We went all out PINK this week in honor of breast cancer awareness. Of course, all the boxes in the sensory group were pink. The fine motor groups made pink projects and the language group made some yummy strawberry milkshakes—-YUM!!!
This first box was filled with a whole variety of pink items. There were some fun textures like the paper shred, shaker pom poms, a fluffy ball, and a bath scrubber. There was a fun light up baton and a noisy hand clapper. Also fun to discover were cute plush bear, a plastic flamingo, and a couple of plastic discs to match.
There were 4 letter “P”s to find in the pink rice and the word “pink” to find at the bottom of the box. As usual, our students had a lot of fun running their fingers around the grains. A rice box is always a favorite activity!
The science access point match objects by an observable property, such as size, shape and color is addressed here.
Recognize changes in observable properties of materials is a science access point.
Track a falling object is a science access point.
Match objects with similar observable properties, such as size, shape, color, or texture is a science access point.
The science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is addressed here.
Our water play was extra special this week with the addition of this super fun starfish bath toy we found at Walmart! A button on the starfish activated a fountain and a flashing light—–WAY COOL!!!!! Needless to say, the students were fascinated 🙂
Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point.
FINE MOTOR GROUP
On Tuesday our students made pink flamingos using the template found here: flamingo template
Identify objects by one observable property, such as color, is a science access point.
Apply a push to move an object is a science access point.
The math access point recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down can be addressed here.
On Thursday we used some really cool sticky back fur (thanks Ms. Kim) to make bracelets!
Again, this addresses the science access point identify objects by one observable property.
We used our adaptive tabletop scissors to trim a toilet paper roll. We counted aloud the number of cuts it took each student to make it from one side to the other. It took as few as 7 and as many as 15 cuts!
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 here.
Then we applied a strip of the peel and stick fur around the roll. The students needed a little help with this but they did a great job and it went a lot smoother than we anticipated. It helped to remind them to go SLOWLY. Bilateral coordination and pincer grasp skills were really practiced with this part of our project!
Recognize an action as fast or slow is a science access point.
We decided to make something pink and yummy during the language group this week. We made strawberry milkshakes using this recipe: Let’s Make a Strawberry Milkshake
Associate quantities with number names is a math access point.
When we added milk to the blender, we talked about how it was COLD. Our students each took a turn touching the milk bottle to see if it was cold or hot.
Recognize common objects or materials as warm or cold is a science access point.
As always, the most fun part was when our students got to activate the blender. Again, each of our students took a turn activating a switch which turned on the blender. We had to LOOK to see if it was smooth.
YUM—–perhaps tasting actually is the most fun part 🙂