This week in speech therapy, our theme was dinosaurs. The past few years I have done the same craft. (You can find it here.) But this year, I wanted to do something a little different. I try to change up the craft year to year to keep things fresh. Speech therapy ROCKED this week with this new craft!!! It was really pretty simple to put together too. Which means it was even more awesome than I originally thought!! SCORE!
Getting the Craft Ready for Speech Therapy
You don’t need many things… or should I say, you don’t need many special supplies. Each kiddo needs a large paper plate, one brad and a dinosaur (Here’s that FREEBIE!!) For the group, you need crayons/markers/dot paints. I chose dot paints! You also need glue.
Cut each paper plate in half with a zigzag pattern. You do a zigzag pattern so that it looks like a cracked egg.
I kept this one super easy! I wrote target words on the eggs. If you work with older kids, they could write their own target words. As the child produced their word correctly, he could choose a dot paint and put one dot on their egg ANYWHERE! I am kind of digging these “freedom” crafts. With each trial, he either produced the word 5x correctly or produced a sentence 3x correctly. We circled through the words several times until we had filled up the egg with paint dots. I placed a small hole on the side of both plates and hinged together with a brad. Then we cut out the dinosaur and glued him to the back of the bottom plate. I only used the top half of the dinosaur because he was a little too long.
Since I work with mostly preschool clients, I target a lot of vocabulary and early grammar skills. So, this week, we either worked on clothing vocabulary or pronouns and verbs. I prepped the craft just as I did for the articulation version. EXCEPT, I used these pictures instead of target words. (Hint…The pictures are free!!) I printed the pictures on bright colored paper. We worked on naming them. Once they were all glued, then we went back and worked on them again. For each one they could correctly name, they chose a dot paint (using 3-4-word phrases, “I” and color words) and painted a dot. For the kiddos working on verbs and pronouns, they had to completely produce a sentence using both correctly.
This craft has been such a hit, the kids are asking if we can do it again next week for Easter. They want a bunny to pop up. I guess that is just what we will do!
If you do this one, I would LOVE to see you post on Instagram and tag me!
Needing some more fun spring activities? Check these out!
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?