Before playing at the center, we will cut a pumpkin open and explore it’s insides so the students understand the correlation. So often children do not like touching the yucky insides of a pumpkin so this will be a touch friendly version of pumpkin guts.
|My son, Payton, testing out the pumpkin sensory table.|
Teacher's Tip: I usually change what is in my sand table weekly, but as the week progresses we add more items, skills and concepts to the table. To start the week, the goal is simply appropriate exploration, playing with the materials inside the table, getting used to the new textures and items in the table.
Instructor's Insight:Many students with special needs need time to adjust to change. Then as the week goes on, we add more items and skills.
Extra Credit: The items in the table such as corn, beans and rice seem to be too loud and it bothers students’ sensory systems. I place a soft padded carpet at the bottom of the table to make it less noisy.