The Emmys


IMG_4246With the Emmys so recently in the news we thought it would be a really fun unit for our students.  The sensory group boxes were related to different tv shows, the fine motor groups used everyday objects to make tv related art projects, and the language group made a yummy dessert!








IMG_4071IMG_4250This first box is GOLDEN—-just like an Emmy award! It was filled with a bunch of shiny gold mardi gras beads which are always a favorite with our students.

Recognize common objects in the environment is a science access point.








IMG_4043IMG_4019The students were able to make their own “Berk”  mountains using grey floam. There were also a couple of cute little play dragons to fly around their creations.

IMG_3812The science access point recognize a change in an object can be addressed in this activity.





IMG_4230IMG_3801The Sesame Street box was really bright and colorful—–very eye catching!

We started with a base of red paper shred then added some character figures, alphabet letters, numbers, play food cookies, and an Elmo board book. A totally fun filled box!

IMG_4047Recognize a model of a real object is a science access point.





IMG_4229IMG_3971Our Ellen box was filled with red velvet cake mix, her favorite cake flavor! We included a cookie cutter letter for stamping fun and there was a picture of Ellen——-holding an Emmy OF COURSE 🙂

The little spoon we put in the box was great for scooping practice!

Recognize that pulling or pushing an object is a science access point.





IMG_4253IMG_4010Just like the dog with a blog, our students got to do some writing with this activity! In this case, foam letters D-O-G were placed in the shaving cream for them to use. Of course, they could also use their fingers to write whatever they chose—–including free form designs 🙂

IMG_3796Use upper and lower case letters and words is a language access point.





IMG_4024IMG_4271Doc McStuffins is a huge favorite with many of our students so we had to include a box for that show! We filled it with the usual “medical supplies” such as cotton balls, tongue depressors, medicine cups, bandaids, and a surgical mask. A stethoscope and cute plush patient were also included.

IMG_3834                                                     The students had an absolute blast 🙂

This box addresses the science access point recognize a model of a real object.





IMG_3825Curious George was the inspiration for our scent this week——-BANANA! We added some banana scented bubble bath (from Walmart) to our water play and added 2 different size yellow scoops.

Recognize differences in sizes of containers that hold liquids is a math access point.







IMG_4082IMG_4288Banana scented lotion (from World Market) left our student smelling just delicious and was a perfect scent to help them remember all the tv shows we discussed today!

It was perfect for putting on hands, arms, AND noses 🙂

IMG_4092Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.






On Tuesday, our fine motor group was brought to you by the numbers 1 and 2!  We made Sesame Street characters using colorful paper plates!

IMG_3881We started by asking each student if they wanted to make Cookie Monster or Elmo. They were pretty evenly divided between the characters 🙂

Effectively communicate wants and needs, with prompting, to a familiar person is a language access point.







IMG_3851The students were then asked to identify the number 2 using communication symbols—–they did a really great job!

Associate quantities 1 and 2 with number names is a math access point.









IMG_3856IMG_3867We discussed the shape of the plates and also noted that the eyes were also circle shaped. Then we used a circle punch to cut out 2 eyes. For those that chose Elmo, they also used an oval punch to cut out 1 nose.

This activity addresses the math access points recognize differences in size of objects and recognize a common object with a two-dimensional shape.





IMG_3870IMG_3919Next all the pieces, including pre-cut mouths, were glued down onto the plates. 2 googlie eyes were then added—-a great chance to work on pincer grasp skills!

Associate quantities with number names and match one object to a designated space to show one-to-one correspondence are both math access points.















IMG_3916IMG_3896What a bunch of characters 🙂

IMG_3934                                                                                So cute!




On Wednesday, our fine motor group made microphones! Nina, one of our great volunteers prepared the toilet paper rolls for us by covering them with paper and gluing on styrofoam balls.

IMG_4105First the students got to choose which microphone they wanted.

Effectively communicate wants and needs, with prompting, to a familiar person is a language access point.








IMG_4136Then the students decorated their microphones with foam stickers. The stickers turned out to be a little lacking in the sticky factor so we brought out some glue sticks which worked perfectly! We also applied some glue to the styrofoam ball and added a little silver glitter.

The math access point solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more can be addressed in this activity.





IMG_4127IMG_4197Time to get this party started!

IMG_4204                                                 TA DA—–here are some new American Idols 🙂





Since one of Ellen’s favorite foods is red velvet cake, we decided that a good cooking activity would be something with red velvet cake in it!  We decided to make Red Velvet Cake Trifle.  Here is a link to the recipe: Let’s Make a Red Velvet Cake Trifle!

IMG_4300We began by getting the pudding ready. The students helped add ingredients to the mixing bowl.

Recognize the next step in a simple pattern or sequence of activities is a math access point.








IMG_4290After they touched the milk carton, we asked the students if it was warm or cold.

Recognize common objects or materials as warm or cold is a science access point.









IMG_4308IMG_4323 Our students always love activating the mixer with a switch–EVERYONE gets a turn!

Share objects with a partner is a science access point.






IMG_4336While the pudding was being set, we got out the red velvet cake and talked about how it was RED.  After counting out cups for all of our friends, we put some cake in the cup. Half way through, we stopped and asked the students if we had “enough”.

Solve problems involving small quantities of objects or actions using language, such as enough, too much, or more is a math access point.





IMG_4346Next, we put some pudding on top of the cake.  We made sure to take note of the pudding and how it had changed from a liquid to a solid.

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

We topped it off with some whipped cream and sprinkles.  Everyone had a chance to sprinkle the chocolate on top.





IMG_4354And of course, our favorite part came last–eating it all up! YUM!!!!!









IMG_3983What fun we had this week! Join us again next time for more fun and learning——Group by Group!

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