This week we had so much fun exploring this traditional fairy tale! We made our wolf by adding some white felt teeth to a plush dog—-who admittedly looks more like a dog in need of an orthodontist rather than a big bad wolf……
Well, you have to work with what you’ve got after all, and our students didn’t see to mind a bit 🙂
Our students had so much fun exploring the first box filled with rafia (straw), popsicle sticks (wood), and duplo blocks (bricks) for the 3 little pigs houses! There were 3 different pigs to find—a laminated picture symbol, a plush one, and a sound producing one (found in Target’s $ section). Brown pom poms and pieces of yarn reminded us of the wolf’s fur.
You need tools to build a house so we put in a ruler and some toy tools. And finally, the word “home”. This was a really great box and our students LOVED exploring all the different items.
So many access points were addressed with this box including the science access points of recognizing common objects in the natural world through observation, and recognizing a model of a real object.
Of course, it was also fun to grab and squeeze a handful—making it a great activity for hand strengthening also!
Applying a push or pull to move an object and recognizing the appearance of an object or material has changed are the science access points addressed here.
Tactile and visual discrimination are addressed here.
Great for texture and size comparisons! Recognizing similarities and differences in size of common objects is a math access point.
Recognizing two objects that are the same size or color is also a math access point.
We had to include a wolf box! We put in some brown “wolf” fur, a nice soft texture to rub and touch. A stretchy wolf (actually a stretchy dog that we gave some felt teeth). Excellent for working on bilateral coordination! Tracking the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled is a science access point.
That wolf sure likes to huff and puff! We used our little hand held fan to get some air blowing like that wolf—-and it also addresses the science access point of indicating awareness of air moving.
Recognizing and responding to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.
Of course as the shaving cream is smooshed around, our students also explored the science access point of applying a push to move an object.
The little pigs lived in the woods so Twilight Woods from Bath and Body Works seemed the perfect scent for this week. Of course, by the time a few little hands rinsed the shaving cream off, it smelled like CHOCOLATE woods lol.
We put 2 different size measuring cups for scooping and pouring fun addressing the math access point of recognizing the different sizes of containers that hold liquids.
Its also a FUN way to practice eye hand coordination 🙂
It also encourages some nice social exchanges and the opportunity to communicate preferences and the desire for “more” of an action which is a math access point.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
We’ve used this stamper before, made from a dish scrubber, its knobbed top makes it easier for our students to use. The stamp itself was made from thick craft foam.
Recognizing 2 dimensional shapes is a math access point.
Recognizing a repeated pattern of stimuli is also a math access point.
We counted 3 small rectangles which made up the windows and door and after they were glued down we put 3 pigs safely into their house!
More opportunities to address the math access point of recognizing 2 dimensional shapes!
We get pretty excited about our art work—-can you tell 🙂
We completed our wolf by adding a googlie eye—OF COURSE 🙂
For this group, we wanted to see if certain objects were able to be huffed, puffed, and blown away. We put together several different items such as feathers, straw, a weighted ball, twigs, paper, a Beanie Baby wolf, and a rock.
For each of the items, we had a corresponding real picture of them. Each student got to choose which item they wanted to “blow”.
Effectively communicating wants using referent objects, gestures/signs, pictures, symbols, or words is a science access point.
Exploring, observing, and selecting an object or picture to respond to a question about the natural consequence is a science access point.
They especially liked watching the objects that were light enough to be blown away—-addressing the science access point of tracking objects in motion!
Indicating awareness of air moving is also a science access point.
Sorting objects by physical properties such as weight is a science access point.
Communicating about a selected object using nonverbal expression, gestures/signs, pictures, symbols, or words is a literacy access point.