Stone Letters - We used small stones (dollar store find!) to form letters. I allowed time after to play with the stones because it was great sensory and perfect teachable moment on the sense of touch. How does the stone feel? This is very smooth, and cold.
Sensory Letters - She used the sensory bottle we made in feelings week, the one with rice and letters, and she would shake it find a letter and write it down.
Dry Erase - Making the number 8 on dry erase boards was a fun easy way to practice writing. We pretended the marker was an ice skater and we made figure eights. She preferred the snowman approach to 8 writing.
Workbook - We utilized our workbooks a lot to reinforce the numbers we have been practicing along with playing connect the dot and color by number puzzles. If you need help finding a good workbook I have a great post on workbooks here.
Water Play - I got new eyedroppers and I plan on using them in the future so I figured this was a great week for her to experiment with them. I told her how grown ups use bigger versions of these to baste the turkey on thanksgiving. We demonstrated on a toy onion (she didn't have a plastic turkey and our imagination isn't broke).
Sensory Exploring - We used all the sensory bins I have introduced so far throughout the week. Rainbow rice, gourds, leaves, stones, and pom poms.
Bubble Wrap Painting - Using bubble wrap she painted the kernels on corn on the cob.
Art & Crafts
Turkey Suit - I used a paper grocery bag cut out the 2 large sides and handles. I taped the handles for straps and flipped the long face side backwards so you don't see he grocery store logo and you have a plain brown side to glue on the face. The headband is from the same bag and I cut out feathers from construction paper.
Thankful 5 Senses Book - I used a FREE PDF from Shaunna's websitehere. She is very sweet and has a wonderful website with great resources.
Hear - I hid various items in coffee cans and asked her to use her sense of hearing to identify what was inside. She tried shaking the cans over and over and was actually able to guess some of the items correctly. Some items I hid inside various cans included: pom poms, crayons, rice, and rocks.
See - I taught her what being blind meant and how some people are not as fortunate as us and can't see. I made stop and go signs and made her rely on her eyes to play a freeze dance game. She loves the freeze dance song where they jump and twirl and you need to listen for the music to tell you when to freeze, I created my own freeze dance and made her use her eyes to tell her when to freeze by reading the stop and go. Thankfully we learned to read stop back in fire safety week and this week our sight word is go!
Smell - We talked about all the smells of thanksgiving and what her favorite smells are. We colored a picture of a turkey with scented markers.
Touch - I used empty wipes containers and filled them with various items. She stuck her hands in the containers and had to rely on touch to figure out what was inside. I was surprised she accurately guessed all the items! Items I used included: slime (we made together the da before), bumpy gourds, and bubble wrap.
Taste - We talked about the mouth how the tongue has taste buds that pick up different tastes such as sweet sour and salty. I put 6 different cupcake wrappers filled with sweet, salty, and sour food had her sample them and classify the taste.