How about moldable play snow to make the Orton Gillingham lesson more fun and engaging for the student?
One of the essential elements of the Orton Gillingham Approach is that it is multisensory. This means that the neural modalities by which we learn (visual, auditory, kinesthetic/tactile pathways) are engaged in every lesson. This is where the Orton Gillingham teacher can be very creative to enhance the lessons for the student.
Moldable play snow is a perfect option for sensory learning during an Orton Gillingham lesson, particularly around Christmas. This is a special time of the year and children are distracted by a number of festive activities. This makes it a challenge for the teacher to plan Orton Gillingham lessons the students will enjoy. Learning language is very difficult for students with Dyslexia; therefore, an Orton Gillingham lesson takes excruciating effort. It is cognitively taxing and this makes it all the more important to muster up as much creativity as possible when planning a lesson.
Making moldable snow is very easy and takes just a couple of minutes to transform 2 ingredients into a light, fluffy, and cold to-the-touch play snow. I think the students will enjoy watching the transformation. They can then use their “snow” to form letters & patterns during their lesson (& of course a snowman if time permits 🙂 )
Add a full box of baking soda to a bowl:
Then, slowly add foaming shaving cream & stir to desired consistency (I use about a half of a can):
…and there you have it! A light and fluffy moldable play snow your students are sure to love!
- 1 cup organic all-purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup Himalayan salt
- 1 Tbsp virgin organic coconut oil
- 2 tsp cream of tarter
- 1/2 tsp organic pumpkin pie spice
- Natural food coloring (a mixture of red and yellow to desired color)
- Put ingredients into a saucepan and stir until combined and lump-free.
- Cook over medium heat and stir continuously until it forms one clump.
- Remove from heat and place on floured surface. Knead until forms a soft dough. It can be used immediately.
- NOTE: Do not overcook this dough & be sure to stir continuously. As soon as mixture forms a clump, remove from heat
- Place in an airtight container.
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