Last year I saw a post about hiding objects in a Halloween cauldron filled with shredded paper. Since we had a paper shredder at work, I picked up a cauldron at the local Goodwill. BIG MISTAKE. I couldn't stand the mess of the shredded paper-plus the paper would cling to my hands and got everywhere. This year, I switched to split peas which I thought had a creepy greenish texture to it. I just put the peas in the cauldron, filled it with different Halloween objects and used it in therapy in the following ways:
1. Labeling/Halloween vocabulary: We worked on actual labels as well as synonyms-a bat is scary. Can you think of some other words for scary? We also worked on describing the textures of the objects: hard, wet, slimy, squishy etc.
2. Articulation practice: We hid our articulation cards in the peas and took turns taking them out and saying our words.
3. Guess what I'm getting: The client could feel what was in the cauldron and then needed to describe it without naming it.
I think there are lots of ways you can use this within therapy. What are some ways you could use it? I'd love to hear from you!