Christmas was the theme for our Sensory and Fine Motor groups. Our Language group’s theme was the letter O.
We finished our holiday unit by learning about Christmas this week starting with Cara’s book. We have our props and sensory boxes ready, so let the merry making begin 🙂
We let our students wear finger puppets while we read our book.Finger puppets are so fun and great for working on finger individuation. For other students, they are helpful for calling attention to and increasing visual regard for their hands.
In addition, they were able to strengthen finger intrinsic skills turning them on/off.
We found these lights at Target.
When we finally turned the lights back on we opened our first sensory box in which we placed a variety of items related to our theme. We had large jingle bells, some green garland, fat chenille stems, pompoms, mardi gras beads, and yarn in the colors of red and green. We also put in a little doll Christmas sweater, snowman ornament, felt Santa and Christmas cut outs, a tiny stocking, package bows and some assorted theme related toys.
Whew! What a lot to explore and discuss the different properties of!
We cut our candy cane, reindeer and star (all symbols of Christmas) shapes in our gingerbread scented playdough. Some of our students needed reminders that the playdough was “not to eat”. We generally know which of them have a tendency to want to sample things and so make sure to redirect them when needed.
Playdough is great for working on hand strengthening when squishing and squeezing. When pinching small pieces or rolling between fingers, you address finger individuation skills.
They had so much fun holding and shaking it, or—
having it draped around them 🙂
the red and green beans (Christmas
colors). Also an opportunity to practice
scooping and pouring skills.
Peppermint aroma has been associated with increased attention and alertness
We also added some red and green glitter for visual interest and to encourage tracking.
We finished by rinsing our hands in gingerbread scented warm water and rubbed on some of the lotion to help us think about Christmas the rest of the day 🙂
Fine Motor Group—Christmas
On Tuesday we began by reading Cara’s “Merry Christmas” book and had lots of fun with the finger puppets. Then we made a reindeer!
Painting is a fun way to gain practice grasping and using writing utensils.
On an additional note, putting paint shirts on and off helps work on dressing skills—got to fit those ADL’s in where we can!
puzzlepieces to each student. This time we
counted by 2’s as we passed them out—
math access points!
These pieces were painted black.
On Thursday after reading Cara’s book again, we made some snowflake ornaments. Thanks to Alice W. for this great idea!
The reason for our puzzle mania this week? Well, they were FREE —-and we LOVE free!
paint and a little glue.
You could put the snow in a bowl and have your students pick it up and sprinkle using their fingers to work on translation movements.
Just so sparkly and pretty. They are going to look lovely hanging on a tree or window.
The Language Group—Letter O
This activity addresses bilateral coordination and pincer grasp skills.
The tubes help work on upper extremity strengthening (pulling apart) and eye hand coordination (joining the ends).
Our students chose which color markers they wanted to use—-they didn’t have to choose Orange 🙂
either an adaptive or regular scissors.
We taped a loop of Orange yarn to the back.
Wow, what a week! Well its about time for Winter Break so we will not be doing any more groups until the new year. We have some great stuff planned so please join us again in 2012 for more fun Group by Group.