The last week in October——-a perfect time to do a fairy tale theme! Each of the boxes for the sensory group were based around characters found in fairy tales. The fine motor group made props to use in pretend play and the language group chose characters to complete a castle picture.
A magical and fun week!
This box was filled with various fairy tale characters. There were lot of fun things to discover including a cute cuddly dragon and a chubby little genie! Knights and winged horses could be found hidden in the sparkly basket filler. Of course we included some princesses and fairies! Because we couldn’t resist, we added a set of sparkly sunglasses—–for royalty to travel incognito 🙂
The language access point communicate recognition of familiar persons or objects can be addressed here.
These are great toys for promoting cause and effect concepts and the recognizing sources of light which is a science access point.
We also included the letter “P” for the students to find.
Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is the science access point addressed here.
We had 2 wonderful fairy glitter discovery bottles to explore. These were really quite cool and our students were mesmerized by the swirling contents. Actually, the adults were pretty mesmerized also 🙂
The science access point track objects in motion is addressed here.
This box contained lots of bright colorful chenille stems—–some of them were GIANTS! Not only can they be waved around but they can also be bent into shapes and wrapped around different extremities—–they were a hit with all the students.
Of course, this was also a great box to work on concepts of “big” and “little”.
The science access point identify common objects by one observable property such as size is addressed with this activity.
Since fairy tales are often read at bedtime, we thought lavender was the perfect scent for this week! First the students rinsed their hands in the lavender scented water and then they got to sample some lavender scented lotion.
Recognizing and responding to one type of sensory stimuli is an access point addressed here.
Can’t think of a more magical way to address the science access point track objects in motion 🙂
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday we made some castles out of toilet paper rolls. We have seen this idea all over Pinterest and knew it would be a perfect art activity for this week’s theme. A few snips to crenelate the top and a simple toilet roll becomes a castle!
Naturally we wanted our castles to be colorful so we started by asking the students which color they wanted to paint their castles. Most of them chose purple—-just coincidently their teacher’s favorite color is purple 🙂
In addition to symbols, the students used voice output devices to communicate their wants and preferences.
On Thursday we made some fabulous magic wands!
They practiced pincer grasp skills while peeling the protective strip off of the tape.
Recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is a science access point
Recognize a change in an object is a science access point addressed as the glitter sticks to the tape.
It is also a great activity for promoting bilateral coordination!
Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.
The students really worked on their fine motor skills with this part of the activity!
We decided to work on a little bit of reading comprehension after reading the fairy tale book. We drew one of the characters along with something that does not go in a fairy tale, such as a pickle, on pieces of transparency film paper so we could put them on the light box.
Our students had to indicate which one is a picture of something that might be in a fairy tale either by pointing to the picture or using eye gaze. Some of our students required a bit of help but overall, they were able to recall the different characters.
Effectively communicate information using referent objects, gestures/signs, pictures, symbols, words is a language access point.
Join us next time for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!