We had a SNOW DAY!!! Ok, so our snow day was slightly different from what most of you experience since ours came in a TRUCK but that is how we do it down in the Sunshine State 🙂 Both students and staff had such a great time that we wanted to relive the fun by making it the theme of this week’s unit! The sensory group explored boxes that were all white. The fine motor group made snowy art projects and the language group made snow cones and drank hot chocolate. Snowy fun all round!
This box was filled with so many white things! There were a variety of different textures a soft wooly mitt, hard beads, and fake fur. There were different snowman figures—-including one that made a crinkly noise! There was also a pompom shaker and glowing snowball! The students had so much fun sifting through the items and finding their favorites.
We tried a new play dough recipe this week. It was made using cornstarch and hair conditioner—-approximately equal parts of both. The hair conditioner was coconut scented so it had a fabulous aroma. We really LOVED it’s texture—-so soft and silky! The one drawback is that even keeping it in a ziplock back it did tend to dry out a little, although adding a little more conditioner back into it helped. A cookie cutter letter S for “snow” was included but most of the students—-and adults—-just loved TOUCHING it 🙂
Recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes it move is a science access point.
The science access point recognize common objects as the same and the math access point recognize when 1 or 2 items have been added to or removed from sets of objects to 3 can be addressed here.
Our white floam and potato head pieces were perfect for making snow balls and snow people! We included some potato head pieces to make the creations come to life. The students had a blast with this stuff and came up with some really creative designs.
The science access point recognize a change in a object is addressed in this activity.
Two different sized spoons were included in our box of “Insta Snow”. This stuff is pretty cool—-LITERALLY, it actually feels cool to the touch! The students loved running their fingers through the snow or feeling the sensations as it was sprinkled on the arms. There were a couple of arctic hued animals included and a tropical snowman picture to find at the bottom of the box.
The students LOVED it!
The math access point recognize similarities and differences in size of objects is a math access point that can be addressed here. The science access point track a falling object can also be addressed here.
This week we had 2 discovery bottles related to snow. One was filled with glitter and snowflakes which swirled around as it was shaken. The other was a “melting ice” bottle with clear plastic “ice” that floated in the water.
In addition to track objects in motion, the science access point recognize that ice can change to water can be addressed.
We certainly have gotten a lot of use out of our winter umbrella this year but it is always a hit with our students! It really does give the feeling of a beautiful snowy day and really looks cool as the assorted “snowflakes” swirl around as the umbrella is twirled.
What a fun way to address the science access point track objects in motion.
Hands were washed in cold water scented with Bath and Bodyworks twisted peppermint using a fluffy “snowball” sponge. The students liked feeling the texture of the sponge but really loved picking it up and watching the water drip down.
Recognize objects or materials as warm or cold and track falling objects are science access points that can be addressed in this activity.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday we started a 2 part art project by making a snowman! We started with a cute little snowman shape cut from the Ellison machine—-easy peesy 🙂 The students used communication symbols to identify the color “white” and they did such a great job!
The science access point identify objects by one observable property such as color is addressed here.
TA DA—-such cute little Frostys…..
After each picture we asked the students if they wanted to add another one—-addressing the math access point indicate desire for more of an action or object.
We were really impressed with how well they targeted their strokes onto the magazine picture—-they are making such nice progress with their tool use skills.
Recognize a change in an object is a science access point addressed here.
…………………….a snowy day in Florida 🙂
The language group focused on the topic of HOT and COLD today. Our students each got to pick if they would rather have a hot drink or a cold drink. We used the PIXON picture symbols for “hot” and “cold” and our students made their choice by pointing to the picture symbol or using eye gaze.
We tallied up the numbers and found that MORE people wanted a hot drink—-well it was a pretty chilly day here so that was a good choice 🙂
Then the students helped pour blue Powerade on the snow cones.
Next, we made our hot drink—hot chocolate! Our students helped pour the hot chocolate mix in a coffee cup. Once the water was added, our students got to stir it all together. We observed how it changed!
Recognize a change in materials is a science access point!
Recognize materials as warm or cold is another science access point.
There was a MUCH better reaction to this drink and they all gulped it down!
Who wouldn’t want a hot drink on a cold day? 🙂
Well we hope you enjoyed seeing how we do snow in Florida 🙂 Join us again next time for more fun and learning Group by Group!