Looking for some easy and affordable crafts to use for your speech therapy sessions? Struggling with planning your co-teaching lessons for your students with more complex communication needs? Using easy paper plate crafts can be a great solution for covering many goals and increasing engagement with your students. This blog post is all about different fall paper plate crafts you can use during your sessions. You students working on articulation, stuttering, and language goals can do these fun crafts and write or glue their targets on the back of the craft. Plus, your students will also have something to bring home to practice at home because their targets are on the back of the craft.
And, trying to keep young friends motivated during your push-in or co-teaching sessions is kinda tricky. So, why not bring in an easy craft to work on expanding communication functions? Check out these FUNctional fall paper plate crafts to use tomorrow!
Apple and Pumpkin Paper Plate Crafts
You can make apples and pumpkins with the paper plates. You need the following craft supplies:
-List or pictures of your student’s targets
These crafts can be great as an extension activity after reading an apple or pumpkin-themed book and then making the craft to connect with the theme of the book. You can work on fine motor skills for tearing the paper as well as CORE vocabulary ‘on,’ ‘want,’ ‘more, ‘look,’ ‘all done,’ ‘yes,’ and ‘no.’
For your students working on specific speech or language goals, you can have them goal their pictures on the back of the paper plate craft. You can hang these up on a bulletin board or send home as homework.
When using as a whole class lesson, you can do some carpet activities and then break up into stations to complete the craft. Check out how you can plan an apple-themed whole class lesson HERE.
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Fall Paper Plate Crafts for Speech Therapy
This fall wreath paper plate craft can be a great activity for fall season or when talking about gratitude. This works best if you have a leaf die-cut or a Cricut to help cut the leaves out efficiently.
Supplies you need:
-scissors, hole punch
Students would cut a circle out of the paper plate so there is a hole in the middle (you can do this step if you feel like it will take to long to have the students do this part. Once, all the leaves are glued, you hole punch a hole at the top and tie string or pipe cleaner so you can hang it on a door.
One cool thing about easy crafts is that you can naturally work on following directions, and sequencing the steps for the craft. After making the craft you can ask students to explain the steps with verbs, transition words, and vocabulary used when making the craft. If you need pictures to add on the back for speech or language goals, you can use this Any Craft Companion Pack.
Thanksgiving Paper Plate Crafts
Make this paper plate turkey and have students write, draw or glue their speech or language targets on the back. This would go perfectly with the book Run, Turkey, Run or Turkey Trouble.
To sponge paint the different feather colors, I just used cotton balls and had them attached to clothespins. For the eyes, I found some cool eye stickers on Amazon. After you make this craft, students can use their turkey to follow directions, put it different places to work on basic concepts, and act out silly turkey verb actions.
Need More Paper Plate Craft Ideas?
If you can’t tell already, I think paper plates are an essential for easy to prep crafts. They are cheap and can be used for a variety of crafts. Here are some more paper plate crafts your students might like:
Gumball and hot air balloon craft (Super cute!)