Father’s Day craft

Last week we did a Father’s Day craft a little early.  I found it on Pinterest.  It wasn’t originally made to be a Father’s Day project, but I spun it into one!  Take a look!

We used sharpies to draw the stem and the eraser end of a pencil to stamp our dandelions.  I originally used a circle cut into a paper plate as a stencil.  It worked somewhat in keeping the cirlce shape, but I eventually scrapped that idea.  It also worked when I “drew” a cicle with the white paint and had the students “color” it in with the stamp.

In order to make it in the Father’s Day card, I made this quick heading in Word.  I used a bunch of fun handwriting fonts to make it look cute. 🙂

You can download my version of the heading here!

I hope you enjoy this craft – for those of you still in school like I am… 😦


Spring and Mother’s Day crafts for low incidence populations

I’ve been slacking on my usual posts about activities with low incidence populations, so now I’m playing catchup.  Here’s what I’ve done with my intellectually disabled group for the past three weeks.

I live in a suburb of Washington, DC, so the Cherry Blossoms are a big thing.  When I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it!

We used two different sized soda bottles and two different shades of pink (barely…).  This is great for working on big vs. little and added to the OT aspect as well.

Instead of each student doing their own, we put 2-3 students to a poster and made a collaborative piece of art.  It’s now hanging in the hallway 🙂

First, they drew the trunk and branches with brown paint, then we dipped the soda bottles in the pink paint and added the flowers, and last we put the grass at the bottom.  We worked on colors and nouns (grass, flowers, tree, trunk, branch, etc).

This activity did not take long at all, so we also did a comprehension/wrap up activity on the SMARTBoard using Boardmaker Studio.  Here are some screenshots of the Boardmaker question activity:

Last week we made umbrellas.  I also saw this craft on Pinterest.  I know you’re all shocked…

We used dot paints to decorate a paper plate.

Then the adults cut the paper plate in half and a small slit in each half (the top of on side of the plate and the bottom of the other).  On one half we glued a handle (that we had pre-cut).

While one one adult was cutting/prepping the paper plates, the other occupied the students with the “April” banner from the calendar.  It had rain drops and an umbrella on it.  How perfect!

We glued the handle to the half with the slit on top; the other half of the plate has the slit on the bottom.

Here it is all put together!

We also attached rain drops with white yarn and a hole punch, but I don’t have a picture of that. 

This, again, was a rather quick craft.  Here are the Wh- questions that I asked at the end of the session using Boardmaker on the SMARTBoard.

Today we did a Mother’s Day craft/card.  Here is my inspiration. 

To prepare, we cut pots, strips of green paper (2 different colors for some added dimension), and flowers using the Ellison press.  I also used white yarn.

The pot has a fold at the bottom, so it has 2 halves.

First, we used fun scissors (those craftng ones that cut different patterns) to just snip the grass.  Then, we glued it to the top of the open flower pots.  Here are two examples:

a different shade of green on eaach half

Next, the students chose which color flowers they wanted.  I had 5 colors to choose from.  If you’re doing this with more verbal students, this would be great for requesting and describing: “I want a blue flower.”  We also targeted first/second/third and top/middle/bottom.  The example includes a picture of the student on a fourth flower, but we did not.  As the students chose a flower, we just taped it to the yarn.

Next, we taped the end of the yarn into the bottom of the pot, then glued the sides of the pot shut.

The example has words written on each flower and the pot.  I adapted it for my non-verbal/non-writers by printing symbols beforehand. The students had to receptively identify the word/picture/symbol I asked for.  They read: “I”, “love”, “you”, & “Happy Mother’s Day”.

We glued  and/or taped each symbol to the flower and pot.  Both glue and tape worked, so we just did whatever was nearest to that student at the time or whichever worked for their OT goals.

Here they are all finished.  How cute are they?!  I really think the moms will love them!

I hope you can use these soon and it’s not too late!  Visit the pinterest link for the Mother’s Day craft – there’s a pot template!


Spring Language Craft – Daffodils

Today with my intellectually disabled group I did a spring craft that I saw on Pinterest.  The blog where it originated was in Italian and the post itself was no longer available, so I kind of made it up as I went along.  Thankfully the picture on the pin was very clear!

Here’s how I made it work:

We used white cupcake liners, highlighters, and some green Popsicle sticks that I happened to have on hand.  I also brought pipe cleaners thinking those might work as stems if we threaded them through the liners after punching a hole, but, I decided to go with the Popsicle sticks instead.

my materials

The original image I’m working from used yellow cupcake liners of 2 different sizes.  I only had large white ones on hand, so I went with that.

Found here: http://laclassedellamaestravalentina.blogspot.com/search/label/fiori%20carta

I had the kids color one cupcake liner yellow using a highlighter. Then, we kept one liner white for contrast. I like those two-tone daffodils anyway 😉

Here are our steps:

one colored yellow, one kept white

 Holding the highlighter and coloring was a great OT aspect of the activity because the highlighters are very fat.

I used tape to adhere the liners together

I also used tape to stick the Popsicle stick to the back

all finished!

Throughout the activity, I had students identifying colors (white, yellow, green), following directions, learning concepts (on top, in), and labeling a variety of nouns (flower, stick, cup [my modified word for “cupcake liner”]).

They came out very cute, and clearly the kids did them themselves (with assistance as needed).  They’re certainly not as perfect as my inspiration, but I worked with what I had.  I’d recommend yellow cupcake liners if you can find them. 

Overall, it was a very quick activity.  It would be great as a follow up to reading a book or some other lesson (on parts of a flower maybe?).  You could also follow it with a sequencing activity to discuss the steps you used.  

For more cute spring crafts and ideas to target language, check out Speech Buddies’ blog here!