This week the theme for our Sensory and Fine Motor Groups was Easter. We did not have a Language Group this week because the class went on a field trip.
Sensory Group—Easter Time
Some of our students use their hands or their heads and a few even use their feet!
Then we started exploring our sensory boxes. Our first box had a variety of easter related items including easter grass, plastic eggs and carrots, easter cookie cutters, purple/pink/yellow pompom’s, a little plush chick and duck.
The Easter grass was a huge hit and pulling apart the strands promotes bilateral coordination in addition to fine motor skills.
Counting pompoms or carrots addresses math access points. Discussing size, shape, color and texture addresses science points.
It’s amazing how much you can fit into one little box!
Next we explored bright yellow feathers and big white pompoms—-our version of chicks and bunnies! These items let us compare and contrast the various properties of these materials, addressing science access points.
We loved these fluffy feathers. It was so much fun to pick up a handful and watch as they drifted down. There were so many feathers, that some of the students ended up looking a little like Big Bird 🙂
Visual tracking is addressed as the feathers drift down and pincer grasp skills are addressed as the students pick up the feathers. Tactile discrimination is also addressed.
The little egg decorations really fluttered around, very visually interesting and soft to the touch.
We looked for the letter E in our green rice. Its bright green color looked just like grass with tiny little white easter eggs (navy beans). We also taped some easter egg pictures to the bottom of our box which could be found as the rice was brushed aside.
It was really eye catching and our students loved sifting it through their fingers.
This activity addresses visual and tactile discrimination in addition to literacy.
We did have to carefully watch the bottle as a few of the staff really wanted a sample 🙂
While it was the same color the textures were different (science access points).
Soft and squishy just like marshmallows! This is the same stuff we made last week (minus the food coloring) and it was just as much fun this week—awesome stuff you HAVE to try it 🙂
We discussed how the materials changed as we mixed them, addressing science access points.
It doesn’t get much messier than this!
Our students were pretty good about not sampling but as you can see in the picture, our hands needed to stay pretty close!
Fine Motor Group—Easter Time
It was so cute to watch as they waved it around or made it hop.
We counted the papers as we handed them out and discussed their rectangular shape addressing math access points.
Of course they have to “sign” their names!
Squeezing the hole punch helps with hand strengthening.
Also great for hand strengthening and bilateral coordination.
We found we probably should have put the easter grass on last instead of this early in the process—it was very entrancing to our students, making it hard to move onto the next step 🙂
Spatial relationships are also addressed.
Our little chick is starting to come together!
Spatial relations and fine motor skills are addressed when completing this activity.
complete with googlie eye!
Love it! Love it!
and all had fun pointing to our
favorite candy—although it was kind of
hard to make a choice 🙂
We discussed their oval shape addressing math access points.
We got these eggs (10 in a package) in the dollar section at Target—we love a bargain!
We helped the students peel the backing off of the stickers, practicing pincer grasp skills.
Our students are also working on being able to identify numerals.
What a colorful bright egg!
We had a great time this week, join us again next week —-our Language Group will be back—for more fun and learning Group by Group!