There are SLPs out in the world that are the queens and kings of using everyday items in speech therapy. DIY speech therapy materials are the best because they are kind on the wallet and helpful for a lot of goals. Bottle caps are an amazing household item that SLPs can use in speech therapy! (amazon affiliate links are included in this post for your convenience)
Today, I am going to share how you can make your own bottle cap speech therapy game with FREE articulation card printables. Plus, you can adapt this game for mixed groups….and all the SLPs shout “hooray.” #thosedarnmixedgroups #itriedmybest
Collecting Bottle Caps For The Game
SLPs that enjoy gatorade, bottled water, or use any types of containers that have bottle caps, then acquiring about 20 of these will be easy. I found my bottle caps at a teacher resource called RAFT. Don’t drink gatorade? Ask on facebook for people to collect them for you!
How To Make The Bottle Caps Speech Therapy Game
Mommy Speech Therapy has free sound sheets that you can print out on cardstock and laminate (I get all mine on amazon because it is the best deal and ya know that whole prime thing rules).There are lots of sounds and you can print word, sentence, story level, but all you need for this game are the word level cards. Need a low print option? My Any Craft Speech & Language Companion has articulation and language targets that come in black and white ink.
Then, I put velcro on the bottle caps and cards. Next, the SLP puts all the bottle caps out on the table. When the SLP introduces the activity, they can call it “hidden treasure” or any other name they can think of to get their students intrigued with the activity.
SLPs can use mini erasers, pennies, stickers, or glass beads to hide as the “hidden treasure” under a few of the bottle caps. After the student says their speech sound, they get to turn over a bottle cap. The student gets to keep the hidden treasure if there is a stone/coin under the cap.
The student who finds the most hidden treasure by the end of the session wins!
How To Adapt This Game For Mixed Groups
The words that you pick to put on top of the bottle caps can have the target articulation sounds or phonological process the SLP wants to work on in the session.
Language targets an SLP can work on during the session:
- Answer noun function questions
- Describe the nouns by attributes (Receptive: Find the item that is an animal)
- Receptive/Expressive category groups
- Answer Who, What, Where, When, and Why questions about the pictures
- Use a grammatically correct sentence with the noun item
- Follow directions with basic concepts using the bottle cap before each turn
- Work on keeping your body/brain in the group while playing the game
- Turn taking, initiating and comments during the game
How would you use this DIY speech therapy material in your room? Comment below! I would love more ideas.