Shoo.....Fly Don't Bother Me! - thedabblingspeechie

fly picture

Flies are one of the most pesky, annoying bugs out there, so much so, that someone created the handy fly swatter to kill those little buggers!  I came up with this cute game to play at my son’s birthday party and wanted to share it with you all.  It’s called SMACK THE FLY and is a variation of the game PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY.  My husband photo shopped my son’s face on a picture of a fly and then put it on a photo of our dog Sophie.  We had the picture blown up to a poster size through Costco (about $10) and then had the kids try to smack the fly with a fly swatter.  The kids loved it!  So, I decided to keep the poster and use it in therapy with my speech kids.  You can grab the fly swatter template HERE.  I printed out, laminated and cut out for each child.  I then put some tape on the back of the fly swatter, so it would stick to the picture.


With my older speech kids working on articulation, I plan on having them do drill work.  If they can get a certain number of productions, they can earn a turn to try and smack a fly.  If they are able to smack the fly, then they can pick a prize from the prize box.  For my younger kids, I plan on doing this as a quick little fun reinforcer activity after we have read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly.

Catch the flies reinforcer

I also made a fun little “fly” reinforcer to help keep your articulation groups engaged while doing drill.  Help the frog catch ALL the flies!  Students can color in a fly every time they practice their speech target.  Grab that FREEBIE HERE!


I have been using There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly book companion pack with my kids to work on vocabulary, grammar, story retell and phonological awareness.  It is filled with lots of visuals to work on vocabulary words and category words for animals and insects.

old lady pack

I have also included singular and plural tense verb marker cards, story retell visuals and some warm up phonological awareness activities.  You can also work on compare/contrast activities with my Venn Diagram posters.  My kids had a lot of fun doing my story retell craftivity.  The students got to cut out and glue ALL the insects and animals that the old lady swallowed.  Then they had to retell the story stating what the old lady ate first, second, third, etc.  The best part is that they can take the activity home to share what they learned with their parents.  Grab this companion pack HERE.

You can also enter my giveaway below for a chance to get your own copy of this book companion.  Hope you all are having a great week!  The weather has been wonderful in Sacramento, CA and perfect for my lady bug hunts.  I am going to take a couple more groups out today.  It should be fun!

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