What we eat at Thanksgiving


IMG_9573Everyone 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.





IMG_9361IMG_9488This 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.

IMG_9288                                                             The science access point recognize a model of a real object is addressed.




IMG_9484IMG_9366What do you get when you add the stovetop stuffing seasoning packet to your play dough mixture? Stuffing scented play dough of course!    This stuff smelled SO yummy……..

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.





IMG_9329Potatoes 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.






IMG_9350IMG_9498The 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.






IMG_9295IMG_9545We 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.



IMG_9524More messy fun with our shaving cream “whipped cream” which is always a blast—–as you can tell from this smiling face 🙂

Our students love addressing the science access point recognize and respond to different types of stimuli in this fun activity!









IMG_9388Messy hands were rinsed in Bath and Bodyworks pumpkin pie scented water. There were measuring cups and spoons included for scooping and pouring fun.

The math access point recognize similarities and differences in size of common objects can be addressed with this activity.








IMG_9303The matching lotion made our students smell like DELICIOUS little pumpkin pies—-the perfect scent to remember a unit all about yummy Thanksgiving food!


Applying the lotion helps address the science access point recognize one or more external body parts.








IMG_9402IMG_9405For our Tuesday art project we made some Thanksgiving placemats! We started by identifying the color paper we were going to use today. Then we discussed it’s shape and counted the 4 sides.

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.





IMG_9410Our paper cutters were used to trim 1 piece of paper into 2 pieces with the words “Happy Thanksgiving”. These were then glued down onto the yellow paper.

Solve simple real-world problems involving joining or separating small quantities of objects is the math access point addressed here.







IMG_9413The next step was the messy fun part——handprint turkeys! We applied brown paint to the students hands and they pressed them onto the paper. A little beak and some googlie eyes were added, then……..









IMG_9463                                                                                                               Happy Thanksgiving!


On Thursday we made some fun decorations for the Thanksgiving table—–brown paper bag turkey legs!

IMG_9735For this project the first step was using the adaptive scissors to make snips along a piece of adding machine tape. Of course, we counted aloud as each student made their cuts.

The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed here.








IMG_9783We started by counting out brown paper lunch bags and then discussing their shape which again addressed the math access point recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes.

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.






IMG_9759IMG_9770After the bags were stuffed, we asked the students to squish the sides of the bags together—–actually being ASKED to crumple paper, they LOVED  it!

The little piece of paper they had previously cut was wrapped and taped (with help) around the top to make a “turkey frill”.






IMG_9778IMG_9751Ta Da……..

IMG_9790                                                                                                                      Time to EAT 🙂




IMG_9728It’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!





IMG_9649While 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.





IMG_9617IMG_9657After reading each page, we talked about the action we had to take, such as “open,” “scoop,” “pour,” and “stir”.  Our students each took turns helping follow the directions with a little bit of help.

Share objects with a partner is science access point.





IMG_9687Once we mixed up all of the ingredients, we got ready to prepare the parfaits.  We counted out 4 cups and counted each time we put the ingredients into the cups.

Recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities is a math access point that can be addressed here.





IMG_9711IMG_9705We placed gingersnaps in a ziplock and then a rolling pin was used to “smash” them into a perfect sweet top pin for our parfaits.

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.






IMG_9730Finally, our students got to try their parfaits——YUM!!!!!  Some liked it and some didn’t, but that’s typically how it goes with new food 🙂

To see the whole recipe and how to make it, please look at the powerpoint.







IMG_9480Due to the Thanksgiving holiday we will not be having any groups next week but we will be back the following week with more fun Group by Group!

Happy Thanksgiving!




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