Hootie Visits China


IMG_6014Our little friend Hootie the Owl just got back from a visit to China—–how cool is that! He took lots of pictures while there and since February 8 is the Chinese New Year we thought it would be the perfect theme for this week. The sensory group used senses of hearing, sight, touch, and smell to explore China. The fine motor groups made some fun art projects and the language group made a tasty Chinese snack.






IMG_5625IMG_5853You have to spend a long time on an airplane to get to China! We brought out a vibrating massager and recorded some jet sounds on our voice output device to simulate the feeling of flying.

Ready for take off!!!

IMG_5653Recognize and respond to different types of sensory stimuli is a science access point.





IMG_5863IMG_5822The Chinese flag has 1 big yellow star and 4 little yellow stars. We made some bright yellow play dough and our students used cookie cutters to cut out different sized stars—-just like the flag!

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







IMG_5817IMG_5620The Great Wall of China is one of the 7 wonders of the world and Hootie got to visit it! Our students got to make their own wall stamping brick shapes into play sand. There was also letter C and star cookie cutters to add to the fun.

IMG_5608The science access point recognize that pushing and pulling an object makes it move is addressed with this activity.






IMG_5664IMG_5832China is famous for its tea just like the kind we put in this box.  Hmm, wonder if Hootie drank a cup while he was there? Our students loved running their fingers through the fragrant tea. There was a picture of Hootie at the Great Wall at the bottom of the box and lots of letter “C”s to find.

The science access point match objects with similar observable properties, such as shape can be addressed here.





IMG_5827IMG_5677There were lots of things to discover in this box of red paper shred—-red is considered a lucky color in China. We included a Chinese flag, stars (like ones on the flag), people, a panda, and a little Hootie!

Since 2016 will be the year of the monkey, there was also a cute little plush one in the box—-and it made monkey sounds when squeezed 🙂

IMG_5868Recognize a characteristic of a culture is a social studies access point.





IMG_5662IMG_5615One of the places Hootie visited was the famous Birds Nest Stadium from the Beijing Olympics. We put some red and yellow food coloring into our shaving cream and had the students mix it together to make their own “olympic flames”.

IMG_5858Recognize that the appearance of an object or material has changed is a science access point.





IMG_5836IMG_5850The students rinsed their messy hands in Essence of Beauty jasmine ginger scented water. We put a funnel and scoop for added fun!

Recognize water as a liquid is a science access point.
IMG_5892The matching lotion had an aroma that was different from many of our other scents. It was very attention getting and intriguing to our students.

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





IMG_5697IMG_5700We finished our group with some “firecrackers” (AKA bubble wrap)—–to celebrate the Chinese New Year!

IMG_5890                                                                 It was a blast 🙂






On Tuesday we made Chinese flags!

IMG_5450IMG_5446We started by discussing the color of the paint we were going to use. The students used communication symbols to identify the color yellow.

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





IMG_5464IMG_5481Next we used yellow paint to stamp 1 BIG star and 4 LITTLE stars onto a red rectangle shaped piece of paper.



IMG_5503Recognize a movement that reflects a spatial relationship, such as up and down is a math access point. Recognize differences in size of objects is also a math access point.





IMG_5472IMG_5499Ta Da——

IMG_5460                                                             ——–we love China!





On Wednesday we made our very own Hooties out of toilet paper tubes!

IMG_5715IMG_5717We started by asking the students to identify a rectangle using communication symbols.

Recognize an object with a 2-dimensional shape is a math access point.






IMG_5781IMG_5743To decorate our Hooties we used some wallpaper samples. We actually found some that had monkeys—–pure serendipity!

The students used paper cutters to trim the paper into rectangles. Of course, we counted each side as the cut was made!

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




IMG_5769IMG_5750The students squeezed glue onto the back of the paper and rolled it around the toilet paper roll. This was a little tricky and most of our students needed help with this step. We found that a little bit of tape was helpful and securing paper until the glue dried.

The science access point recognize that pushing or pulling an object makes if move is again addressed here.




IMG_5729Time to add Hooties face (prepared ahead of time by one of our volunteers) which was a different shape—-this time a circle. We also noted that his beak was a triangle!

Recognize an object with a 2-dimensional shape is a math access point.






IMG_5775IMG_5736To finish 2 feathery wings were added, and…………

Ta Hootie Da!!!!








IMG_5799IMG_5801After we finished our Hooties, we decided to have a little more firecracker fun—–

IMG_5806                                                      —–Happy New Year China 🙂







To celebrate the Chinese New Year, our language group decorated some sweet treats to eat!  Cara made some butter cookies, one of the desserts that are common around this time of year in China, and brought them for the students to decorate.

IMG_5898Since we didn’t buy any frosting, we had to make our own.  We started by putting some butter into a bowl.  Then our students took turns measuring out the confectioners sugar added it to the bowl.

The science access point, share objects with a partner is addressed with this activity.






IMG_5957IMG_5937We hooked our mixer up to a power link so the students could use a switch to could mix up the ingredients.  They had fun listening and seeing what happens when the switch was pressed 🙂

Recognize that electrical systems must be turned on in order to work is a science access point.





IMG_5946IMG_5943Once the butter and sugar was mixed up, our students got to see how the DRY ingredients were now WET after we added some red food coloring, vanilla and milk. The vanilla had an interesting aroma!

IMG_6008Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli is a science access point. The science access point distinguish between items that are wet and items that are dry is also addressed.




IMG_5997IMG_6004When our frosting was ready, each of the students got to spread some of it on their own cookie—–fun! Then they sprinkled some yellow sprinkles on top.  IMG_5999We had tried to make the frosting a little more red to signify the red for the Chinese flag, while the sprinkles were yellow to signify the yellow stars on the flag.




IMG_6006IMG_5953Ok, so our frosting wasn’t exactly RED but pink is actually LIGHT red—–right? 🙂

Either way, this was the tastiest rendition of a flag that we’ve ever had!






IMG_5691Well that wraps up another week! Be sure and join us next time for more fun and learning—–Group by Group!

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