When the Spring weather starts to appear, so do all my favorite spring books. The book In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming is a book you can use to target a TON of vocabulary and language goals. Plus, it goes perfectly with an insect theme! Today, I wanted to share how you can make an In The Tall Tall Grass Sensory Bin to pair with the book as an extension activity. (Amazon affiliate links included for your convenience.)
How To Make An In The Tall Tall Grass Sensory Bin
- Grab a bin or container of some kind to use. The Dollar Store has metal tins, or you can find a container at Target that has clasps.
- Black beans for dirt (or anything you can find that can look like dirt)
- Green tissue paper, pasta dyed green, or shredded green paper for stuffing presents (I found some at the Dollar Spot)
- Small insects that you can find at The Dollar Spot, sometimes Target Dollar Spot, at Michael’s where they sell Toobs, or on amazon with the insect Toob set, rabbit and frog in the Pet Toob, a bat from the Wild American Toob set, and the bird toob set for the hummingbird.
- For all you SLPs on a budget, you can find printables from the book at Simply Speech and use those in the bin.
Insect Speech Therapy Activities to Pair with the Book
If you need more bug speech therapy activities to pair with the book, In the Tall, Tall Grass, you can use the insect language lesson plan guides to take the stress away from planning small groups and co-teaching sessions. Grab it HERE. Below are some of the activities included. You also get cheat sheets, a parent newsletter, Google Slides, and tips for setting up your push-in lessons.
How To Use In The Tall Tall Grass Sensory Bin Practicing Speech Sounds
Articulation – practice your students speech sounds with the items in the bin. You can use simple sentence frames that have your student’s sound. Here are some examples:
- I spy _______ /s-blends/
- I see _______ /s/
- I caught _________ /k/
- I will get _________ /g/
- I like to play with _______ /l-blends/
Can you think of any more functional articulation carrier phrases?
Language Goals to Target With the Sensory Bin
- Story retell – Work on answering questions from the book and retell what bugs and animals you saw in the tall grass.
- Grammar – Work on the verbs: hide, fly, crawl and see while playing with the items in the sensory bin.
- Vocabulary – Have your students describe the insects/animals by attributes. Sort the insects and animals into two category groups. Or classify the objects by the insects/animals that can fly/have wings vs. those that crawl.
- Basic Concepts – Target the concepts in/out, above/below, and next to the insects and animals in the bin.
- Functional Communication – Work on initiation, turn-taking, requesting for items, making comments, protesting, sharing an opinion, or asking to be “all done” with an object.
How Would You Use this In the Tall, Tall Grass Sensory Bin?
How would you use this sensory bin in therapy? What other spring books or sensory bins have you used? I would love to know!!
Check out all my sensory bin ideas HERE. Need more Spring themed therapy ideas? Here are some blog posts that you will love with a Spring theme: