If you work with preschool through 5th grade, you are gonna love this blog post! Today, I am sharing spring speech and language activities you can use with your entire elementary caseload. This will help you plan more efficiently for your spring speech therapy lesson plans.
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Spring Books for Speech Therapy
If you love using literacy to cover speech and language goals, here are some of great spring speech therapy books organized by age range:
- Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
- In the Garden by Tim McCanna
- Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert
- Spring Stinks by Ryan T. Higgins
- Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
- Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand
- Busy Spring, Nature Wakes Up by Sean Taylor
- Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson
Many of these books included have book cheat sheets and visual story maps in the Themed Therapy SLP membership. Sign up for monthly or annual plans; don’t stress about themed therapy planning. You can read more about shared book reading strategies with these spring-themed speech therapy books.
Spring Toys and Games
During the spring season, bugs are everywhere, and flowers begin to bloom. You can do a spring bug pretend play activity with these bug figurines. Or, you can make a garden dramatic play activity or flower shop dramatic play with items from your local Dollar Tree. Check out this blog post to read more about spring play-based speech therapy activities. There is also a Real Talk SLP podcast episode 81 on play themes for spring too. If you are on the hunt for some spring speech therapy games, here are some fun ones:
- Honeybee Tree Game – all the bees pollinate the flowers, so this works great for spring!
- Sorting Surprise Picnic Baskets by Learning Resources
- Jumping Jack Game – would go great with the book Too Many Carrots
- eeBoo Spring Memory Matching
- Bunny Hop by Educational Insights
- Hoppy Floppy’s Happy Hunt Matching by Educational Insights
- Hasbro Gaming Cootie Mixing and Matching Bug-Building Game
Spring Songs and YouTube Videos
Using a spring song to get some movement can help kids stay engaged when planning your lessons. Here are a few spring songs that would be fun to use in your push-in or small groups:
When planning for your upper elementary students, using spring-themed videos can be a low-prep activity that easily covers speech and language goals. Here are some of my fave spring YouTube videos.
- Simon’s Cat April Showers
- Man’s Best Friend Commercial
- For the Birds Wordless Short
- The Science of Spring by SciShowKids
If you need a FREE Google Slide presentation of all the best spring videos, click the pink button below.
Sensory Bins for the Spring Season
- Flower garden sensory bin
- Spring sensory bin
- Can You Find It? Spring vocabulary sensory bin – put spring pictures in a bin and give clues for students to find the items. If you need spring pictures, this spring push-in language lesson plan guide has printables to make this bin!
- In the Tall Tall Grass sensory bin
The Themed Therapy SLP membership also has a spring sensory bin and cheat sheet lesson plan.
Spring Crafts for Speech Therapy
There are so many great simple crafts for spring! If you want spring-themed crafts with articulation and language targets, check out this How to Grow a Flower craft.
Make in the Tall Tall Grass crafts and pair them with the book! Simply Speech has free printables for this craft.
You can also check out some other spring speech therapy crafts on this blog post.
Arty Crafty Kids also has some really easy spring crafts for preschool that would pair well with your books for an engaging small group or whole class lesson!
Receptive and Expressive Language Activities for Younger Students
In spring, talking about flowers and insects is a great theme smash! For SLPs who love the book, In the Tall Tall Grass by Denise Fleming then get this free Tall tall grass digital lesson plan for teletherapy.
For more themed therapy ideas to do in spring, this blog post has 5 themes you can use!
Take spring speech and language activities outside, check out this bubbles toy blog post with a free toy companion cheat sheet guide to give you LOTS of articulation and language goals targets.
You can take your students outside on an I Spy hunt with their DIY binoculars to make it even more engaging. Make the binoculars first in your session, and then head out for I spy hunts using these free I spy game mats.
Spring Language Activities for Prek-2nd Grades
If you have a lot of different language goals or need resources for push-in and small groups, check out these spring language activities:
- Spring Speech Therapy Activities for Vocabulary and Grammar Activities, and here is the Boom Card version
- Insect Language Lesson Plan for Push-In and Small Groups
- There are insect, spring, and chore-themed units for Prek-5th grade in the Themed Therapy SLP Membership too!
- Spring Language Lesson Plan for Push-In and Small Groups
- All About Spring Low Prep Flipbooks are in this seasonal unit
- Dress for the weather file folder has a spring season clothing unit
- Making a sandwich sequencing pictures and vocabulary activities Boom Cards for a picnic-themed activity
- Spring Speech and Language Activities No Prep for K-4th grade
Spring Speech and Language Activities for Older Students
When looking for spring speech therapy activities for your older students, consider looking for articles or YouTube videos on their topic of interest that align with this season. For example, you could use a non-fiction article from Wonderopolis on baseball. Or, find a cool science experiment from Mystery Doug like this one about Why Do Birds Lay Eggs in Spring?
Another great way to cover a lot of articulation and language goals is using real photos of spring activities. Search spring photos online or on free sites and add them to a Google Slide. Talk about wh-questions, using their words in a sentence, identifying emotions, perspective taking, inference, and sentence structures. Use the spring inference picture task cards if you don’t have time to search for spring photos! For spring and vocabulary Boom Cards, check out these.
Need short stories with questions that are no prep and use spring vocabulary? Check out this set in my TPT store that is scaffolded for different levels. There are also short stories like this in the themed therapy SLP membership too!
The free Google Slides also organize several spring YouTube videos for older students to address these goals! And we have 4th-5th grade themed activities in the Themed Therapy SLP membership.
Using Spring STEM and Science with Older Students
Plan some spring-themed STEM activities to perk your older student’s interests. I love teaching tier II vocabulary and using these activities to give them a practical application of the words. Plus, you can target wh-questions, explain what happened, etc. The Educators Spin on It has a fun plastic eggs stem challenge.
Stem Education Guide also has some great spring STEM activities that are not too difficult or costly!
Talking about a flower life cycle is a great unit to plan in spring, and I cover all the videos, goals, and activities you can do HERE.
What Are Your Favorite Spring Speech and Language Therapy Activities?
What are some of your go-to spring speech therapy activities you use with students on your caseload? I would love to know a favorite book, fun DIY activity, game, website or resource you use with your spring-themed activities. Share in the comments or tag me on social media @themedtherapyslp