4 Simple and Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids with CVI
Thanksgiving is almost here, and I can already smell the mashed potatoes and apple pie! In this blog post, I am sharing four of my favorite Thanksgiving activities for kids with CVI. As with my other posts, these activities are multi-sensory, which means they will also benefit students with multiple disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids with CVI Activity #1- Adapted Books
Adapted books are an engaging way to work on new skills, as well as previously mastered skills. In these adapted books, students work on colors, follow one-step directions, and practice task completion. The bright-colored images on a black background are engaging for students with CVI, and tactile supports can be added to the feathers to make the activity more visually friendly. These adapted books pair perfectly with the sensory activities shared in the next section. These adapted books have four levels. In addition, these books can be further differentiated by providing the student/child with a single feather choice (errorless) to multiple feather choices (practicing differentiation). This differentiated set is perfect for multiple students with CVI to use throughout the Thanksgiving season.
For the next Thanksgiving activities for kids with CVI, I am sharing a simple sensory bin activity.
For this sensory bin activity you will need:
- corn kernels or beans
- Thanksgiving-themed vocabulary cards
Students can work on simply finding and picking up the vocabulary cards. They can also work on identifying a named Thanksgiving food item. Furthermore, two sets of the cards can be printed, and students can work on matching. And as I have mentioned before in previous blog posts, the teacher can control the field size by selecting how many cards are in the bin for this activity. For premade Thanksgiving CVI-friendly vocabulary cards, click here.
Light Table Activity
For this light table activity, students will be exploring feathers. To keep with the feather theme, feathers will be spread out on a light table. Students will work on exploring and playing with the feathers. If you are looking for additional activities to complete with the feathers you can also have students:
- build shapes
- build letters
- sort colors
- sort by size
Textured Turkey Craft
For this craft:
- Print out a simple turkey outline from Google on white paper.
- Trace the body of the turkey onto brown paper.
- Trace the feathers onto different colored textured paper.
- Students will cut out the feathers.
- Students will glue the different leaves onto the body of the turkey.
Need any ideas for types of textured materials to use? Be sure to check out the blog post here.
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