Am I the only one who’s been a little overwhelmed at work lately?! I’m so behind in posting and making things! So, one of these activities is a little outdated at this point, but it can be adapted for any holiday so I’m going to share it anyway.
I can remember doing this craft when I was in first grade! You know how it’s said that your sense of smell is most closely tied to memory? That’s definitely evident here, because this smell is so potent, it’s stayed with my for 20 years! It’s actually the smell of Jello! (In its powdered form) For Valentine’s day, the OT and I took 2 weeks to make a craft with our intellectually disabled group. We made Valentine’s cards for the students’ parents.
We pre-cut hearts with our Ellison press. The student glued the hearts onto a pink sheet of paper that we folded in half, to make the card. We put the Jell-o powder in a plastic cup and had the students smell it. The students then put glue all over the heart and we used a spoon to pour the Jell-o powder all over it. It was strawberry, and yes, I got sprayed with strawberry powder as some of the students were “smelling” it 😉
On this day, we only completed the front half of the card. Then, we had the students use Bingo markers to answer multiple choice comprehension questions about what we had done.
Here’s what the screen looked like during the writing activity: