Healthy Snacks


IMG_2509This week our theme complements the Unique Curriculum healthy living unit our students are studying. In Cara’s book, the characters make a healthy snack and the sensory group boxes relate to some of the different snacks in the book. The fine motor group made some fun food related art projects. In the language group, the students got to make a healthy snack—–YUM!






IMG_2736This first box was filled with a variety of play food, puzzle pieces etc—-some of it healthy and some of it not so much 🙂 While the students explored the contents we asked them to indicate which ones were the healthy snacks. The students enjoyed exploring the different contents and especially liked the squeaky cupcake!

The science access point recognize a model of a real object.






IMG_2581Healthy snacks are colorful—-just like our rainbow rice! As the students ran their fingers through the colorful grains there was a cute picture of a bowl of happy little fruit and 2 letter H’s for them to find, lots of fun!

Some of them were especially fascinated by the hidden picture 🙂

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






IMG_2583Bubber has such a cool texture and it comes in so many great colors. It is always fun to bring out for the students to explore. This time we asked them to squeeze it into big “plums” and little “grapes”.

This activity was an opportunity to explore the math access point recognize differences in size of objects.






IMG_2484There was more molding fun with our “cheesy” play dough—–even though the color ended up making our cheese look a little more like the processed kind 🙂

Using the circle cookie cutter the students could make their own slices of swiss cheese. A mouse stamper added to the fun.

The math access point recognize a 2 dimensional shape, in this case a circle and the science access point recognize a change in an object are both addressed here.



IMG_2515IMG_2602A little brown owl was the title character in this weeks book so we wanted to dedicate one of the boxes to her. The students had a blast with the “owl” feather boa. Either wrapping it around their necks or shaking and waving it around was total fun—-how can you not have fun playing with a feather boa!

Use senses (in this case touch and vision) to recognize objects is a science access point.



IMG_2688IMG_2539We tinted our oobleck yellow this week and added a little pineapple extract—–voila a pineapple smoothie! The students had so much fun exploring the drippy goo.

The science access point track the movement of objects that are pushed or pulled can be addressed here.






IMG_2729We washed the messy oobleck off hands using an apple shaped sponge and pear scented water. This bath gel made the water very bubbly which the students totally loved!

The science access point observe and recognize that people need water is certainly addressed in this activity!







IMG_2627IMG_2754To finish, we gave the students a choice of banana scented (found at World Market) lotion or apple scented chapstix to rub on the their wrists/hands. Both scents were pretty popular and a fabulous fruity way to remember all we learned about healthy eating this week!

IMG_2558The science access points recognize one or more external body parts and use senses to recognize objects can be addressed in this activity.




On Tuesday we got back to basics with a simple coloring project.

IMG_2636We printed out a variety of fruity coloring pages from the internet and let our students choose which one they wanted to color. Of course, we discussed the paper’s shape—-addressing the math access point recognize a common object with a 2 dimensional shape!





IMG_2646IMG_2658We let the students choose either Crayola pipsqueak markers or large handle markers to color their pictures……….

IMG_2667                                                                                        and let them get to work!


IMG_2676Ta Da—–pretty and colorful!










On Tuesday we made a really fun art project——a cute pineapple made out of cardboard, yarn, and scrap paper!

IMG_2852We started by discussing the color of our paper leaves and asked the students to show us the color “green” using communication symbols. Three choices gave the students practice choosing an answer from an array of three which is the format used on the state alternate assessment.

The science access point identify objects by one observable property, such as color.







IMG_2877The adaptive scissors was used to snip the paper 4 times.

The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed with each snip!








IMG_2868Brown yarn was wrapped around a precut cardboard shape—–a great way to practice bilateral skills! The students needed some help with this step but they really concentrated very hard and did a wonderful job!

The math access point solve problems involving small quantities of actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more.







IMG_2860IMG_2917TA DA! These pineapples look good enough to eat 🙂










Since we were talking about eating healthy, we HAD to make a healthy snack that the entire class would be able to eat—–applesauce!  Judy, one of our other speech therapists wrote a book outlining  the recipe we used. This also helped the class with the focus for this week: following directions.  Here is a link to the book: Lets make Applesauce!

IMG_2765All the students really got into the lesson…food seems to be a great reinforcer for learning 🙂  We began by counting  how many apples we needed and then the adults sliced and cut them.  We put the slices into the blender and had some of our students help pour in some water and lemon juice.

Recognize when an object is added to a situation is a math access point addressed here.





IMG_2773IMG_2806Next came the fun part: activating the blender!  We plugged the blender into a Powerlink so our students could activate the blender using a switch.  Although some of them jumped at first, they all enjoyed blending the apples.

Solve problems involving small quantities of actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more is a math access point addressed in this activity. In addition, the science access point recognize a change in an object is also addressed.



IMG_2814We added some sugar and cinnamon and voila! A homemade healthy treat!

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







IMG_2839We counted out bowls and spoons for each of our students and watched them all devour their snack.

It was a  healthy snack success 🙂

Join us again next time for more fun and learning——-Group by Group!

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