April After Party


photoEach 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.




IMG_2229This post has photos of our middle and high school students enjoying books and activities from some of our April themes.






IMG_1499IMG_0755Ocean was the theme of our first unit. The students loved going “under the sea” with our umbrella habitat complete with whale sounds recorded on a voice output device.

photoOur umbrella habitats are always a hit and this was no exception!



IMG_1534IMG_0785The students were intrigued with the 3 different discovery bottles—one with a submarine, one with colorful jewel like shells, and one with glittery jelly fish.







IMG_2235IMG_0779Coral reefs were made with moldable orange Floam.

IMG_0738                                                                              Fabulous!



IMG_0743IMG_1529A variety of ocean treasures could be found in this box including a ship wreck, pearls, fish, and…..





IMG_0777a fun orca puppet!



IMG_2234Size comparisons were explored with different shells and a fun picture to find hidden beneath the sand.










IMG_2236IMG_1502Shaving foam and water made for wonderfully messy sensory experiences for our maritime theme.








IMG_1649IMG_1141It was all about math with our Numbers unit. Each of the boxes had things to count,



IMG_1140IMG_1657and sort……









IMG_1145……..IMG_1666things to measure with

IMG_1679                                                                               and colors to enjoy.






IMG_1663IMG_1677The box of 4 pompoms got everyone feeling like a cheerleader….






IMG_1672                                                                                          Go Team!




IMG_2197IMG_2233There were so many fabulous boxes to explore in our Storybook Parade unit.

Green food coloring and glitter made for some fantastic Emerald City oobleck!








IMG_2217IMG_2240As usual, the students had a blast with the prop box—-IMG_2768                                                what fun to look at the world through rose colored glasses 🙂






IMG_2193IMG_2199Red moon sand and a cookie cutter helped a llama get some red pajamas!








IMG_2739This unit also came with a bad case of stripes 🙂

IMG_2753and some super fun little owl feathers.












IMG_2771IMG_2236Who doesn’t love a good Alice in Wonderland tea party!

IMG_2758                                                          What a fun way to explore measurement.



IMG_2898IMG_3371Our final theme for April was Earth Day. The students found letters to spell out the word EARTH in our blue rice with green split peas.








IMG_3357IMG_2926A box FILLED with beads continued the blue and green theme.










IMG_2940There were flowers and leaves to sort in this next box. The leis inspired some of the students and staff to do an impromptu hula 🙂









IMG_2916There were 2 discovery bottles. One was filled with blue and green glitter swirling around in a “blue ocean”.

The other had some clear marbles in water to symbolize melting ice—-what we don’t want to happen to our ice caps!







IMG_2937IMG_3367This box was filled with a variety of Earth Day related items including things that could be recycled such as paper and play food “cans” and “bottles”. There were also endangered animals, little people, and the word “HOME” since the earth is home to all of us.

IMG_3392                                             There was something for everyone to explore and discover!



IMG_2911IMG_3396Our oobleck was turned into “mud” with a little help from cocoa powder—-lots of fun!

It also smelled a LOT better than the real thing 🙂







IMG_2907Eye hand coordination was practiced as students scooped out some”trash” out of the water.









IMG_3359Hope you enjoyed our April After Party! Our students had a blast in a month filled with fun and learning—–Group by Group!


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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