Monday, January 30, 2017

Valentine Bottle and Sensory Tub

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day! 
Here are two simple sensory ideas you can add to your Literacy Centers for a little bit of Valentiney fun!

Valentine Word Bottle

Students give the bottle a shake to reveal the words written on hearts and then write the words on the recording sheet.  On papers like this, if the students are ready, I usually have them turn the paper over and write a sentence using one of the words from the front.
To make this activity, I wrote "Valentine" words on hearts I cut from craft foam. (Words like: sweet, candy, be mine, Valentine, etc.) But you could Sight Words if you choose.
Then I added curled ribbon, confetti, and colored beads.  
Once the bottle is made, all you have to do is print out the FREE recording sheet and you have a super simple activity for your students to complete in Literacy Centers.
Valentine Sight Word Bottle
 You can grab a FREE copy of this recording page on Teachers Pay Teachers, here!
Valentine Sight Word Bottle

Valentine Sensory Tub

 I have updated my Valentine Sensory Tub since I posted about it last year.  For this year, I wrote words on foam hearts that the students use to make sentences. 
Valentine Sensory Tub
Included in this sensory tub are:
wooden "cookie" hearts
puffy hearts
Poms-red, white, and sparkly pink
rose petals
heart shaped ice tray
felt roses
pattern cards with rubber manipulatives
foam hearts to make sentences

Hope you have an amazing Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winter Excitement!

Well winter isn't actually extremely exciting here is Texas, so my title is a little facetious.  Unless you're counting 40 degree weather one day, followed by 80 degree weather the next! We don't see much snow around here, but it's still fun to learn about everything that winter involves!

Winter Sensory Tub
Each season I try to put out a new sensory tub for the kids to explore.  There are no directions, just free exploration!
 It contains:
blue & white pom poms(some are sparkly!)
felt snowflakes
plastic ice cubes
corncob pipe

Winter Sensory Bottle
The picture doesn't do this bottle justice!  There are tiny plastic white snowflakes and white glitter in this bottle that look gorgeous floating around like snow!

Winter Ten Frame Count Around the Room
We use this ten frame activity to practice numbers 10-20.  I hang the ten frames around the room, then the kids grab a clipboard, and find each card.  They then see how many items are on each card and write it on their recording sheet.
Winter Ten Frame Count Around the Room

Winter Ten Frame Count Around the Room

You can get a copy on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Winter Ten Frame Count Around the Room

You might also like this Winter Vocabulary Match & Write activity. 
Winter Vocabulary Match & Write

You can see our adorable Hibernating Bears from last year here.
Hibernating Teddy Bears

And see our Snowman Measuring post here.
Snowman Measuring Strip