This week the theme for our Fine Motor and Sensory Groups was Winter. The Letter P was the theme for our Language Group.
Our students really enjoyed watching the powder expand into flakes as we explored science access points. It had a very snow like texture and we used cold water to heighten the effect.
We explored a variety of winter objects in our next box: large and small snowflakes (some hard and some soft), rough and smooth snowmen, arctic animals including a soft seal,hard penguins and some felt arctic hares, dolls hat and scarf, white pom pom snow balls, and a building block icicle.
Comparing and contrasting the different properties of materials is one of our science access points and this is such a fun way to do it!
Next, we searched for the letter W in powdered snow (a mixture of white cornmeal, flour and cornstarch). There was 1 big W and 2 small ones—working in some math access points of course! Our students had fun scooping the powder, burying their hands in it, or squeezing it together (working on palmer arches) to form little snowballs. Needless to say, we all ended up leaving with a little dusting of snow—but the fun factor more than made up for the mess 🙂
Using our cookie cutters we cut out snow balls and snow flakes out of our snow-dough. We found the recipe online and rather than flour, it is made from cornstarch. It has an interesting rubbery texture that is excellent for cutting or forming into snowballs.
Having our students rub the lotion on themselves helps build body awareness and bilateral coordination. It also helps build a nice olfactory memory of all the fun we had today!
Fine Motor Group—Winter
On Tuesday, we read Cara’s book and were very excited when one of our new students independently activated the voice output device during the story.
After our story we made eskimo hats. We got the idea from the Winter Activities book by Peggy Hundley Spitz, OTR and purchased from Therapro. We started with a grocery bag with a precut circle. We drew a line around the opening to help further define it for our students.
This activity addresses eye hand coordination and works on developing pincer grasp skills.
Isn’t this a picture of a perfect pincer!
Our students had so much fun trying on their hats, Ms Cara just had to join in 🙂
On Thursday, we continued our winter theme by making polar bear handprints.We started by discussing the color (blue) of our paper and its rectangular shape. We counted the papers as we passed them out and again, our students practiced writing their names.
We made sure to put a thick coat of paint on the hands and fingers!
This student is showing some really nice emerging tool use and we are so proud of him.
using a black marker, our polar bear came
Just so super cute 🙂
Language Group—Letter P
Using tongs helps to improve hand intrinsic functions and eye hand coordination.
Picking up the pieces, which have little knobs, helps to promote a pincer grasp. Placing the pieces addresses eye hand coordination and spatial concepts.
Please join us again next week, we are going to have so much fun Group by Group!