May 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 May—–enjoy!






We started the month with a Spring Fun theme that looked at some of the fun things that happen at our school in the spring.

The talent show is always a hit——we have TALENT!

We put some costumes and props in this box.






The FSU Marching Chiefs come to visit in the spring. They put on a great show and even let the students touch their instruments. This box contained a variety of toy instruments for the students to play.

There were also pom poms and other items in FSU colors.






Spring break means going to the BEACH for a lot of us!

The students had fun making sand castles and searching for shells in our mini beach.






Fun Day has lots of fun activities including water play.










We represented Prom with sparkly glitter in our oobleck and Graduation with rice in our school colors.

There was a picture of the Class of 2017 to find under the rice.





May is Asian Heritage month so we learned about the country of Japan.







The students sorted pom poms in the colors of the Japanese flag.

We included some “training” chopsticks.






Tokyo is a city filled with millions of lights.

The students really enjoyed our light box and light toys.






The light box popular but…..


…..the Godzilla light was especially fun 🙂






This box had a variety of Japanese symbols and items that represented things that are manufactured there.

We even found a little sumo wrestler!






Hello Kitty is from Japan.

Our pink rice was perfect for this box!





The students raked designs in our tea leaf zen garden.

There were also some letter J’s to find.






The students added snow to Mount Fuji.

Lots of fun here!





Hands were rinsed in water that contained some play “ramen” noodles.

There were also some Koi fish.






One of our interns helped us come up with this next fun theme—-Sweet Treats!









We had colorful “circus” peanuts.

                                                                  Fun to scoop!






We used neon food coloring to make our “jelly” bean.

They really look like the real thing!






The students made candy hearts using Bubber.

We included 2 different sized cookie cutters.






Some candy is HARD and some is SOFT.

In this box the students were asked to compare and contrast items that were hard or soft.





Watermelon koolaide made our play dough a perfect bubble gum pink!

They really enjoyed both the aroma and texture.






Cocoa powder made our oobleck look just like chocolate syrup.

The students were pretty intrigued!





Hands were rinsed in water that contained Mr. Bubble Bath Crackles.

These were super fun and made cool noises in the water!

There were some scoops and a funnel for added fun.





Our final theme of the year was Let’s Go to the Beach!

We had some fine play sand with a funnel and bucket.

Moon sand was used to represent the packed sand near the water.

Our black sand beach was made with kinetic sand.





Battery operated fans and a water spray bottle mimicked the feeling of the wind and ocean spray on the beach.

The fan with flashing lights was very popular.






The students made wavy lines in the the sea foam shaving cream then rinsed their hands in water that had some scoops and a little squirting fish.







Our underwater ocean umbrella is always a hit.

There were dolphin and whale sounds recorded on our voice output device which really added to the underwater effect.




Well that is the last 2016-2017 After Party but we plan to be back next school year for more fun and learning——Group by Group!


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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