Happy Halloween! I wanted to share our favorite Halloween activities this month. They all work great with my collection of mini objects! First up, Witches Brew!
Large cauldron (or bowl)
Small cauldrons (or cups)
Light up Wand (or spoon)
Articulation or Language mini objects (or pictures, cards, etc.)
I used mini objects from my collection (read more about how to make your own here). Add pompoms to the big cauldron (I used about 200 just for reference) to make it more fun. Put mini objects into the cauldron. Take turns pulling one item out and putting it into a small cauldron. I added a light up wand to stir our brew. While each child takes a turn, we sang “Stir it up, Stir it up, Reach inside!” After they pick a mini object, place it into a mini cauldron. Make a big deal of “tasting” the witches brew and decide if it is “delicious” or “disgusting” (we’re working on 3 syllable words).
Therapy Tips and Targets:
Name your cauldron based on the student’s target skill (cup, pot, cauldron, kettle, bucket).
Target early pretend ( “stir the soup” and “eat”) .
Describe your soup (disgusting, delicious, salty, spicy, sweet, stinky, hot, cold).
Work on imitating actions with the mini objects or with the cauldron.
Practice turn-taking skills.
Use core words for AAC (in, out, turn, stop, here, there, good, bad).
Use limited supplies so students have to ask each other for items.
Target concepts (in, out, empty, full, light, heavy, same, different, big, small)
Describe the items you find.
Name functions for items you find.
Name actions for items you find.
Use the items you find in a carrier phrase for articulation.
Name the items you find.
Answer WH questions about the items you find.
Add two stuffed animals or figurines (one boy and one girl) to work on pronouns.
Instead of mini objects, just earn pompoms for saying words.
Target verbs (mix, stir, spin)
Withhold (all the things) to work on requesting.
Target comparative forms (bigger)
Another easy idea for mini objects this month is a “spider web” out of a basket and string. I filled mine with shredded paper to make it a better sensory activity. Add tongs and your student can remove items from the web and complete different learning tasks.
These pumpkins are like Easter eggs. They snap closed making them a great way to use mini objects. I snagged these on Amazon (affiliate link) if you want to try them! Just fill the pumpkins and take turns finding out what the pumpkins ate during Trick-or-Treat!
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Stacie Sox says
Love this idea! Now I need all the “eggs” of the world. I have been really lucky with accumulating small objects so far. Thanks so much for sharing this fun idea!
Thanks for the fun inspiration! I used your idea with a few modifications. We made “Spooky Soup” and fed it to the Woozle Monster (from Feed the Woozle game). What a blast the kids had and it was awesome for lots of language opportunities.
Ann O'Mara says
Loved this activity. So much fun with all my PK students. Thanks!
Love all the ideas Jenna and the mini objects are great fun and extra motivating for the kiddos! Thank you for sharing!
Emily Reisner says
I’m curious where all of the mini objects are from! Can you buy them in bulk somewhere or do you just collect them along the way? Excellent ideas!
Nancy S Pietras says
LOVE your ideas!!!!!!