Red Ribbon Week


IMG_6902Red Ribbon Week is October 23-31 and we celebrated with, well—— everything RED of course! Our sensory group explored a variety of textures that were all the color RED. The fine motor group used RED materials in their art projects. The language group identified items that were RED.

This week we would like to give a big thank you to our volunteers Sarah, who helped photograph some of the fun this week and Skylar, who helped prepare our fine motor projects!




IMG_6555This red moon sand is so bright and colorful! It has a wonderful tactile feel and molds easily—–nice! We included a letter R cookie cutter for added fun.

Always a favorite with our students!

The science access point apply a push to move an object is addressed here.







IMG_6535We just got these red plastic spaghetti strands from the Lakeshore catalog. They are a great addition to our sensory stash, different from any of our other items.

We put in some red monkeys (from a Barrel of Monkeys game) for the students to find and we conveniently included a little container to put them in:)

This was a super fun way to work on visual discrimination skills.

Recognize common objects as the same is a science access point that can be addressed here.



IMG_6862IMG_6881Paper shred was the base for this RED box! A little something for everyone, there were lots of fun red things to find including: kitchen scrubbers, a feather boa, accordion tube, plush fox, and some duplo blocks.

IMG_6598The science access point recognize common objects in the environment is addressed here.


IMG_6629Visual and tactile discrimination skills were addressed with this box—–HARD, shiny beads and SOFT round pompoms were mixed together for the students to sort. Of course, the beads were by far the favorite item!

Match items by an observable property, such as size, shape, and color can be addressed with this activity.







IMG_6867IMG_6684Our little red vibrating crab is so cute, he is responsive to both sound and touch—–a total hit with the students. There were lots of smiles and giggles heard when students had their turn with him!

Track objects in motion is a science access point that can be addressed here.








IMG_6578For messy play this week we went ALL out with some red jello. The students had a blast and were pretty good about not tasting it.

We included another “R” cookie cutter and the word “RED” on the bottom of the box but the feeling of  the jello squishing through fingers is what most of them were interested in 🙂






IMG_6612And yes, they did end up with red hands——kind of fitting for our theme!

Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli—–vision and touch here——is a science access point addressed.








IMG_6712IMG_6658Those messy hands were rinsed in water scented with Suave cherry blossom bath gel. There were 2 red heart shaped measuring cups to address the math access point recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids (capacity).







IMG_6754We finished with Bath and Bodyworks lotion, addressing the science access point recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli.

Our students left group smelling like delicious cherries—-a great scent to help them remember the color RED!









IMG_6774On Tuesday we made apples to put on an awesome tree made by Skylar our fabulous volunteer! It’s kind of amazing what you can do with a cardboard box!

The students were first asked to identify the color red using communication symbols. Identify common classroom objects by one observable property, such as color.

Next we tore 1 rectangular piece of tissue paper into  2 pieces—–a great bilateral coordination activity! It also addresses the math access point solve simple real-world problems involving joining or separating small quantities of objects.


IMG_6806Then the paper was crumpled up into balls……..








IMG_6820dipped into glue……… and placed on the tree!

Recognize the next step in a sequence of activities is a math access point addressed here.








IMG_6831IMG_6835Ta Da—–we LOVE our red apple tree!!!!










On Thursday we made some MAGIC art pictures!

IMG_6963First we asked the students to identify the color red using communication symbols—-they did a great job today!

The science access point identify common classroom objects by one observable  property, such as color is again addressed.






IMG_7024IMG_7013After we pointed out the shape of our paper and counted the sides (addressing the math access point recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes) we started painting with red paint.

We used regular tempera paint but watered it down A LOT!





IMG_7052IMG_7060We prompted our students to make horizontal strokes to promote prewriting patterns. As they painted the MAGIC happened——thanks to Skylar  who had spent LOTS of time writing the word “RED” on each page with white crayons before we started!

IMG_7076                                                                           TA DA——the color of the week!!!!!




IMG_6939IMG_6934Following along with the theme of our groups this week, we targeted identifying the color RED by playing a little game with our students in the language group called “Show me the one that is RED!”

Each student was presented with 2 different objects: one was a RED object while the other object was a color other than red.  Our students each were asked to identify which object was RED.

The science access point identify an object by one observable property is again addressed.


IMG_6950Students identified the RED object by pointing to the object or using eye gaze.







IMG_6942IMG_6943For our visually impaired students, we used a light box to help the color pop more.

Our students did a fantastic job finding the color RED!





IMG_6930We all had a great time learning about the color red this week, hope you enjoyed seeing all the fun we had. Join us again next week for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!





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