The month of May is often filled with flowers blooming all over the place. The winter weather is finally gone and all of the April showers have helped blossoms to brighten up the landscape. Use the gorgeous natural beauties to inspire things to do during sessions and therapy to work toward each child’s individual goals. Talk to teachers to see if they are covering anything similar to share resources. Remember, you may tweak anything available to work with your needs. All you need to do is focus on their speech, fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional, or other needs to work on goals and skills.
Go for a walk and look at flowers around the school. Talk about favorite flowers and why they like a specific variety. Have some books to look over or magazines with flower variations inside for students to look at. Remember that some children may not be as familiar with the wide variety of wildflowers since they may live in cities.
Take some time to make tissue paper flowers. This craft activity can be done to work on speech and language goals, strengthening fine motor skills, and social skills with turn taking. Work as a group to create six different paper tissue flowers. This will include a rose, dahlia, daisy, peony, chrysanthemum, and poppy. Rust & Sunshine has a wonderful tutorial which you can follow with groups.
- For kids who are working on their fine motor skills, focus attention on their folding, cutting, and use of their pincer grasp when pulling the tissue paper layers. Practice placing the finished flowers with their stems into small containers. Take them out and try different arrangements to work on muscle control in the hand.
- Speech and language groups may use the flowers to play a guessing game. Work on asking questions, answering a question when asked, and giving clues. Talk about where the flower is on the table, what colors are included, and other descriptive clues.
If there is enough time, bring in extra pipe cleaners and tissue paper to allow each child to create their own beautiful flower to bring home. Prior to making tissue paper flowers, look into flowers that are only found in your area. Check in with families who may originally be from other locations to see if there are special flowers in their region or culturally. Share this with the group and use it as a great way to increase multilingual and cultural pride.
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