April After Party


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 April—–enjoy!





We started the month with an original story about a character called Cinderella Monkey. The story was about her birthday celebration.

This box was filled with a variety of items associated with birthday parties.





We made some “funfetti” cloud dough which the students used to form birthday cake shapes.

There was also some funfetti rainbow rice….

….and funfetti oobleck!





Hands were rinsed in lemonade scented water and we used the same scent for our lotion.






Our next unit celebrated National Siblings Day. Staff members submitted photos of their siblings and we dedicated boxes to them—-everyone had fun guessing which box went with which sibling 🙂

We made some UF Gator play dough for Ms. Thea’s siblings.

                                                                      Go Gators!





There was Iowa corn for Ms. Jen’s brother and a South Africa box for Ms. Cara’s sister!









The students searched for space related items in our black kinetic sand.

Ms. Jane’s brother works for NASA!






Both Ms. Elaine and Ms. Caressa have sisters who are involved with music.

The students had a blast with the music themed box!






Ms. Vicki and her sisters like to get facials together…..so we colored our shaving cream green and let the student give the cartoon drawing a facial.

                                         They had a lot of fun with this one 🙂






Hands were rinsed in blue Miami water complete with the flashing lights of the big city.

                                             Ms. Joi and her sisters are from Miami!






Author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter was the subject of our next unit. This complimented the Unique Curriculum unit in which the students discussed how people earn money.






We made a little garden perfect for Peter Rabbit using coffee grounds as dirt.

There were a variety of vegetables to plant and pick.








Students stamped rabbits in moon sand.

We chose blue sand since that was the color of Peter Rabbit’s jacket.





Beatrix Potter was from England.

In this box we put a variety of British themed items, including a fun flag banner.





The students searched for the letters B and P in the colors of the British flag.

There was also a picture of Beatrix Potter to find underneath.





Beatrix Potter also raised sheep.

The students had lots of fun with our sheep puppet 🙂





Our shaving cream became “fluffy” clouds this week.

Lots of fun as usual!





Fun to push together, spread apart……

or draw lines in!



See you next month!

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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