Category: Theme Review

Speech Therapy Theme Review: Watermelons

To finish up May, we had a watermelon theme for our speech therapy sessions. (Yes, I know…a little behind)  It was lots of fun for the kids.

Watermelon Theme for Speech Therapy
The book we read was probably my favorite part of the week. “The Watermelon Seed” is about a crocodile who loves watermelon until he swallows a seed. Then he panics as he visualizes the watermelon growing inside his stomach. We’ve all been there as a kid, right? I know my grandpa had me convinced a watermelon would grow in my stomach if I swallowed a seed.

Watermelon Seed, The by [Pizzoli, Greg]

Watermelon Craft for Speech Therapy

Our craft was an easy one that was adapted from articulation sessions to preschool language sessions to school age language to fluency.  Yep, I covered just about everyone with this craft!  You don’t need much…pieces of red and green construction paper, glue, black beads and a sheet of construction paper for each student.  ( I used yellow to put our watermelons on).  We glued a row of green construction paper pieces first.  Then filled it in with red.  To top it off, we used black beads as the watermelon seeds.

Watermelon craft for speech therapy

Articulation clients had to produce a target word 5x in order to get 2-3 pieces of paper for the craft.  As you can see we got in lots of reps!  My tots and preschool clients had to request colors like “I want green” or “more red please.”  With my school age and fluency clients, I made a print out that was glued to the bottom of their craft.Watermelon Craft for Speech TherapyTo finish off the week, I gave out watermelon flavored juice mixes.  I have several clients with  food allergies or restricted diets, so this is a reward most of my kiddos can have.  They can just mix it with a bottle of water!

Watermelon Theme for Speech Therapy

Watermelons is a perfect theme for the summer whether you are summer school SLP or a year round therapist like me.  If you are able to bring in watermelons for a snack, that’s even better!!

Check out my TpT store for some of my watermelon themed activities!

Watermelon Articulation Packet

Watermelon Concept Book for Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy Theme Review: Frogs

This week in speech therapy we are talking about frogs.  I like it when a theme gives me language lessons without much effort on my part.  The theme lends itself to great describing words like slippery, slimy and gross!

Frog Books for Speech Therapy

I have two favorites that I always use for my frog theme.  I should probably shop for a new one but I love these two!

“The Wide Mouthed Frog” is by far my favorite!  Pop-up books are so much fun with preschoolers.  This book also uses descriptive words for each of the animals.  I made a character analysis (you can find it in my frog packet) that is great for using the descriptive traits and recalling facts from the story.

Frog Book for Speech Therapy

“The Icky Sticky Frog” is another favorite.  The story is slightly longer (but not by much).  The preschool population will still enjoy this book.  This book has great sound effects which will make the kids want to join in!  “Shhhhh” and “Slurp” are great for your articulation clients!

Frog Books for Speech Therapy

Sensory Box for Frogs

This sensory bin is so super easy!  It can easily be put in your lesson plans for speech therapy.  I made mini box to make it easier to travel with.  These materials in a larger box/bin would be tons of fun too!  I put plastic frogs (of different sizes) and blue water beads in my bin.  We sorted big/little frogs, followed directions, worked on “in” and “out,” as well as used them with our vocabulary mats.  So easy and fun!

Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

Frog Crafts for Speech Therapy

I have two crafts that I choose from during frog week.  One of them is in my frog packet (you can find it here!)  For this craft, all you need is a paper bag for each child, a frog face (in the packet), a strip of red construction paper and the target words (also in the packet). Color the frog face, cut out and glue on the flap of the paper bag.  Cut out the target words.  Fold the red strip accordion style.  Glue the “tongue” (red strip) under the bag flap.  As the child practices the words correctly, he can glue a target word on the tongue.

Frog Articulation Activity

The second craft is just as easy!  Paint a large paper plate green.  Fold in half.  Cut out 2 large circles from green paper.  Cut 2 medium circles from white paper. On the white circles, color a black circle on each.  Glue the green circles on the fold of the plate.  Then glue the white circles on the green circles. Those are your frog’s eyes.  Cut a long strip from red paper to make the tongue. Roll around a pencil so that it is curly.  Glue the tongue in the fold of the plate.  Done!  You have a frog!

Frog Craft for Speech Therapy

Game to Use In Speech Therapy

I have a game I love to use!  It is great for problem solving.  “Hoppers” is great for older kids.  I use it with my elementary age clients as well as my fluency clients.  Set the puzzle up and jump all the frogs until only the red frog remains.  I like the critical thinking the kids have to do in order to solve the problem.

Frog Game for Speech Therapy

Be sure to check out some of my other spring themes like bugs or butterflies!

Shop my TpT store too!  You can find a cute interactive frog book that addresses “under”!


Ladybug Fun in Speech Therapy

A ladybug theme is perfect for spring speech therapy sessions!  Those adorable little spotted insects are loved by {MOST} kids!  Between the books and crafts, the students stay engaged.  Which makes me feel super productive!

Ladybug Activities for Speech Therapy

Ladybug Books for Speech Therapy

“The Very Lazy Ladybug” is a great little story that teaches laziness can keep you from being happy.  The lazy ladybug slept so much that she never learned to fly.  When she needed to move, she piggybacked off other animals.  But she soon realized she could not be comfortable on any animal.  Then the giant elephant sneezes and she has to learn to fly!  It’s a simple story with a really great meaning that can be elaborated on with older kids.

My other favorite ladybug book is great for my little ones!  “Five Little Ladybugs” is simple and fun.  The kids love to see which ladybug will disappear on each page.  I made a playdough smash mat so that as we read the book, we can physically “take away” a ladybug by smashing playdough on it.  (The mat was sent as an exclusive freebie to my subscribers.)

Ladybug Activity for Speech Therapy

Ladybug Craft for Speech Therapy

The craft is perfect for articulation but could also be used to work on basic concepts such as long, short, top, and bottom.  It’s a simple one that requires little to no prep.  I see a lot of preschool and tots so I prep all the materials myself.  If you have older kids, they could TOTALLY do the prep work!

What You Need:

1 sheet of blue construction paper for each child

long and short strips of green paper

red circles

black marker

Ladybug articulation activity

For my artic clients, I wrote the target words on the blades of grass.  Once we glued (and practiced saying each word 5x) all the grass, we practiced each word again.  The dots on the ladybugs tells how many times the child had to say the word before gluing the ladybug on.  As you can see each ladybug has 6 dots.  That means to glue that ladybug on, he had to say a target word 6x.

You could easily work on concepts like long and short as well as top and bottom.  Pair this activity with the “Five Little Ladybugs” book for your young kids.

Ladybug Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

I made another mini sensory bin for my ladybug theme.  Using leftover Easter grass (or you could use beans), add sparkly red pompoms for the “ladybugs.”  The cards are from my “Speech and Language Ladybug Fun” packet.  I put one set  of matches in the bin.  The other set is kept out so that the child can match the cards.

Ladybug Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

What are some of your favorite ladybug activities?

Did a packet of ladybug activities?

Speech and Langauge Ladybug Fun!

Need other fun bug ideas?  Check out part 1 of my bug posts!

Speech Therapy Theme Review: Bugs Part 1

Our theme this past week in speech therapy was bugs. Kids either love them or hate them! I have a couple that definitely dislike them. But that gave us an opportunity to talk about how we can dislike something but still appropriately react (no, running through the house because a fly flew by is not an appropriate reaction.)  Having bugs as our theme gives a great chance to work on descriptions, categories (fly/no fly), and other language targets.

Bug Theme for Speech Therapy

Bug Books For Speech Therapy

I really liked reading “The Very Quiet Cricket“!  I used it with my kiddos from preschool to 3rd grade. The kids enjoyed the story too!  I liked that it used new vocabulary for bugs.  Instead of just “moth,” there was a “luna moth.”  Eric Carle always does a great job of introducing different creatures in his books!

The other book I used with my young clients was a cute describing book that captures the child’s attention with pop-ups.  It gives a simple description such as “What bug is yellow and black, lives in a hive and has wings on it’s back?”  When you open the flap, a giant honeybee pops out at you.  This book is GREAT for speech therapy!

bug book for speech therapy

TpT Activities for Speech Therapy

My articulation clients used an articulation packet called “Buggy Articulation” from my TpT store.

Buggy Articulation Activities

My language activities came from Let’s Talk Speech Therapy and Panda Speech.

Get Your Bug On!” is a great packet that I used for story comprehension.  The packet also includes activities for categories and vocabulary.  It’s an overall great packet for your school age clients.

Get Your Bug On! Language Unit for Speech Therapy

Panda Speech’s “Spring NO PREP Language Pack” includes some great bug themed activities!  The categories and opposite activities worked great for my young kiddos (4-5 year olds!) as well as my older clients (up to 3rd grade).

Spring NO PREP Language Pack

Sensory Bin Fun!

This sensory bin was super easy.  Remember that Easter grass from last week’s bin?  Just add plastic bugs!  This set of bugs I bought several years ago from Toys R Us.  It includes bugs in big, medium and small sizes.  I love it because then I can use them all to work on simple descriptions such as “find the big ladybug.”

Bug Bin for Speech Therapy

Craft for Speech Therapy

This craft can be used for just about any goal!  I used it for articulation, following directions, requesting, to name a few.  I also used it during a few stuttering sessions to work on using smooth speech to request materials.  All you need is a paper plate ( I used a large one but you could use a small one), black circle for the head and stripes, yellow paper cut into small squares and white cardstock for the wings.

Puzzles for Speech Therapy

I love to use puzzles!!  They are great for artic reinforcement, requesting, matching, increasing utterances and following directions…just to name a few!  I have two Melissa and Doug insect puzzles.  One is the chunky wooden one.

The other is a magnetic puzzle.  I like to have the kiddos say “I caught a {ladybug}” to work on increased utterances and using “I” at the beginning of sentences.

For extra fun, you easily set up an obstacle course with plastic bugs!  Check out the spring time obstacle course…just change out the springtime objects with bugs!

What are your favorite bug activities?



Speech Therapy Theme Review: Easter

Easter is just around the corner.  My speech therapy sessions are already prepped and ready to go for next week!  Easter is a fun theme to do in speech therapy.  You can do so much with a package or two of plastic eggs.

Easter Speech Therapy Activities

Books for Speech Therapy

The ever popular Old Lady is making a return for Easter.  I have a set of activities in my TpT store that I will be using.  It is a mixed packet of articulation and language activities.

Easter Books for Speech Therapy

However, I did have a little friend request a different book for his session.  (“Mrs. Melissa, you read that to me last year!”)  So, I added a new book to my collection…like I needed an excuse to find another book! “Little Bunny Foo Foo: The Real Story” is an adorable spin on the classic song.

For my younger preschool group that need short text, I have “Happy Easter, Mouse” and “Where are Baby’s Easter Eggs?”  Both are great short books that provide situations for elaboration.  My little ones enjoy talking about the pictures.  The pictures are usually what sparks their spontaneous speech whether it is a 2 word phrase or 4 word phrase!

Easter Book for Speech TherapyProduct Details

Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

Sensory bins for Easter are so easy!  Grab an Easter basket, some shredded paper or Easter grass and a package of Easter eggs.  Add a little bunny or chick.  I have a wind up bunny that I will be adding this year.  I have several different Easter bins that ride along with me all week.  It’s easier to have 3 different ones than to constantly change the eggs out each session.  I also use different types of eggs so that I know which language skill in each egg.

Easter Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy
This is my social skills sensory bin. The carrot eggs (from Dollar Tree) each have a situation for the child to tell an appropriate reaction.


Easter Crafts for Speech Therapy

I try to keep my crafts as easy as I can.  Working with kids that range from less than 2 years old to school age all in one day, I also have to make sure they can cover a wide variety of goals.  Cue the Easter egg craft!  To use for articulation, just have the child paint a dot for each word he says 5x correctly.  To use for language skills, have the child perform a language task (give the opposite of a word; use irregular past tense verbs in sentences, etc) before painting a dot.  Then cut out the egg and glue onto a piece of colorful paper.  My little ones who are working on increasing MLU will have to tell what color they want in order to paint.

Articulation Egg Craft For Speech Therapy

You don’t have to use dot paints.  You can glue pieces of tissue paper, jewels, buttons or use stickers!  This activity is a freebie you can grab here!!  Have fun with bright colors and different textures!!

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Needing ideas for a language enriched Easter basket?  Check out this blog post!

Easter baskets for speech therapy