The Fair is coming to town so it was the perfect theme for our Sensory and Fine Motor Groups. We made a little change this week and have renamed our Alphabet Group. It is now called the Language Group, to more accurately reflect its emphasis. In our Language Group, we are on letter H.
Sensory Group—Fun at the Fair
While the sounds and aroma of popcorn (thanks Ms. B) wafted through the air, we read Cara’s book “We’re Going to the Fair”. Our students enjoyed munching the popcorn while listening to the story. In addition to our voice output device, we added some finger puppet props that Nancy made.
The cornmeal has the most lovely soft, silky feel and our students really enjoyed it.
The toy pictured here is activated by a little button that is helpful for working on isolated thumb movements.
This next one was a lot of fun. It is a spinning top that not only lights up but has siren like noises that are similar to those heard on the rides. As the top moved around the table, it allowed the students to work on visual tracking.
The lights came back on and we talked about all the different booths you might see at the fair. In some of them, you might pick up rubber ducks or knock down bowling pins to win a prize. You might win a sparkly necklace or a cuddly teddy bear. You might go into a fun house and look at yourself in a mirror.
Our students really enjoyed sifting through the various objects to find their favorites. It also gave us the opportunity to discuss properties of the materials (a science access point).
Some of our students “made” cotton candy by squishing cotton balls, water and blue food coloring. This is a great activity for strengthening hand intrinsics. When finished, it really does resemble cotton candy!
Finally, we rinsed our hands in water with a delicious vanilla sugar scent and finished with vanilla sugar scented lotion so we could all leave smelling like yummy funnel cakes and remember our visit to the fair!
Fine Motor Group—Fun at the Fair
On Tuesday, we started by reading Cara’s book and using the adorable finger puppets Nancy made. Finger puppets are wonderful for working on finger individuation and placing them on/off addresses bilateral skills.
We started with a poster board rectangle glued to a popsicle stick and some cotton balls. We discussed the shape of the poster board and cotton balls (math access points).
Squeezing the trigger works on hand strengthening and is a great pre-scissor activity.
On Thursday, after reading Cara’s book again and having more fun with the finger puppets, we made a ferris wheel.
Our students were each given a set of pre-assembled gondolas of each of their classmates which they then glued, along with their gondola, to the large paper plate. Due to privacy concerns, the sample we have photographed was made with magazine cutouts but as you can see, it looks very cute and when the small plate is held it spins quite nicely—-and addresses bilateral skills!
The yellow wheels are vinyl that the vision teacher prepared for our student with a visual impairment to make his gondola.
Language Group—letter J
Squeezing the bulb helps strengthen hand intrinsics.
This activity addresses bilateral functions and eye hand coordination.
……Just wait and see what we are going to make!
two more folds to make wings……
Our students had so much fun launching their Jets and seeing whose flew the farthest (slipping a math access point into our language activity!)
We had so much fun this week! Please join us next week for more fun and learning Group by Group 🙂