Welcome to the After Party! Each 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. Here are photos teachers have sent of their students exploring the different sensory boxes during the month of November—–enjoy!
Our first theme complimented the Unique Curriculum unit for the month—–Space. We learned about the earlier space travelers both human and animal!
The students loved the space umbrella complete with space shuttle and twinkling stars.
This was a hit!
Pink Bubber was a great stand-in for dehydrated strawberry ice cream—–astronaut food 🙂
Both monkeys and dogs went into space! The students had fun finding the colorful monkeys in our black “space” beans!
They also stamped dog shapes into moon sand.
There was a little astronaut to walk on our Floam moon surface.
The students had fun making circles, like planets, in the shaving foam. Hands were rinsed in water that had some glow in the dark planets to scoop out!
Our next theme looked at Jobs at School and featured students along with some of our staff members—-it was lots of fun planning boxes around their interests!
Ms. Latoya, our AP is a FAMU fan.
Ms. Alexis likes the color purple and Ms. Trenisha collects elephants—-there was a little pink elephant to find in our purple kinetic sand.
Ms. Linda likes pink and Ms. Caitlin likes the beach, so we made a pink beach!
Ms. Lori is from NYC with it’s bright lights and Ms. Lorry is from the windy city of Chicago.
Ms. Courtney likes birds and there were 3 little ones to find in a box of bird seed.
Ms. Leslie likes to garden!
Ms. April likes fettuccine alfredo—-we made ours with oobleck and plastic play spaghetti. Our students found this really intriguing!
In recognition of National Take a Hike day, November 17, our next theme was Hiking.
This box had a selection of things you might need while hiking.
There were lots of things to discover but the hat and glasses made for some fun photos!
There were a variety of forest animals to discover.
The birds that chirped when squeezed were very popular.
Another bird lover!
Our pasta “pine needles” and corn flake “dried leaves” were very intriguing to the students.
Pretty authentic sounds were made when hands moved around in the box.
We mixed a variety of herbs into our play dough to make it have kind of an “outdoors” scent.
The students used squirrel and turkey cookie cutters here.
The students enjoyed comparing the feel of the deer and otter animal “fur”.
It was fun to wear also 🙂
They had fun using their fingers to make trails in shaving cream snow!
Always a hit!
Hands were rinsed in a waterfall—–lots of fun!
The students were pretty intrigued!
The students had fun exploring and….
did we mention it was fun:)
In recognition of Dutch-American heritage day, we learned about the Netherlands.
We simulated an airplane flight using our vibrating tube and sounds of jets recorded on a voice output device.
This was a huge hit!
The students used different sized scoops in red, white, and blue rice—-the colors of the Dutch flag.
They also searched for letter H (for Holland) and N (for Netherlands) in orange colored pasta. Orange is the national color of the Netherlands.
There were lots of symbols of the Netherlands to find in this box.
A cookie cutter was used to cut out tulips in the red moonsand.
The Netherlands is known for it’s beautiful cloudy skies—-we made ours with shaving cream.
The students found the water pump toy very intriguing!
We finished up the semester with a fun Nutcracker Ballet unit!
As always, our snowflake umbrella was a hit. We added some pink craft foam umbrellas to keep with our ballet theme.
We also recorded music from the ballet on a voice output device.
Insta snow and “sugarplum” kinetic sand made for some intriguing textures for the students to explore.
Since the ballet takes place during a Christmas party, we included a box with some symbols of the holiday.
There was a squeaky nutcracker toy, wacky sunglasses, and a fun santa hat.
Thanks for joining us—–see you again in 2017!