January After Party


IMG_4043Each week after the weekly blog featuring activities in the elementary department is posted, our sensory cart is parked in the media center where it is available for check out by the rest of the school.

This post has photos of our middle and high school students enjoying activities from some of our January themes.




IMG_2441IMG_2935Our first week explored New Year celebrations around the world. There were lots of fun boxes to explore including one filled with salt and another with items representing Japanese celebrations.

IMG_2450                                            That box included a special song recorded on a voice output device.


IMG_2463IMG_2948The students made almond scented “marzipan” pigs and went “ice fishing”.

IMG_2465                                                             The scent for this unit was pomegranate which they really liked.


IMG_2467IMG_2954Of course, no New Year celebration would be complete without firecrackers! Our bubble wrap firecracker were a hit as usual 🙂








photo 2In the Healthy Snacks unit we included our rainbow rice—-to remind everyone that healthy foods are colorful.









IMG_4028IMG_4127More colorful boxes made up the Idaho unit.

IMG_4086This butterfly and caterpillar pasta was especially eye catching.


IMG_4083IMG_4128Sun Valley Idaho has SNOW! This fake stuff is as close as most of us with get to real snow……

IMG_4111                                                                                           but it was fun just the same 🙂


IMG_4033IMG_4136Idaho has a state dance—–the square dance! Square dance music was recorded on a voice output device and the students LOVED it!








IMG_4066IMG_4055Idaho is known as the Gem State and our discovery bottle had some eye catching ones floating around in it. The state is also know for having the tallest sand dune.

IMG_4098Students made their own sand dunes using the always fascinating kinetic sand.



IMG_4070IMG_4133Mount Rushmore’s sculptor was from Idaho. The students had so much fun making their own sculptures out of Floam.

Pretty fabulous 🙂







IMG_4965IMG_1491The students had so much fun with the Wizard of Oz unit. They especially loved reading the book to see their friends dressed in costume as characters.







IMG_4189IMG_1490They fun making yellow brick roads in the colorful rice……

IMG_4224                                                                                         ease on down the road!



IMG_4198IMG_5047Making rainbows with the chenille stems—–

IMG_5054                                     along with the staff 🙂




IMG_4211IMG_4197Soft pompoms and hard beads were great for sorting…

AND wearing 🙂









IMG_4214The bubbles and discovery bottle were hits!







IMG_4219IMG_5022Everyone loved the Emerald City oobleck!










IMG_4196IMG_5039So many fun things to discover 🙂

IMG_4216                                                                                           The students had a blast!




About jd785

Joy (Occupational Therapist), Cara (Speech Therapist) and Joi (Teacher) work with students who have significant intellectual differences. We look for ways to provide multi-sensory learning experiences to enable our students to improve their literacy, fine motor, and communication skills.

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