Category: Theme Review

Speech Therapy Theme Review: Bats

It’s been batty in speech therapy this week!  Literally!  I have several families who don’t celebrate Halloween so I try to find themes that still within the “feeling” of Halloween without actually mentioning Halloween.  Bats was a theme that met that requirement.  I found some cute books and went with it!

Bat Speech Therapy Activities

Bat Books for Speech Therapy

I have a few books I use for bat week in my sessions.  The first is the fabulous Old Lady!  “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat” is just greatness.  The kids love the old lady.  I love the old lady.  Everyone wins!  I use this during bat week because sometimes this theme falls during Halloween week.

Bat Books for Speech Therapy

The next book I love to use with social skills clients!  “Bat’s Big Game” is perfect for teaching different social skills.  It’s the story of a bat who only wants to be on the winning side so he tries switching sides throughout the game.  He gets away with it until Bear catches him and calls him out!  Then he doesn’t get to be on either side.

Bat Books for Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy Activities

I added several new products to my bat theme this year.  My newest articulation product “Batty About Good Articulation” has 4 activities.  Three of the activities are no prep, open ended activities that can go with just about any bat book.  One of the activities is made to go with the Old Lady books.  The fourth activity in the packet is windsock craft!

Bat Craft for Articulation


For language, I have several clients working -ing verbs.  So I made an entire packet of activities for them.  It includes an interactive booklet, a make and take booklet and a BINGO game!

Bats and Verbs-A Packet of Present Progressive Verbs for Speech Therapy

Another goal I have addressed a lot is quantity concepts!  So I added two make and take booklets that come in a set.  One booklet addresses the concept of TWO while the other addresses the concept of “more.”

You can also find this freebie in another post that is great for spatial concepts and “where” questions.

Sensory Bin

This sensory bin was featured in my cheap activities post!  It just a bag of black beans and some plastic bats from Dollar General!  You can have your students sort them or write numbers on them to work on articulation.

You can also use cute apps for Halloween in your speech therapy sessions.  What else do you like to do during your bat theme?!





More Spider Fun in Speech Therapy!

In speech therapy this week, we had our annual spiders theme.  You can catch my theme review here.  I added some new fun to the weekly plan this year!  So let’s dive right in!

Spider Activities for Speech Therapy

Spider Book for Speech Therapy

I added a new book to the lesson plans and I LOVED this book!  “Aaaarrgghh! Spider!” will keep your kids engaged.  They can help yell “Aaaarrgghh Spider!” as you read the book.  Then I liked how the kids felt bad for the spider when she didn’t feel wanted.  So sweet!

TpT Activities

For articulation drill, I used a simple activity from Panda Speech.  It’s an open ended activity that you just need an ink pad for.  I used my dot paints instead and drew legs on the spiders.  You can grab it free in her TpT store!

I added 3 new spider themed products to my TpT store this week too!  One of my most popular products, vocabulary smash mats, was added with a spider twist!  I love to use interactive booklets in my therapy sessions.  They keep my little ones’ attention as well as help address goals.  You can find my newest one “Spiders on a Web” that addresses colors, the concept of “on” and increasing MLU in the TpT store.  My last new product are my make and take booklets.  This set of booklets addresses different quantity concepts such as the concept of 3 and “more.”

Spider Activities for Speech Therapy

Spider Crafts

I added a new craft and gave a new spin on an old craft.  The first was the web of sounds.  It was pretty simple.  I cut white strips of paper and wrote target words on four of them.  Those were glued in a “snowflake” pattern on the paper as the child said each word.  You could stop there and glue the spider on (black pompom, 2 wiggle eyes and some glitter glue for legs) or you can place smaller strips around the web to finish it off.  It’s up to you.  I did both variations but only took a picture of one!

Spider Speech Therapy Activities

I have several kids working on pronouns and present progressive verbs.  So I made “legs,” printed them on Astrobrights paper and we made spiders!  You can grab the spiders legs for free here!  We worked on requesting “more” or “I need more please” by covering the plate with pieces of black construction paper.

Spider Activites for Speech Therapy

Spider Sensory Bin

This sensory bin was super easy!  I made small traveling one.  I added rice, some black beans and plastic spiders.  The kids had to “catch” spiders with tongs and place them in their cages (ice cube tray).  It was great for fine motor skills, following directions and artic reinforcement.Spider Sensory BIn for Speech Therapy

Need another Halloween  theme?  How about pumpkins?  Do you use apps in your sessions?

I would love to hear your favorite spider activities!


Speech Therapy Theme Review: Scarecrows

What is it about speech therapy and scarecrows?  I love this theme…yes I know, I say that about every one of my themes.  But this one really gets me ready for fall.  Maybe it’s the fact that we dipped into the cooler temps in my area.  Because in Texas, Fall is 83 degrees!

Speech Therapy Activities for Scarecrows


Scarecrow Books for Speech Therapy

Lots of people use this one in a leaves theme unit but I like for scarecrows!  Who doesn’t love the old lady? I like this one because kids do not know how to make scarecrows.  With less and less home gardens, there are less families making a scarecrow or two to keep the birds away from the veggies.  “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves” lends itself to great sequencing and inferencing activities.  You can ask questions like “What does she a pole?” or “What will she do with a rope?”

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! by [Lucille Colandro]

The Little Scarecrow Boy is a great little story for your older students.  I use it with my clients that are 3rd grade and up.  It’s a classic story of a little boy who just wants to be like his big scary scarecrow dad.  He learns all his dad’s tricks before he sneaks out one morning to scare crows.  It ends with him conquering his fears and goals to be the best scarecrow in all the world.

Speech Therapy Activities

This year I added a few new scarecrow themed activities.    The first one is a packet of activities that include both articulation and language activities that are low to no prep!

Scarecrow Packet for Speech Therapy

The next product is a set of two booklets that address quantities and plurals.

Scarecrow Concept Booklets for Speech Therapy

The very last product is a set of 3 booklets that address spatial concepts, “what” questions and “where” questions.

Scarecrow Spatial Concept Booklets for Speech Therapy

Sensory Bin

This bin is ADORABLE!  The base of everything is some glittery vase filler that I found at craft store.  You could also use unpopped corn kernels which would be totally cute!  Then I added a few mini straw hats, pieces of flannel, a couple of mini pumpkins and leaves, and a handful of plastic acorns.  A few of my little ones are working on -ing verbs, pronouns and sentence structure.  So these little crows I made were perfect!  You can get the freebie here!


Scarecrow Craft

Need an easy craft?  No problem!  All you need are brown paper bags and construction paper!  You could easily substitute the bag for a paper plate.  For my artic clients, I wrote their target words on the scarecrow’s hat.  Other than that, this craft was the same for everyone.

Our week with scarecrows was pretty successful.  What activities do you like to do in the fall?

Need more fun fall activities?  Check out last week’s fun with leaves!


Speech Therapy Theme Review: Leaves

Even though it is still like 95 degrees here in Texas, we are talking about fall and leaves in speech therapy.  I have come to acknowledge the fact that we only have summer and “hell on earth” as our seasons in the DFW area.  But I have also gotten use to the fact we talk about fall, pumpkins, leaves and apple cider during this time too.

It is what it is.  And I wouldn’t trade it for the world…well, maybe a few 74 degree days would be ok!

Speech Therapy Activities for the Fall

So back to our leaves theme for speech therapy… I love this theme.  When I was a school based SLP with older kids, I LOVED the way we get could “all scientific-y” about the process of coloring change.  It was really interesting.  But with my toddlers and preschoolers, that is not our focus.  Now we are all about sorting, prepositions and articulation activities!

Leaf Books for Speech Therapy

“When the Leaf Blew In” has been my top favorite the past couple of years! I love the cause and effect, the silliness, the simple text, the setting, the past tense verbs…so basically everything!  I use it across the ages especially when I add this interactive Playdoh SMASH mat!  (HINT: It’s FREE!)  As we read the story, the little ones can stay interact by putting Playdoh on the animal as we see it in the book.  We can also use this mat to name the critters in the story.

Fall Leaves Fall” by Zoe Hall is another great one I have in my collection.  If you like the “Apple Pie Tree” in my apple theme review, you will like this one too.  Simple text, cute pictures…just all an around great book.  It was one of my first fall books…many moons ago!

Product Details

Speech Therapy Activities

Leafy Spatial Concepts Booklets are new my to TpT store.  You can use them with “When the Wind Blew In” or use them alone.  There are 2 black & white booklets that work on following directions, spatial concept “on,” and answering “where” questions.  The 3rd book is an interactive book meant to be used during therapy.  Read the repetitive text and place the leaf where it landed.

Fall Speech Therapy Activities      Fall Speech Therapy Activity

The Leafy Language Concept Booklets are also new to my TpT store this year.  There are only 2 booklets in this packet BUT it also includes pictures for your fall sensory bin!!  One booklet addresses the use of -ing verbs while the other addresses subjective pronouns like he and she.  There are 3 pages of pictures you can place in your sensory bin to reinforce the concepts in the booklets!  Just laminate the leaves, cut them out and ENJOY!  To make my sensory bin, I added brown shredded paper, pumpkins, spiders and some acorns (all came from the Dollar Tree!)

Fall Speech Therapy Sensory Bin

One more packet in my TpT store is Speech and Language Fun in the Leaves!  It has an assortment of activities to cover the week long theme!  There are open-ended articulation activities, pladyough smash mats as well as materials for crafts!

Fall Speech Therapy Activities

I also liked this activity from Crazy Speech World.  It works on asking questions.

Raking in Leaves! Asking WH questions Activity

Craft Activity

One of our crafts for the week was this fall tree.  I traced the child’s hand on brown paper and cut it out.  We glued it on blue paper.  As the child produced a target word correctly or requested “more,” he glued 2 pieces of paper (leaves) on the tree.

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Speech Therapy Fun: Wheels on the Bus

Last week, I did a back to school theme even though many of my speech therapy clients do not attend school.  My older clients (that attend school) read “The Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books.”  But my littles (tots through early preschool) are just not appropriate for that book.  So we had a week with “Wheels on the Bus!”    Little ones love that song and most were VERY familiar with it!  Here’s what we did last week.

Speech Therapy Activities for Wheels on the Bus

Bus Books for Speech Therapy

Since our theme was “Wheels on the Bus,” I couldn’t just use any bus book.  Pete the Cat: Wheels on the Bus was a hit!  It’s the classic song with a Pete twist of course!  I have this one on my IPad, which is code for ” I bought it the night before I needed it!”  I think I might invest in a stuffed Pete the Cat to go with our wooden bus (from Melissa and Doug).

Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by [Dean, James]

Speech Therapy Activities

I bought a great activity set from Speech Sprouts for my language activities!  Lots of my kiddos are working on answering simple “what” or “who” questions.  She has an awesome activity in there to address these targets.  The set also comes with a cute “NO PRINT” book which I did use with some of my caseload.  Interactive and VERY engaging!

For articulation drill work, I made an activity that you can grab for FREE here!  It’s open ended which means you can print out ONE PAGE for all your articulation needs!  Just write the target words for each on their page.  Easiest prep EVER!

Bus Craft for Speech Therapy

This craft from Glued to My Crafts is so easy and adaptable to many goals for speech therapy.  I used it to drill articulation targets… You know say this word 5x, get 3 pieces of yellow paper.  The same craft was used for my early language kiddos-sign/say “more” or “more yellow”  to request paper to cover the bus.  It was easily paired with action (verb) cards or app to work on -ing verbs and subjective pronouns as well as longer MLU.  You can address concepts like bottom, top, front, back, first, middle and last.  HAVE FUN!

Paper Plate School Bus - Kid Craft

Technology and Toys

You need this app:  The Wheels On The Bus – Sing Along Full Version by Kids Games Club by TabTale

It has a variety of games that I like to use for matching, maintaining attention (to finish a task), picture identification, or a  general reward for working hard in our session.  You can click the link below to take to ITunes.

Wheels on the Bus App for Speech Therapy

Wheels on the Bus Musical Learning App

Melissa and Doug has this cute wooden bus with people that is great for therapy!  I love to use it to address front, middle, back, in, out, stop, go, open and close.  My clients can’t wait to use it when I walk in the door with it!  Since it is wooden, it is super durable and easy to clean with a wipe.

Melissa & Doug School Bus Wooden Play Set With 7 Play Figures

Back to school time is perfect for a “Wheels on the Bus” theme!  I stretched it to cover toddlers through Kindergarten range.

What are some other back to school themes you use?