Today, I want to share how to use beach balls in speech therapy. Don’t you love using toys/materials that are easy to find and under $5? I do. During this time of year, you can find beach balls at most stores, especially places like the Dollar Spot or Dollar Tree. Most kids love playing with balls. Beach balls are light weight and won’t likely break something.

How to use beach balls in speech therapy to make lessons engaging during the summer months! #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechtherapy #speechies #slp2b

Beach Ball Crafts For Kids

I saw this idea for a beach ball craft for kids on pinterest from Glued To My Crafts and thought it could make a great speech therapy activity!

Beach Ball Language Therapy Ideas

Work on visually showing your students how conjunction words connect two sentences together.

How to use beach balls in speech therapy to make lessons engaging during the summer months! #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechtherapy #speechies #slp2b

Take your therapy outside and go on a language challenge! Place the beach ball in various locations on the playground. Before the students can pick it up, they have to make a sentence about the beach ball such as “The beach ball is on the steps.”

How to use beach balls in speech therapy to make lessons engaging during the summer months! #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechtherapy #speechies #slp2b

Work on answering “who” “what” and “where” questions with the beach ball. Some of my students with more significant language impairments struggle with understanding the meaning of the question words. I start with teaching these question words in very simple and visual ways. For example, you can use the students in the group and have one student hold the beach ball. Then, you can ask “Who is holding the beach ball?” If your student needs support even with the choices, you can visually cue the student.

speech therapy beach balls

Put velcro dots (amazon affiliate link) on your beach ball and put articulation pics, category pics or any vocabulary words on the beach ball with velcro. You can put my FREE category visual cards on a beach ball with the velcro dots. Have the kids name category items as they take the pictures off the beach ball.

Use Beach Balls To Increase Functional Communication

Use a student’s communication device or low tech communication boards to target CORE vocabulary. You can target MORE, GO, ON, OFF, WANT, LIKE while playing with the beach ball.

-Throw the beach ball back and forth working on my/your turn with CORE boards.

-Throw the beach ball “up, down, over, under” or against the wall in your speech room.

-Teach different verbs with the beach ball such as “throw”, “toss”, “roll”, and “hit”.

-Play bowling with the beach ball to work on “up/down, again, all done.”

Play Beach Ball Simon Says

I love using the game Simon Says to teach “verbs” and “basic concepts”. It is also great for teaching basic turn taking in conversation, following another person’s plan and initiating communication.

How to use beach balls in speech therapy to make lessons engaging during the summer months! #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechtherapy #speechies #slp2b

Beach balls and pool noodles are great materials for having students demonstrate “basic concepts”. In the picture below, I show how you can use pool noodles and a beach ball to show “between”.

How to use beach balls in speech therapy to make lessons engaging during the summer months! #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechtherapy #speechies #slp2b

Beach Balls in Speech Therapy – Ideas From Other SLPs

SLP Natalie Snyders has three easy ideas for how to use beach balls in speech therapy that you can check out HERE.

3 easy ways to use beach balls in speech language therapy

Need an idea for your social skill groups? I love how Crazy Speech World made this fun conversation activity with a beach ball that you can check out HERE.

What are your Beach Ball Speech Therapy Ideas?

I would love to know if you have any speech therapy ideas using beach balls? Share your idea in the comments below.

Need more speech therapy ideas for specific materials/toys? Here are some more blog posts I have written on specific toys or materials:

Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head In Speech Therapy

How To Use My Little House In Speech Therapy

10 Toys That Promote Functional Communication

How To Adapt Lids ‘N Lizards In Speech Therapy

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