I am all about using themes in my speech therapy room. Winter is the best season for building your therapy material stash! One reason winter is a great theme is that you can use it across various grades and ages. In this blog post, I will share a TON of winter speech therapy activities for easy planning. You won’t have to scroll on Pinterest hours looking for winter-themed speech and language activities because all the ideas you need are in this blog post!
This blog post has been completely updated with winter-themed books, toy recommendations, and materials, as it was first published in 2015 and just got an upgrade in December 2022. When you click any of the Amazon affiliate links, I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.
Winter-Themed Books for Your Elementary Speech Therapy Caseload
Pick books for your caseload by age or by treatment area. Here are some winter books you can use by age:
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats
Let it Snow by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirely Neitzel
Immi’s Gift by Karin Littlewood
Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins
Snow by Uri Shulvitz
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
Snow Day by Lester L. Laminack
Winter Picture Scenes for Syntax and Vocabulary
If you need winter picture scenes for your speech therapy sessions, download this free printable! It also comes with winter scenes Boom Cards for a digital option. You can use these printables as a reinforcer, for syntax goals, describing winter activities and clothing or creating short stories.
Winter Sensory Bins for Speech Therapy
Winter sensory bins can be great to pair with a winter-themed book as an extension activity. You can make a bin that is like a story retell bin such as with the book, “The Mitten.”
Winter Themed Open Ended Games
Having open-ended games for winter help, you plan for your mixed groups. Here are some of my favorite winter reinforcers:
- Don’t Melt the Snowman Mystery Word Game (Free printable)
- Yeti and Elf Snowball Fight Game (Free printable)
- Build a Snowman Speech and Language Game
- Winter Roll and Race by Peachie Speechie (Free printable)
- Winter games on PDS Kids
- Open-ended Board Games by Ms. Gardenia’s Speech Room (Free printable)
- Snowman, Santa and gingerbread man magnetic wand games (Free printable)
If you have students that enjoy movement breaks check out this snowflake hop gross motor activity from Pink Oatmeal.
Join the Themed Therapy SLP Membership
Join the Themed Therapy SLP membership if you need winter-themed speech and language materials for your Prek-5th grade caseload. Instead of hunting around the internet for hours planning your themed units, you can let the membership do the work for you! When you join, you get various printable materials, book cheat sheets, Google Slides, toy cheat sheets, lesson plan cheat sheets, speech sound word lists, and crafts!
Winter Toys for Speech Therapy
When planning a themed unit, having toys, games, or themed props can bring to life some of the concepts you are teaching!
Use winter or snowman toys and props instead of worksheets to increase engagement.
Winter is the perfect time to pull out a hot cocoa play set, or you can DIY it with some mugs and spoons from home!
Adding some games to your winter-themed therapy stash can be great for mixed groups, and you may be able to use the game pieces in therapy! This Disney Frozen Frantic Forest looks fabulous as a mixed-group game. Don’t Break the Ice and Thin Ice are good winter games. If you need a game companion cheat sheet for Don’t break the ice, there is one in the toy companions.
Winter Activities for Younger Students
There are a lot of great winter activities you can plan with your early elementary caseload. Make sure to download the free winter YouTube videos to use the songs, books, and videos in your therapy sessions.
Here are some other winter-themed speech therapy activities you can use with your caseload:
Winter Activities for Older Students
I am a BIG fan of using America’s Funniest Home Videos in speech with older students. You can use the winter versions to cover a lot of goals!
For speech and language resources to use with older speech students, check these out:
Bilinguistics has a great blog post with some winter themed poems and ideas for how to use in sessions.
Save time planning for your older speech therapy students using this list of YouTube videos.
Wonderopolis.org has a lot of winter non-fiction passages that are great for this age.
What Types of Winter Activities Do You Love to Plan for Therapy?
What types of winter activities do you love to plan for your students? It’s always great to hear what other SLPs are doing to help support students’ language, especially when implementing a themed-based approach. Do you have a certain winter book you love to use? A favorite website that has winter vocabulary? Let me know in the comments if you find any cool winter materials or easy winter therapy ideas that you used year after year in the comments.