This week are theme was Butterflies for our Sensory and Fine Motor Groups. We are finishing the alphabet with Letter Z in our Language Group.
In addition to literacy and math access points, we are going to be addressing science access points today!
Our first sensory box was filled with colorful flowers, leaves, a variety of butterflies, caterpillars made from chenille stems and a body scrubber—its that long pink and white thing in the picture—doesn’t it look like a giant caterpillar :).
This box was so colorful with lots of contrasting colors and textures.
Discussing how these items relate to each other in the life cycle of the butterfly addresses science access points.
The students grasped these lentils by the handfuls—they loved them! Even our students who are quite tactile sensitive, couldn’t resist these tiny beans 🙂
This box addresses visual and tactile discrimination skills.
We chose the Bubber because its soft powdery texture reminded us of butterfly wings. Its pretty purple color also a lot like that of a butterfly.
Of course, we also just love the way it feels–not just our students but the adults couldn’t put it down 🙂
Its just so much fun to grab this stuff and shake it around or pull it apart!
Pulling apart the strands addresses bilateral and fine motor skills.
Contrasting smaller pieces from larger pieces addresses math access points.
Our next box contained some colorful red butterflies (bow tie pasta) and green caterpillars (celletani pasta). Very eye catching with the bright colors. You dye it in basically the same way you do rice but it takes a LOT longer—so be patient!
Pincer grasp skills are promoted when picking up individual pieces. Counting them and comparing the contrasting shapes addresses math access points.
Making one of the caterpillars crawl up a students arm promotes giggles 🙂
These fuzzy colorful caterpillars (some pencil covers!) filled our next box. Very eye catching also and our students dived in. They loved grabbing handfuls and watching as they dropped back into the box—or the floor 🙂
Tracking falling objects is a science access point.
Counting caterpillars is an opportunity to work on math access points.
We just loved this stuff, its just really hard to resist!
Science access points are addressed in addition to fine motor skills during this fun activity!
Recognizing water as a liquid and whether it is warm or cold addresses science access points.
Fine Motor Group—Butterflies
This is a great activity for practicing pincer grasp skills and eye hand coordination.
Aren’t these caterpillars just so cute 🙂
On Thursday after we read our book again—- we turned our caterpillar into a butterfly!
Of course, all the students enjoyed running their hands over the contours.
Then we colored them using markers. Some of our students made just a few marks but others enjoyed using a variety of colors.
Squeezing the spray bottle is great for hand strengthening and spraying water is always fun!
Ta Da—the caterpillar has turned into a butterfly!
This student really enjoyed making hers “flutter” around—so cute!
aren’t they just fabulous!
Language Group—Letter Z
The students had fun seeing what animal ended up coming out of their bags.
adaptive Zipper pull for some of
Recognizing a change in an object is a science access point.
We glued them onto a white lunch bag.
Tearing the paper addresses bilateral hand functions.
Squeezing the glue addresses hand strengthening
Placing the black paper on the bag addresses visual spatial skills.
And added some googlie eyes—we love googlie eyes 🙂
Our students had so much fun playing with their puppets.
Whew! We made it to the end of the alphabet but there is still more fun ahead so join us again next week Group by Group!