I still remember my first client in graduate school working on the /s/ sound. I spent hours preparing S Sound activities for our sessions. It’s genuinely wild to think about how long I’d spend planning for these sessions compared to the time I spend planning sessions now! Looking back at it now, this was just the start of my SLP Toolbox, and it will never stop growing. I’ve compiled a speech therapy S Sound activity list from my toolkit in this blog post! 

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Speech Therapy S Sound Resources for Elicitation

Learn about resources for the s and z articulation sounds to use in therapy!

The goal of the very first treatment session? Elicit the /s/ sound in isolation. I spent so much time preparing activities and lists of cues to help him produce it! I still use the cue “lock your tongue up behind your teeth!” when helping my current students. Here are even more ideas.


  • You can find tips for elicitation and picture cards for the S Sound on Speech & Language at Home
  • Check out the The Marshalla Guide for loads of tips for producing many sounds including the S sound. 
  • If you need visuals, word lists and tips for eliciting the S sound, check out this Speech Sound Handbook from Peachie Speechie
  • Watch this video to show your students how to say S from Peachie Speechie.
  • When working with lateral lisps, watch this video from Peachie Speechie and read this blog post from Amy Graham.
  • Another favorite of mine for /s/ sound in isolation is super simple-yarn and space! Hold the spool of yarn while your students hold the end of it. As students make and hold the /s/ sound, walk and un-roll the spool of yarn. See how long your student can make the /s/ sound by cutting the yarn when they finish and measure the length of the yarn.  

S Syllable and Word Speech Therapy Activities

Once established in isolation, it’s time to think about S words for speech therapy. Here are some ideas to help you with sessions with your students.

Get speech therapy s sound activities to help you get high trials and keep sessions fun!

S Words for Speech Therapy

Get speech therapy s sound activities to help you get high trials and keep sessions fun!

Here are even more activities for S words articulation practice.

  • Home Speech Home has a word list for S for words to use during your sessions.  
  • Another activity is to make sound-loaded phrases with your students on paper that you can practice in the session and then take home for the weekly homework.
    • For example, you can use the phrase “I see  ______.” Then, students think of different words. They don’t have to have an S because the word your student will be working on is “see.” When using mixed groups, give them a category group to name items. 
    • If you’re doing a theme-based approach, you can do this activity but use the theme’s vocabulary. See this IG for more details
    • Here are more examples for sound loaded phrases:
      • Sam wants ________
      • _____ is in the recipe.
      • Pass _____ to _____.
      • Put ____ on your face.
  • Harre SLP has a free Fun zoo articulation map. Students can talk about what they see and like at the Zoo. You can pair this with fun toys to make it more interactive!

S Articulation Sentence Worksheets and Activities

  • Compare and contrast similar nouns that contain the S sound. For example, soccer, baseball, popsicle, and ice cream would be great S words to compare. Check out the S and Z articulation carryover set if you need pre-selected compare-and-contrast flashcards
  • Play a sentence articulation challenge game that keeps the student motivated to practice high trials in a short amount of time. 
  • Have your students create tongue twisters with your word lists that they can practice. You can even have them illustrate their tongue twister to make a fun speech sound book. For example, you could use “The snake slithered silently through the grass” or “Sam’s silly socks are stylish.”
  • Make alliteration S poems, and then students can draw their poems. 
  • Play guessing games for secret words that only have the S sound. Add in carrier phrases for students to use, like “My best guess is…” or “Listen carefully before you answer.” 
Get your kids excited to practice their s sounds with ideas for s articulation worksheets and activities.

Speech Therapy Crafts for the S Sound

Need some s words speech therapy activities? This blog post has lots of easy activities for your speech therapy sessions.

Crafts are a great way to keep kids engaged during sessions, get repetition of their sounds, and a great way to show their caregivers what they’re working on in speech! Here are some craft ideas for S sound articulation.


Articulation Games with the S Sound

“Are we going to play a game today?” is a phrase every pediatric SLP hears quite often. Here are some ideas for you when your students ask this golden question. 

Have s and z words for your speech therapy sessions and activities to do that will get high trials in your sessions!

S Sound Conversation Activities

Speech Therapy S sound activities for easy planning to work on S in conversation.

At last, it’s time to work on the /s/ sound in conversation. The /s/ sound occurs so frequently in our language so ideas for this level are endless! Here are some more ideas for speech therapy s sound. 

  • Try these S and Z Sound conversation activities to save yourself prep time and provide your students with a fun way to practice the /s/ sound. 
  • Use sound-loaded non-fiction articles to read aloud and discuss. 
  • Make sound loaded questions or play “Would You Rather?”
    • Have students answer questions “Would you try…” and they can answer “Yes” or “pass.”
  • Have students read the directions of a game, or read the cards while playing a game like Bubble Talk
  • Create a list of words that start with the S sound (city, sand, race, messy, whistle, mouse, sick) then have students make silly sentences or create a story trying to get the sound-loaded words in the story.

It’s safe to say my toolbox s sound activities has expanded since my first client in graduate school, and of course it just keeps growing! What are some of your favorite activities when working on the /s/ sound? Leave a comment or tag us on social media!