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CVI-Friendly Pumpkin Activities

October 24, 2022 No Comments

CVI-Friendly Pumpkin Activities (and a freebie!)

On the left, a picture of the cover "Pumpkins" is shown. The background of the cover is black, with the text written in yellow. There is a large pumpkin below the text. Next to the image is white text, with a light green background. The text says "Free Pumpkin Story!"

I love pumpkin activities! I start them in September (yes, this is probably a little early) and end them in November! They make the perfect addition to fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving units. In this post, I share some CVI-friendly pumpkin activities that will work perfectly in your elementary, multiple disabilities classroom, as well as a free download! Be sure to read until the end to grab your free resource!

 

At the top of the image is the cover of an adapted book. The adapted book is titled "Pumpkins" and is written in yellow text. The background of the cover is black and there is a pumpkin below the title. The book sits against a sparkly orange sheet of paper. Below the image, the following text is written, "Free CVI-Friendly Pumpkin Simple Story!"

 

Free CVI-Friendly Pumpkin Activity Freebie!

To help prepare for your Pumpkins unit, I am sharing this free, high contrast, CVI-friendly, Pumpkins Simple Story Adapted Book. This book contains 7 pages about pumpkins. In this “simple story,” the same picture of a pumpkin is used on every page, except the last. Using the same image on each page allows students with CVI to learn and understand the image and the topic of pumpkins in general. This book was designed for students with multiple disabilities and CVI. 

 

How do I Prep this Adapted Book?

Adapted books are relatively easy to prep. Follow these few steps, and your adapted book will be ready to use in no time!

  1. Print the pages. I like to print on cardstock for durability, but you can absolutely print on regular printer paper.
  2. There is a little white outline around each page. If this bothers you or distracts the student, I suggest trimming the pages! I am a cut, laminate, cut supporter, however, you can absolutely jump right to the next step if you don’t cut the pages out first!
  3. Laminate the images for durability! I like to use matte lamination, as the glare on regular lamination can be very distracting for some students with CVI. 
  4. Trim the full pages.
  5. Bind the pages of the book. I like to use binder rings to bind my books. I find it to be very cost-effective, however, you can also use a binding machine!

 

On the left, a picture of the cover "Pumpkins" is shown. The background of the cover is black, with the text written in yellow. There is a large pumpkin below the text. Next to the book, there are two squishy pumpkins pictured. Next to the image is white text, with a light purple background. The text says "Using this Adapted Book."

How do I Use this Adapted Book?

The options are endless when it comes to incorporating adapted books into your classroom or story time at home. In this post, I am going to share three ways I recommend using this Pumpkins Adapted Book.

  1. The first way is as a read-aloud. If you are using the book this way, you are simply reading the book to the student to familiarize them with pumpkins, the images in the book, etc. Students can also work on turning the pages.
  2. The second way is as a visual scanning activity. In this activity, you will read the pages like you did for the read-aloud above, however, this time students will also work on locating the image on the page. For some of the pages, like the big and little pages, the image is not centered. If a student is having a difficult time locating the image, you can try highlighting the image with a flashlight to gain attention.
  3. The third way is as a multisensory book. To do this, you will use the book, with actual (or fake) pumpkins. On each page, you will interact with the big or little pumpkin, the one or two pumpkins, the orange and green (if you have one) pumpkins, etc. This allows students to interact with a real pumpkin, while also participating in the lesson.

 

On the left, a picture of a pumpkin is shown. Next to the image is white text, with a pink background. The text says "CVI-friendly Pumpkin Activities."

Additional CVI-Friendly Pumpkin Activities and CVI Materials

Here are some additional fidgets/toys that I love using in my pumpkin units:

Pumpkin Squishy Toys

Pumpkin Wind-Up Toys

Pumpkin Pop Fidget Toy

I love the above toys because they are inexpensive, engaging, and have tactile components. They make a great attention grabber, as well as a sensory bin filler. See below for a simple sensory bin I made with black beans and some of the items listed above! 

The text "Sensory Bin" is shown at the top. Below is a black bin filled with black beans. Halloween eggs, plastic jack-o-lanterns, a jack-o-lantern wind up toy, orange beads, and a pumpkin stress ball are in the Halloween sensory bin.

 

Looking for other CVI-friendly activities and ideas? Check out the following blog posts:

4 Amazingly Simple Halloween Activities for Kids with CVI 

4 Easy Fall Activities for Kids with CVI

Interested in grabbing this free book? Fill out the form below!

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Hello! Melissa is a coffee-drinking, cat loving, Gilmore Girls obsessed multiple disabilities teacher. When she is not in her classroom, she is running Special Achievers.

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