It is fun to break away from traditional therapy activities and find ways to infuse the seasonal holidays into your articulation and phonology sessions. For Halloween, you can use so many props from the Dollar Tree or Target Dollar Spot to work on phonology goals in a festive way.
Today, I am going to share a Halloween phonology therapy idea that will help you get those high trials in your sessions. You can have your students make a witch’s brew or potion while practicing their target sounds.
Materials for the Halloween Phonology Witch’s Brew
To make your own Halloween phonology witch’s brew, you need the following items:
-A witch cauldron (I got a mini cauldron at the Dollar Tree)
-Mini Trinkets (I got mine from Dinky Doodads on Etsy). If you want to see how you can use mini trinkets in your speech therapy sessions, check out this post HERE. Kids go bananas for these trinkets, so they are worth the investment for me.
-Witch fingers to stir the witch’s brew (You can grab some on Amazon).
If you need some visual sentence frames to use with this activity, I like to use my articulation sentence starters to get in good practice with the sound!
How to Use the Halloween Phonology Witch’s Brew Activity
With you cauldron and trinkets, you can have your students practice their speech sounds as they placed the trinkets in the cauldron.
Incorporate phonological awareness activities while making a witch’s brew. For example, you can place three mini trinkets out in front of the student. Then, tell the student that the have to find the items the witch wants for her potion brew by knowing which item rhymes with “hat”.
Or, you can have items already in the cauldron. Tell your students in order for the potion to work, they have to take each item out one by one practicing the word 5 times each. The student can take each item out and practice until all the items are out of the cauldron.
This activity could easily be adapted to work on in/out, plural nouns (i.e. I need three frogs), verbs “stir”, “find”, “make”, “chant”, or simple sequencing.
Carrier Phrases to Use While Making Your Witch’s Brew
The best way to come up with themed carrier phrases is to think about the target sounds your student is working on. Then, brainstorm words that go with your theme, toy or book. This will help you generate carrier phrases that a student may use with the material. Here are some carrier phrases I came up with:
-Sprinkle in ______.
-Stir the _____ into the brew.
-The potion is ______.
-The potion needs _______.
-It’s a ______ potion.
-Boil and bake ______ in the cauldron.
-Add _____ into the brew.
-I want _____ in the cauldron.
More Halloween Speech Therapy Ideas
If you need more Halloween speech therapy ideas, this blog post has activities I used in my therapy rooms a few years ago. Another fun Halloween theme is to use monsters with your students. Here is a blog post that gives you ideas on how to incorporate monsters. I also have some monster materials that will engage your students you can read about HERE.
There is also this fun Flying Broomsticks game as a open reinforcer for your mixed groups.
How Would You Use This Halloween Phonology Activity?
I would love to know how you would adapt this Halloween phonology activity for your students. Share your ideas in the comments or tag me in a photo on your IG account.