Here is a great way to motivate a child who loves chocolate to work on some patterning skills. A VERY easy My Obstacle Course station idea that requires little in preparation other than purchasing the Kisses and with the holiday break fast approaching, I am looking for every activity I can to help me keep my son engaged in purposeful activities! I have found that when working on patterns with my son, using the phrase, "What comes next?" works really well. I incorporate the term … [Read more...] about Holiday Hershey Kiss Patterning
Archives for December 2010
I was at the teacher supply store looking for some ideas for a winter themed Obstacle Course and found a package of these cute penguin and igloo cutouts. I think their original purpose was for a bulletin board but I decided to use them to create an Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching Game. It is so easy to prepare a station activity like this when the difficult work of cutting and theme-making is done for me! (Note: This idea can be adapted to use different kinds of paper, cutouts … [Read more...] about Winter Themed Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching Game
My son is one of those children that doesn't like to play ball- throwing, tossing, catching or kicking - doesn't matter, because right now* he could care less. (*Note: I say "right now" because there have been things in the past that he didn't care about (ex. handwriting) but now he does (because he's obsessed with names and wants to write them :) ) so don't dismiss things that your child is not into because they may just not be ready for it. If at first they aren't into it, try and introduce … [Read more...] about Ball Play a Problem? Try Something Sparkly!
Matching has been an important activity for us in My Obstacle Courses, especially when Andrew's speech was not intelligible. He didn't need to speak intelligibly to show what he knew because he could demonstrate his knowledge by matching pictures, letters, words and numbers. This simple activity gave me a great deal of information, specifics about his understanding for a variety of skills, topics and themes that no one else was able to get. Calendar cutouts have become an essential item for … [Read more...] about Calendar Cutout Matching
Years before I had Andrew, I was a teacher. I taught kindergarten for 4 years and loved it! I loved it because of the emphasis on play and discovery when given common household items, such as buttons. One year I requested that families send in any unused buttons that they may have lying around their drawers or sewing kits. I filled half of a shoebox with a marvelous collection of buttons. The children would have a ball playing with and sorting the buttons. They were encouraged to find new … [Read more...] about Button Sorting
Last year I was wandering the aisles of Michaels Arts and Crafts store, looking for things to incorporate into My Obstacle Course. Since it was December, the store was filled with lots of items symbolic of the holiday season, just like it is now. During the next few weeks I'll share what I discovered and how I have used it. Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle All the Way! Oh What Fun It is to... Pattern Jingle Bells! One thing I found and was quite excited about using was a package of jingle … [Read more...] about Jingle Bell Patterning