In December, pulling out some festive activities with your speech therapy groups is fun. If your students celebrate Christmas and need mixed group holiday activities, you will love this Christmas tree craft for speech therapy. It’s easy to make and can be sent home as a functional decor that will remind your students to practice their speech and language skills.
If your students don’t celebrate Christmas, you can adapt this craft to be winter trees.
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Christmas Tree Craft Supplies You Need
To make this Christmas tree craft for speech therapy sessions, you will need the following supplies:
Cardstock (you can print on regular paper, but it will be a little lighter. For a sturdy tree, the cardstock works best)
Colored pencils or crayons
Dot markers (optional)
String or ribbon if you want to put a hole punch and create an ornament
Assembling the Christmas Tree Craft
To make your 3D Christmas tree craft, you must fold each tree in half with the ornament side touching each other. Then, you will add glue to one half of the Christmas tree and glue that to another half of a different tree. Once all sides of your tree are glued together, your Christmas tree craft can stand up independently.
How to Use the Christmas Tree Craft for Speech Therapy
When you print out the templates, you can either pre-cut the trees or have students do it.
Your students can practice their speech and language targets with the printouts in the first session and covering with magnetic chips or erasers on the stimulus items. For ideas using magnetic wands, this post has ideas for you!
Then, in the next session, have students color or use dot markers with their trees. As each child is coloring, you can work on their goals.
After everyone is finished coloring, you can help students assemble their crafts.
You can keep your Christmas trees in your room for warm-up practice or progress monitoring. Plus, you can send it home as homework for students to use for practice until Christmas!
Make a Speech Therapy Bulletin Board with Your Christmas Tree Craft
If you have a bulletin board area in the hallway or your room, you can glue their Christmas tree crafts to colorful construction paper and hang them on the wall.
Or, you can punch a hole at the top of the tree and tie string or ribbon to make an ornament that they can hang on their tree at home.
With the Christmas tree language templates, there are mini homework directions to send home to help parents know how to use the stimulus items at home.
Need more Themed Crafts to Use in Speech Therapy?
Using themed crafts can be a great way to switch things up in your mixed groups when you need a break from worksheets and flashcards.
And themed crafts can help you plan literacy-based lessons for small groups and co-teaching sessions. The Themed Therapy SLP membership provides low-prep-themed crafts and visual supports for those crafts. You can also check out these blog posts for more ideas: