Januay is considered the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The following are January observances, celebrations, events, and holidays that can be used as ideas for your Day Habilitation Program.
You can download the PDF format here:January Day Habilitation Activity Ideas
Keep in mind the following when planning activities:
- People with intellectual/developmental disabilities are more likely to learn when using a multi-sensory approach which includes engaging people on all levels where they are able to use some of their senses. For example a cooking activity should include, allowing individuals to see what they are doing, taste, smell, and touch, etc.
- Make sure each activity is broken into small steps
- Use continuous probing
- Provide prompting strategies such as independence, verbal, gestural, hand over hand and physical prompting.
- Allow extra time to complete the task
- Give immediate feedback including praise.
Besides trick or treating, Halloween provides a great opportunity to participate in some fun art and craft activities. Each of the craft activities provide multi-sensory opportunities. The following activities are items easily found around the home.
Bottle Bats– Halloween bat made from recycled materials
Craft Sticks Spider Web– Create a spider web using craft sticks
Halloween Coloring Pages-Several coloring sheets with a Halloween theme.
Halloween Lesson Ideas– A website that contains several lesson plan ideas
How to carve a pumpkin– A lesson plan with a step by step guide on carving a pumpkin
Lollipop Ghosts– Using lollipops to create an inexpensive treat
Mosaic Pumpkins– easy to make pumpkin design
Paper Plate Spiders– Create spiders using regular paper plates
Paper Plate Witch– Create a paper plate witch using your own hands
Pasta Skeleton– A skeleton made by gluing dried pasta on black paper
Pastel Spider Webs– Art lesson that focuses on lines, shapes and colors
Pumpkin Candleholder– An easy to make pumpkin candle holder
Trick or Treat Jug– Create a jack o’ lantern using a milk carton