I thought my energy levels were starting to finally get back to normal and then Friday rolled around and I am wiped out! Matt started his job this past week, which I think is part of my exhaustion as I get Ethan up and ready for the day and take him to and from daycare and such. Hopefully, once I hit 12 weeks (I'm 10.5 weeks right now) my energy levels will start to go back to normal!
Anyways, over the past couple of years I have made a lot of fine motor tubs. I love these things and the kids do too! Another perk is they are easy to make and the cheap!

I used Cool Whip containers and got the pom-poms in the dollar spot at Target.

 
I used small sample baby formula containers for these and the buttons I had in the classroom. I just cut a slit and the kids put them in.


This is another cool whip container and just regular pom-poms.
 
For this one I used mini koosh balls that you can get through Oriental Trading. All of these different manipulatives are great for students with sensory needs too because of the different textures.

 
This is large sour cream container and straws. I try to have the kids match the colors that can, but if they can't that's okay too.

 
This was a Pringles container and the students match large straws (from the Dollar Store) to the colors on the lid.

 
These are great short tasks if I need to help a student with a task (cutting, tracing, etc) and the other student may be a runner or not be able to do their work independently. It is also great if the students have finished their and have just a couple of minutes of free time.



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This week we talked all about Halloween.
1. We made mummies.


2. We made Frankenstein.


3. We made Monster hands. We made a construction paper strap on the other side that lets the kids wear their monster hands. I should have taken a picture of them wearing them. The kids loved it.


4. We played Roll a Scarecrow after reading There was An Old Lady who was Not Afraid. For the morning I had them identify the piece of clothing and the afternoon they had to give me the sound it made from the story. I got the game from Kara at Sped-Ventures.


5. We made also made some witches.

Have a great weekend!




This week I got to try the bubble wrap with my kiddos. It was really challenging for them. I focused on shapes with the am and counting out 1-6 and matching the numeral with the pm.

The kids didn't understand or were not heavy enough to have to push their toes down into the bubble wrap and many of my little ones struggle with jumping so even when they did that it didn't really work. However, I did have them try to pop the bubble wrap with their hands and although it was challenging, some were able to do it. The kids also seemed to love it even though it wasn't working the way it should have. If you try it I hope it works a little easier for you and if it does let me know how you did it!


 
Have a great Sunday!


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