Everyone around here is anticipating our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and one of the BEST things about the holiday is all the yummy food! Since we often use food items to represent different things in our sensory boxes we thought it would be fun to use them, for once, to represent actual FOOD 🙂
The fine motor group continued with the food theme by making placemats and table decorations, and the language group made a delicious dessert! The social studies access point recognize an activity associated with a national celebration, such as family dinner on Thanksgiving is addressed throughout this unit.
This box had great textures and was VERY eye catching thanks to the bright orange plastic spaghetti that we bought from the Lakeshore company. We filled the box with lots of play food——turkey legs, corn, pies, cookies etc. We also included a little shopping basket and some eating utensils.
At least, that was what most of the students thought—–others not so much 🙂
Lots of little gobblers could be cut out using the turkey shaped cookie cutter. Naturally, all of them could be counted—–addressing the math access point associate quantities with number names.
Potatoes are found on most Thanksgiving tables. While usually of the mashed variety when placed on the table, we used potato flakes instead. These are a great sensory box item because they have a really interesting texture—-soft but slightly crunchy. This stuff is really fun to run fingers through!
There were 2 letter T’s to find as well as a picture to uncover at the bottom of box which as usual, promotes visual and tactile discrimination.
The science access point match objects by an observable property such as shape can be addressed with this box.
The next box was filled with pop corn kernels. The corn, like dried beans, has a wonderful tactile feel. It is also noisy when moved around which makes for a nice additional sensory input. There were 2 little felt pilgrims and a play food corn cob for the students to find.
The math access point use one-to-one correspondence to identify sets of objects with the same amount to 2 can be addressed here.
We found a recipe for cranberry oobleck at this website http://www.learnplayimagine.com
They used cranberry sauce mixed with the usual cornstarch and water. It turned out to be sort of a cross between traditional oobleck and play dough.
It was very messy and VERY fun!
Apply a push to move an object is the science access point addressed here.
Our students love addressing the science access point recognize and respond to different types of stimuli in this fun activity!
The math access point recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects can be addressed with this activity.
Applying the lotion helps address the science access point recognize one or more external body parts.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
Identify objects by one observable property, such as color is the science access point NAILED by our awesome students 🙂
The math access point addressed is recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes, such as a rectangle.
Solve simple real-world problems involving joining or separating small quantities of objects is the math access point addressed here.
On Thursday we made some fun decorations for the Thanksgiving table—–brown paper bag turkey legs!
The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed here.
Then the students grabbed handfuls of paper shred to stuff into their bags. Lots of giggles with this part of the activity—–the students thought it was great fun!
What a fun way to address the math access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language such as enough, too much, or more.
The little piece of paper they had previously cut was wrapped and taped (with help) around the top to make a “turkey frill”.
It’s almost Thanksgiving, so what better way to celebrate than to make a yummy pumpkin dessert! We made pumpkin parfaits using a recipe that one of our other SLPs, Judy, found. She was kind enough to let us use the powerpoint she created as a recipe guide: Lets Make Pumpkin Parfaits. Thank you, Judy!
While following directions, we smelled each of the ingredients: pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, syrup, and vanilla yogurt. There were such WONDERFUL aromas and our students really loved smelling each ingredient!
The science access point recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point addressed here.
Share objects with a partner is science access point.
Recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities is a math access point that can be addressed here.
This step was a LOT of fun for our students!
The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed with this activity.
To see the whole recipe and how to make it, please look at the powerpoint.