I hope that everyone had a happy Halloween. We certainly did and it is not over for us! We are still celebrating Halloween all week long at my learning house, Le Chemin ABA, in Paris. We are eating special Halloween treats and enjoying fun Halloween activities. Today’s activity is simple and fun and helps build color sorting skills as well as fine motor strength and precision : color sorting pumpkins + spiders pompom activity.
I recently ordered a giant pack of pompoms and am very excited to use them in a variety of different activities with the kids.
For this activity, you will need :
- orange and black pompoms
- a small scoop and/or tweezers (I love these mini wooden scoops)
- a shoebox or other small bowl or box
- a pack of dried pasta (I used mini elbow macaroni)
It’s as simple as that!
Prepare your activity by filling the box or bowl with the package of dried pasta. Put an equal number of orange pompoms in the box (your pumpkins) and black pompoms (your spiders).
This activity has two goals :
1/ Teach your child to sort by color.
2/ Help your child build his or her fine motor skills : hand strength and precision.
Sort by color
This is a fun + easy color sorting activity to teach your child to sort by color. Your child will learn to separate the orange pompoms from the black pompoms in the activity. Give the instruction “gather all the orange pompoms” and “gather all the black pompoms”. You could also prepare an orange plate or cup and a black plate or cup so that your child knows exactly where to put each color pompom once he or she has found them in the sensory box. (Our kids tend to appreciate clear instructions + activity rules.)
Build fine motor strength & precision
By using the scoop, your child will learn to twist his or her wrist while picking up small objects. This builds wrist strength and also helps your child learn to control his or her fine motor movements more easily. This is often an area of weakness for our kids with special needs.
Once your child has learned to sort by color, you could also propose a sensory activity. He or she could scoop out the pasta and put it in another container, such as these sweet little colored bowls. Sensory input is essential for children with autism and a variety of other special needs. If you are interested in adding more sensory activities to your child’s home program activities, I highly recommend the book 101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorders by Tara Delaney.
I would LOVE to hear from you! If you use this color sorting activity with your child or in your classroom, please remember to snap a photo and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #speciallearninghouse . This community of special needs families, teachers and therapists is growing. I am really touched by your support of this blog and of each other. Let’s keep sharing ideas and encouragement to help as many kids with special needs as we possibly can. Ok?! OK! 🙂
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