colorful ducks floating in our water bin. We also included a measuring cup for scooping.
For our scent this week we used Bath and Body Works Into the Wild in our water play, then their country chic scent lotion—it was the best we could up with to represent ducks 🙂
Earth Day 2019!
Neon blue food coloring and green glitter made our play dough very eye catching this week.
Students sorted blue and green pompoms into matching bowls.
We used one of our space blankets for our aluminum recycling box!
This was a hit!
There was a base of recycled paper on to which we added plastic leaves, a rain stick, blue and green beads, silk flowers, a toy trash can, and a variety of toy endangered animals.
Our colorful blue earth day rice contained both upper and lower case letter E’s.
Fluffy shaving cream clouds swirled around a large laminated picture of the earth.
Hands were rinsed in a little sea filled with “trash”.
We chose Bath and Body Works mahogany teakwood for our scent this week because with 2 trees in the name it was the perfect choice for Earth Day!
Who Stole The Cookie was our take on the familiar rhyme.
Our little chefs had fun with this box which contained a variety of items associated with baking such as toy spatulas, whisks, and measuring cups.
Oatmeal raisin cookies were represented with a mix of some black bean “raisins” in this box of oatmeal.
Candy colored beans reminded us rainbow chip cookies.
Our gingerbread scented play dough had a fabulous aroma and great texture!
Of course, we had to include a nod to chocolate cookies so good old chocolate cake mix made for perfect cloud dough.
Fun to scoop or mold.
Cocoa powder was mixed with oobleck this week to represent chocolate fudge cookies!
Messy fun for sure!
There were different sized measuring cups for scooping fun in our water play.
Prom was our first May theme.
This box was filled with a variety of prom “props” such as tiara’s, flowers, sunglasses, and a tie etc.
We added some photo booth accessories such as a mask and magic wand.
We chose purple kinetic sand, because we thought the sparkly color went along with an enchanted evening theme—-and Prom is always enchanting!
The letters P R O M could be found in blue and yellow rice—-our school colors!
We made an enchanted night umbrella complete with hanging stars, glittery lights, and sparkly beads!
Silver beads represented a disco ball—–the must have for every dance floor!
Our shaving cream was especially festive this week—-we added confetti to it!
Our water play this week represented a punch bowl—complete with floating fruit and a big ladle.
We celebrated the parents of staff in our next unit. It was fun learning about staff members families!
Ms. Kim’s father hosts a Kentucky Derby party each year—-how fun is that!
We put in some fun Derby hats, a trophy cup, flowers, and lots of horses of course!
These colorful beads represented the colors of the Colombian flag—-where Ms. Maria’s mom lives.
Ms. Joy’s mom lives in Ireland. Her box was filled with potato flakes and craft foam shamrocks.
There were 6 meatballs to find in this big box of “pasta and meatballs” is dedicated to Ms. Caitlin’s step-father who loves to make homemade pasta.
Ms. Jessica’s dad is a Star Wars fan. We filled this box with multi-colored Star Wars pasta.
A little plane flying around in some shaving cream clouds represented Ms. Elaine’s parents—
——-they liked to travel.
The water play featured Georgia peach scent from Bath and Body Works. Ms. Zellanyne’s parents are from the peach state!
We finished the year with a unit celebrating our graduates!
We put a lot of fun items in this box, including an actual graduation cap!
Also included were mylar balloons, play money, toy camera, phone, sunglasses, etc.
The numbers 2 0 1 9 were found in colorful confetti rice.
This box was dedicated to our school mascot—–
Some graduates go on to college programs, so we represented that choice with a box of colorful cheerleader pompoms in the colors of nearby Universities.
Parties are a part of graduation events and when you have a party there is usually CAKE! Our cloud dough was made using strawberry cake mix and it smelled SO good!
Keeping in the celebratory mood we added some colorful Mr. Bubble bath crackles into our oobleck.
This was fun!
Some lucky graduates might get to go on a cruise! We put in a couple of little boats to float around a mini ocean.
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