IMG_9061FAILTE (welcome)—-we explored the beautiful country of Ireland this week! The sensory group enjoyed the colorful textures and scents of the country. Art projects using the color green were made in the fine motor group. The language group enjoyed another cooking project—-this time potatoes!






IMG_8794IMG_8721White, green, and orange paper shred—-the colors of the Irish flag—-made up the base of this box. There were lots of fun “Irish” things to find including a puffins, sheep, and a map of Dublin.  We put in a cute little vampire finger puppet in honor of Bram Stoker who lived in Ireland and wrote the story of Dracula. There were also a leprechaun hat and lots of shamrocks—of course! Irish music was recorded on a voice output device which made the box even more fun 🙂

IMG_8764The social studies access point associate an object, picture, or symbol with a location is addressed here.



IMG_8840IMG_8703Irish people LOVE to drink tea! Our box of tea leaves had 2 little teacups and 1 little spoon to fill them with.

The tea had a fabulous aroma also!

Filling the tea cups was a great opportunity 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_8910IMG_8707There are lots of fabulous castles to explore when visiting Ireland. We included 2 cups with our moonsand and our students had a blast building their own castles!

All the little turrets could be counted addressing the math access point associate quantitates with number names.




IMG_8907Potatoes were an important crop in Ireland and are still enjoyed with meals today. We sprinkled some confetti in with our potato flakes. There were little shamrocks and pictures of Irish dancers to find and count. A colorful map of Ireland could also be found at the bottom of the box.

In addition to visual and tactile discrimination, this activity addresses the science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.







IMG_8846Green shamrocks—one of the most recognizable symbols of the Emerald Isle! Students had fun using the cookie cutter to cut great big shamrocks out of our always popular Bubber.

The science access points apply a push to move an object and recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed are addressed here.







IMG_8788IMG_8758We added green and orange glitter to our white oobleck this week—-the colors in the Irish flag. The green represents the catholic faith and the orange represents the protestant faith. The white represents the peace between them.

As students intreat with the oobleck they are exploring the science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move.




IMG_9088IMG_9080Since Ireland is an island there are lots of fishing boats to be found. We put in a little boat to sail around out water play basin this week. There was also a little fish to swim in the water—-and squirt tourists 🙂 Our spray bottle also provided a misty rain—-and LOTS of giggles!



IMG_8778The science access points recognize the change in the motion of an object and distinguish between items that are wet and dry can be addressed with this activity.




IMG_8953Rain kissed leaves from Bath and Bodyworks was the PERFECT scent for this unit since Ireland has lots of rain—–that is why it has those fabled 40 shades of green 🙂

Our little leprechauns were all pretty happy with the scent and as usual, we asked the students to indicate whether they liked the scent and where they would like it applied, addressing the science access point recognize one or more external body parts.







IMG_8966IMG_8998Our art project on Tuesday was an Irish flag. First we used our paper cutter to cut green and orange rectangles.

The science access point recognize a change in an object is addressed here. The math access point recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes is also addressed.





IMG_8970We worked on hand strengthening by squeezing glue onto the rectangles and then gluing them down onto a BIGGER white rectangle!

Recognize differences in size of objects is a math access point.







IMG_8994IMG_9023Ta Da——-ERIN GO BRAGH!!!!!!!











IMG_9205We went totally GREEN with our Thursday art project!  First we asked the students to identify the color green using our communication symbols—–they did such a great job!

Identify common classroom objects by one observable property, such as  color is a science access point.







IMG_9222Then the students painted a mixture of watered down glue and green paint onto a white rectangle. Of course, we discussed the shape of the paper—-addressing the math access point recognize common objects with 2 dimensional shapes again.

Recognize a change in an object is the science access point addressed in this activity.







IMG_9238The students placed 1 shamrock onto their paper then we asked them to communicate if they were “all done” or wanted to add “1 more”. The shamrocks were made by tearing apart a shamrock garland found on the give away table—-so we really went green in more ways than one in this activity 🙂

The math access points indicate desire for more or no more of an action or object are addressed here.

We finished the project by adding a dash of green glitter!





IMG_9271IMG_9293TA DA—–super cute shamrocks!











We made instant mashed potatoes in the language group.  Although there was an Irish potato famine in the 1800s, there was not an absence of potatoes today.

IMG_9109We used this recipe to make our potatoes: Let’s Make Instant Mashed Potatoes.  After mixing the first few ingredients, we looked at how the butter we used was solid.  After putting the ingredients in the microwave, we observed what the butter looked like and saw that it had turned into a liquid!

Identify objects as solid or liquid  is a science access point.





IMG_9123When the ingredients were in the microwave, our students got to listen to some authentic Irish music while wearing green hats.  Super cute!








IMG_9169IMG_9180After heating the ingredients, our students helped us stir in the potato flakes.  Again, we observed how the potato flakes changed when they were put into a liquid.

Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.




IMG_9181IMG_9190Once the mashed potatoes were finished, our students got to choose a topping: cheese, bacon bits, and butter were their options. For our students with visual impairments, we used the real objects rather than pictures.

Communicate a preference for objects in daily activities is a language access point.



IMG_9186Finally, our students got to eat their instant mashed potatoes.  YUM!







IMG_8771We had a lot of fun exploring Ireland this week and hope you enjoyed seeing all our activities!

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

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