Here I share another sensory curriculum session plan full of ideas to support the theme of: Walking to the Shop
Dressing for different weathers to walk to the shop:
Rainy day – cagoule and wellingtons, umbrella – splashing in puddles, simulate sound of rain with watering can on tin tray
Sunny day – sun glasses, sun hat, t-shirt, shorts, sandals.
Snowy day – woolly hat, scarves and gloves, wellingtons.
Windy day – as above
Take a walk and shuffle through dried leaves, listen to scrunch of leaves.
Fan/parachute to create wind
- Create collage with dried leaves, children to make rubbings of bark or leave, (draw round in black pen, or make into tactile format using Zychem machine.)
- Make a textured path, each child to add a textured paving stone cut out in coloured cardboard and decorated
- Variation: Make a textured wall, cut out bricks in different cardboard, materials and textures. Put the childrens' names on each of the bricks.
- Listen to the sounds during the walk and make a box with sounds that are the same or similiar.
- Bicycle bell, car horn, engine sound, screeching of breaks, sound of footsteps on grass, pavement, pebbles, noise of people talking.
- Use musical instruments for bell, horn, sound of footsteps.
- Sound made by pelican crossing.
- Taste some of the items sold in the shops as you pass them by – bread, cakes from baker, fish and chips, etc
- Stop for an ice cream on a sunny day and hot pies on a cold day!
- Smell the shops as they are passed, bakers, fish shop, fish and chip shop, vegetable shop, Indian take away, flower shop.
- Smell the flowers - feel rose petals, shower child with rose petal, tissue paper to replicate rose petals or flower petals.
Literacy and Numeracy
- Make a journey line of the key places (use objects of reference) to depict the journey the child makes
- Count lamp posts, benches, pelican crossings, number of times a car horn is sounded
- Write a story about the journey to the shop
- Purchase items at the shop - money, capacity of bag for product bought, weight of bag, Feel shapes of items in shop. Sort items by size, shape.
- Social skills, body language, smiling, looking towards the shopkeeper, saying hello and goodbye, please and thank you to the shop keeper.