I love multi-sensory activities! Not only do they address both language and sensory goals, they also double as mindfulness activities, especially for children who have difficulty following complex or abstract directions. Students simply take a moment to focus on what they see, hear, feel, taste or smell as a part of the activity.
This printout is for spice painting, which is exactly what it sounds like - painting with spices! You can dig through your pantry for small groups, or, if you have a larger group, go to the dollar store and grab a few jars for 99 cents. Simply mix paint with water alone, water and glue, or glue alone (depending on the consistency you want.) You can even paint with glue and use the spice like glitter, sprinkling it on top of the glue! Just be sure to check for allergies before this activity.
Students first paint with spices on the fall mug, plate, bowl, and pie. (The paint will be thin, so if students want a distinct picture have them draw it first and then add the spice.) This is an open-ended activity that can be very simple or more complex - students can simply follow directions and enjoy smelling the painting, or they can talk about what the smells remind them of and ask their friends questions about what fall foods they enjoy.
Before or after painting, students can use the 'mini word wall' to complete sentences about the fall, and to answer questions about the five senses. You can review each picture and ask students if they can see the item and what it looks like, if you can hear it and what it sounds like, and so on. This is also a great way to work on language and describing skills!
*A note about weekly crafts: These are crafts that I create each week for my groups. They will be free for the thematic 'season' (usually about two months,) and will be grouped together as a single paid activity after that time to create units for Autumn, Holiday Season, Winter, and so on.