This past week, we had an apple theme for speech therapy. We had a sweet smelling sensory bin and some other great activities and books! But I did love this cute apple tree that I was able to make with most of my caseload. It helped that it was super easy to prep!
1 brown paper sack for each child
1 sheet of green construction paper for each child
This might be one of the easiest crafts on my blog! You can make this craft a couple of different ways. Either way, start with a brown paper sack. Cut a “cloud” shape out of green paper for the top of the tree. Glue to the front top of the bag. It is easier to copy these apples on red paper but if you prefer to have the students color them, then white copy paper will work. Then cut them out.
Now, here’s where you have some choices. Have the students practice their words. They can either glue the apples on the tree OR just place them on the tree. If you choose the second option, put the apples in the bag and send the activity home to practice as a game! Otherwise, just send the activity home for extra practice.
You can use this activity with any apple themed book you may have on your bookshelf!
One of my favorite books to read in speech therapy is “Hooway for Wodney Wat.” I love to read it at the beginning of the year! Obviously, it is great for my /r/ kids but I think it teaches all the kids a little something. It’s this great story of a little rodent, with zero self-confidence, standing up to the big bully, Camilla. It is definitely a book that every SLP needs on her/his shelf!
Articulation Activities for Speech Therapy
I came up with some fun activities for you to use with your students. The craft below is perfect for your articulation clients. It’s easy prep too! Cut out a large triangle (grey), two large circles (grey), 3 smaller circles (pink) and a speech bubble (from any color!) You will need two wiggle eyes and you can substitute a pink pom pom for the nose. Glue it all together on a piece of construction paper. In the speech bubble, the students can write words or draw pictures of things with their target sound. Can’t draw? Cut out pictures from magazines!! This is a great activity to do in speech therapy during the first week of school. Get the kiddos talking about their targets!
You could also turn this same cute craft into a paper bag book similar to the one here. Make the cover just as pictured. Inside the book, have the students write words, draw/glue pictures of objects with their sounds. Then send them home for extra practice!!!
Language Activities for Speech Therapy
There are so many fun things you can do with this book!
1. Talk about character traits. What makes a good friend? Bad friend?
2. Play Simon Says to work on following directions!
3. Give wacky directions to see if they students are listening. For example tell them to “Hop on one ear.” Talk about if you can do that. What should the real direction be? Correct the direction and then do it!
4. Compare Camilla and Rodney. Or better yet, compare your self to Rodney or Camilla!
These are just few ideas! I have included a set of freebies for this book! There are 2 compare/contrast activities, one story element activity AND homework for both language and articulation (TWO PAGES EACH!)
What are your favorite books to use for back to school?
Last week, our theme in speech therapy was farm animals. One of my favorite books to use in therapy is “Click, Clack Moo: Cows that Type.” I use it with my school age kids. After I explain what a typewriter is, the kids enjoy the book. This is the first year for this craft to be on the lesson plan and I LOVE it!!!
Craft Supplies for Speech Therapy
Large Paper Plate
Black and Pink Construction Paper
Scissors, Glue, White Crayon
To Use the Craft in Speech Therapy
Cut out all your pieces ahead of time. I cut out horns, ears, a few spots (5-6) and a nose. Each time a child produces a word, he earns a piece to glue on the plate. I wrote our target words (with the white crayon) on the spots. We glued the nose on first and then added around it. Continue until you have all the pieces glued on. Draw two lines on the nose and you are finished!
This craft can be used two ways for language therapy. You can use it similar to the artic craft-as a reinforcement activity as they complete language tasks. But for the preschool population, you can work on increased MLU, “more,” eyes, ears, etc. Your client can work on using “I want/need…” to request pieces to the craft.
Our farm theme in speech therapy was lots of fun. With both activities, I was able to reinforce language and articulation easily and keep the kids engaged! All are big wins!!!
So basically every speech therapist on my Instagram feed is going back to school this week. When I worked in the schools, I LOVED to use “Chrysanthemum” in our first week speech therapy sessions. Like super puffy heart loved it! In fact, I used a few of Kevin Henkes’ books during those first few weeks. Today, I am going to share some of my activities that I used in those first weeks to get acquainted with each of my students. In turn, they were able to get to know me and each person in their group. (I participated in the activities just like the kids! It made sharing things about ourselves that much easier.)
Using a Name Poem in Speech Therapy
As I write this post, the actual term for this is escaping my brain. All I can come up with is an “acrostic” poem but I am not sure that is correct. Either way, it is a great activity!! I love it for a language activity since each child must come up with describing words about themselves. It’s awesome because we have to work past the “good” and “smart” to get to the bigger words like “intelligent,” or “brilliant.” Plus, I LOVE the kids that use “awesome” for their letter “A” characteristic. To start, either type each student’s name down the paper and print or the kids can write their own names. Have a thesaurus or two available to help with words.
Another fun one that I like to use the first day of therapy. Each student was given a sheet of paper with their name typed on it. (For less prep on you, just give the kids each a piece of blank paper for them to write their name.) Have the kids draw pictures of their favorite things like food, color, sport, hobbies, etc. Maybe they can even draw a quick portrait of themselves. Allow them to be as creative as they wish! After everyone is done, have each child tell about themselves using their name map.
Letters and Blocks
I loved this activity when working with my pre-Kindergarten to 1st (heck, maybe even 2nd) grade students. I wrote each child’s name on the table (with dry erase markers!) or on a sheet of construction paper. Each child counted the letters in their name. Then they had to request that number of blocks. You can use unifix cubes or legos; whatever is available! So if their name had 7 letters, they asked for 7 blocks. The child stacked their blocks then we compared! Who has the longest name? The shortest name? Whose stacks are the same? Talk about “over” and “under” such as “What letter is under the “N” in Kent?” If using multi-colored blocks, ask “What color is the “M?” to work on colors! You get great language concepts out of this activity without the kids knowing they are learning!
This book is just of the several I liked to use at the beginning of school. What are some of your favorite back to school books?
Today, my daughter turns 16. In honor of her birthday, I am bringing you a craft you can use in speech therapy inspired by one of her favorite things-cactus! This one could easily be adapted for articulation or language. So have fun with it!
Here’s What You Need
The wiggle eyes are completely optional. I almost did not put them on the cactus. But once I did, the birthday girl thought it was cute. Cut a cactus shape out of green construction paper. Make small squares from the pink tissue paper. Use as many as you would like!
Assembling the Craft for Speech Therapy
As the child produces a speech or language task correctly, he can glue a pink flower or draw a thorn on the cactus. I glued all the pink flowers on mine first. Then filled it with thorns. To finish it off, glue 2 wiggle eyes and draw a happy face in the middle! Once the craft is completed, sequence the steps needed to make the craft. This is a great language activity I like to do when we are finished.
This craft is perfect for a desert theme, plant theme or even a state theme-hint hint all you Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada SLPs out there! I plan to add it to my Texas theme in the spring. Have fun with it. Glue the cactus to black construction paper so that all the bright colors really pop. Or display on a desert scene outside your therapy room (if you are lucky enough to have one!)
Need some more fun craft ideas to use in your speech therapy sessions?