Easy Fall Paper Plate Crafts for Speech!

Easy Fall Paper Plate Crafts for Speech!

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

When you need to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions, using easy to adapt crafts can be just what your students need to get motivated to communicate. Check out these fall paper plate crafts that are easy to adapt for a lot of goals

You can make apples and pumpkins with the paper plates. You need the following craft supplies:

-Contruction paper

-Glue

-Scissors

-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.

Provide Visual Directions for Your Students

Check out these easy to prep fall paper plate crafts to use in your mixed groups and whole class instruction for speech therapy!
Check out these easy to prep fall paper plate crafts to use in your mixed groups and whole class instruction for speech therapy!

Wondering about these visual step by step directions for the fall paper plate crafts? These are part of the Themed Therapy SLP membership for Prek-5th grade. If you are interested, get on the waitlist to be the first to know about when the doors open again in summer 2022!

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

-paper plate

-glue, string/yarn

-construction paper

-leaf template

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. 

When you need to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions, using easy to adapt crafts can be just what your students need to get motivated to communicate. Check out these fall paper plate crafts that are easy to adapt for a lot of goals

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

Easy fun fall paper plate crafts that you can use with your speech students to cover a lot of different goals.

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.

Don't stress about doing crafts with your speech students because you can make fun fall paper plate crafts that are affordable and fun!
Don't stress about doing crafts with your speech students because you can make fun fall paper plate crafts that are affordable and fun!

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:

Paper Plate Paddle Craft

Gumball and hot air balloon craft (Super cute!)

Snowman Paper Plate Craft (has a free Google Slide visual support

Easy Paper Plate Crafts for Grammar

Make speech therapy FUNctional with these easy to prep fall paper plate crafts
Get high trials with this paper plate paddle in speech therapy!

Get high trials with this paper plate paddle in speech therapy!

Has your speech sessions needed a little revival of enthusiasm to keep your students motivated to practice their speech productions in therapy? Or, maybe you have a child that is a mover and shaker and needs to get out of their seat to stay focused on their productions. In this blog post, I am going to be sharing how YOU can make paper plate paddles with your students and get high trials while also incorporating movement into your session. Plus, your students will love taking home their paper plate paddle! To learn more about how to prep this craft (spoiler alert: it’s really easy!), keep reading.

How to Make the Paper Plate Paddle Craft

 

I love functional crafts that will achieve meaningful outcomes for my student’s progress on goals. SLPs don’t have a ton of time OR money to prep extensive crafts. You probably have everything on hand or can get for cheap. Here are the supplies I used:

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Have your students decorate their paper plate with circles using the dot markers. You can also have them glue or write their speech words or other language targets on the plate.

 

paper plate paddle craft for speech therapy that can help you get high trials in your speech sessions. Use this craft to add movement into your speech sound disorder treatment sessions.
paper plate paddle craft for speech therapy that can help you get high trials in your speech sessions. Use this craft to add movement into your speech sound disorder treatment sessions.

Glue the jumbo popsicle stick on the back of the paper plate. You can also glue a word list on the back for the child to reference while practicing in the session or at home for additional practice. The word lists I often use come from my Any Craft Companion Pack. 

Tips for How to Use the Paper Plate Paddle Craft with Speech Sound Disorders

Use the dot markers to keep your students engaged with their speech sound productions. Have your student decorate the paper plate with dots before creating the paddle. To make sure you get lots of repetitions in a session, you can have your students say their sound/word for every dot they make on the plate. Or, you can have your students drill five words/sounds per dot.

Sometimes, if my students struggle with waiting or if they take a long time to make dots, I will drill for 1-2 minutes and then let my students put 5-10 dots on the paper and repeat this until the paper plate is fully decorated.

Or, if you don’t have time for crafts, you can make the paper plate paddles and use while the student practices a word and then hitting the balloon up in the air.

Tips for How to Use the Paper Plate Gumball Craft with Speech Sound Disorders

Using Your Paper Plate Paddles for Speech Sound Disorders

The fun really begins when you have the paper plate paddle completed. Blow up a balloon and have students practice their sounds while they keep the balloon in the air. Of course, you can always use this to cover a lot of goals especially for our friends working engagement, joint attention, expanding functions of communication (uh oh, fell down, get it, whoa, high, drop, etc.)

You can give your student one target word to focus on that they can say as they hit the balloon. Or, you can have your student do drills for 1-2 minutes and if they got 20 productions, let them have a movement break to see if they can keep the balloon up in the air for 20 hits.

To help with transitioning between getting to hit the balloon with the paddle and practicing, you can glue words on the back of the paddle (I have an  Any Craft Companion Resource with targets all ready to go.) Onc they say all of the words on the back of the plate, they get to use their paddle.

Send this craft home with your students for additional practice with a balloon. You can direct your parents to blow up the balloon and use the paddle to keep the balloon in the air while they say their speech productions.

Paper plate paddles for speech sound disorders that will increase trials and incorporate movement into your speech therapy sessions.
Paper plate paddles for speech sound disorders that will increase trials and incorporate movement into your speech therapy sessions.

Speech Sound Resources to Use with the Paper Plate Paddles

If you are looking for articulation resources to use while getting those high trials, you can grab my articulation flipbooks. They include word lists, pictures, carrier phrases, and picture scenes for each sound. Use the L flipbook for FREE. The NO Print versions can be used on laptops or iPad

For your students working on speech words at the word and structured sentence level, use my visual sentence starters to help your students get that repetitive practice while creating this craft.

If you need another paper plate craft for working on grammar skills, check out these ideas in this blog post HERE

Share How You Used This Paper Plate Paddle Craft With Your Students

Paper Plate paddle crafts for speech therapy to help get high trials with speech sound disorders

I hope that this post gave you a variety of low-prep and easy, yet effective, ideas for treating speech sound disorders on your caseload. My speech students have loved using the paddles to hit balloons and move around the room as they practice. If you do this craft with any of the students on your caseload, I’d love to hear how you adapted it to fit their needs. Comment here on this blog post or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com.

Paper Plate Gumball Craft for Speech Sound Disorders

Paper Plate Gumball Craft for Speech Sound Disorders

This paper plate craft is SUCH an easy way to target a variety of goals and skills in your speech room, including articulation, apraxia, and phonology disorder. It’s inexpensive, you probably already have a lot of the materials needed, and it’s a useful way to treat speech sound disorders. Plus, your students will love the gumball craft! To learn more about how to prep this craft (spoiler alert: it’s really easy!), keep reading.

How to Make the Paper Plate Gumball Craft

 

I love functional crafts that will achieve meaningful outcomes for my student’s progress on goals. And, I love crafts that are easy to prep! You don’t need much to make this gumball craft. Here are the supplies I used:

Amazon affiliate links are included for your convenience. I get a small commission when you purchase using this link. 

Have your students decorate their paper plate with circles using the dot markers. Cut out a red shape for the base of the gumball machine. Then, cut out a top to glue on the paper plate. Draw a black hole for the gumball slot or cut out a piece of black paper and glue on the base.

How many students on your caseload have speech sound disorders? If you have any at all, then you'll definitely want to learn more about this low-prep gumball craft. You probably already have most, if not all, of the materials it requires on hand, and it will help you target goals and skills like apraxia, phonology disorder, and articulation. To learn more about all the ways to use this craft in your speech therapy room, click through now! #speechandlanguagetherapy #SLP #speechtherapy #lowprep

Tips for How to Use the Paper Plate Gumball Craft with Speech Sound Disorders

Use the dot markers to keep your students engaged with their speech sound productions. Have your student decorate the paper plate with dots before creating the gumball craft. To make sure you get lots of repetitions in a session, you can have your students say their sound/word for every dot they make on the plate. Or, you can have your students drill five words/sounds per dot.

Sometimes, if my students struggle with waiting or if they take a long time to make dots, I will drill for 1-2 minutes and then let my students put 5-10 dots on the paper and repeat this until the paper plate is fully decorated.

How many students on your caseload have speech sound disorders? If you have any at all, then you'll definitely want to learn more about this low-prep gumball craft. You probably already have most, if not all, of the materials it requires on hand, and it will help you target goals and skills like apraxia, phonology disorder, and articulation. To learn more about all the ways to use this craft in your speech therapy room, click through now! #speechandlanguagetherapy #SLP #speechtherapy #lowprep
How many students on your caseload have speech sound disorders? If you have any at all, then you'll definitely want to learn more about this low-prep gumball craft. You probably already have most, if not all, of the materials it requires on hand, and it will help you target goals and skills like apraxia, phonology disorder, and articulation. To learn more about all the ways to use this craft in your speech therapy room, click through now! #speechandlanguagetherapy #SLP #speechtherapy #lowprep

Speech Sound Resources to Use with the Paper Plate Craft

If you are looking for articulation resources to use while getting those high trials, you can grab my articulation flipbooks. They include word lists, pictures, carrier phrases, and picture scenes for each sound. Use the L flipbook for FREE

For your students working on speech words at the word and structured sentence level, use my visual sentence starters to help your students get that repetitive practice while creating this craft.

If you need another paper plate craft for working on grammar skills, check out these ideas in this blog post HERE

Using Your Paper Plate Gumball Craft for Speech Sound Disorders

Once your student has decorated their plate, they can make their paper plate gumball craft. Don’t send the craft home with your student. Keep it for a couple of sessions as your warm-up. Have your student touch the dots on the gumball machine while practicing their sounds.

Or, flip the plate over and have your students write a list of their speech words that you want them to practice at home. You can use my Any Craft Companion Resource to have your friends glue some words to the back of the plate.

Send this craft home with your students for additional practice. You can direct your parents to put the craft on the front of the fridge. This will help remind both the parent and the student to practice the words on the back each day. 

How many students on your caseload have speech sound disorders? If you have any at all, then you'll definitely want to learn more about this low-prep gumball craft. You probably already have most, if not all, of the materials it requires on hand, and it will help you target goals and skills like apraxia, phonology disorder, and articulation. To learn more about all the ways to use this craft in your speech therapy room, click through now! #speechandlanguagetherapy #SLP #speechtherapy #lowprep
How many students on your caseload have speech sound disorders? If you have any at all, then you'll definitely want to learn more about this low-prep gumball craft. You probably already have most, if not all, of the materials it requires on hand, and it will help you target goals and skills like apraxia, phonology disorder, and articulation. To learn more about all the ways to use this craft in your speech therapy room, click through now! #speechandlanguagetherapy #SLP #speechtherapy #lowprep

I hope that this post gave you a variety of low-prep and easy, yet effective, ideas for treating speech sound disorders on your caseload. My speech students have loved this fun gumball craft, and there are so many different things you can do with it! If you do this craft with any of the students on your caseload, I’d love to hear how you adapted it to fit their needs. Comment here on this blog post or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com.

Paper Plate Snowman Craft for your Mod-Severe Students

Paper Plate Snowman Craft for your Mod-Severe Students

If you are trying to find engaging lessons for your students with mod-severe disabilities, I have a really fun winter activity that you can do in small groups or for your push-in lesson.

There are so many great snowman books to use with your students, so why not add in a simple paper plate snowman craft to build language!? All you need is a paper plate, a black hat, scarf, and carrot nose for this paper plate snowman craft. 

Today, I am going to show you my lesson plan for using snowmen with your mod-severe students and how a simple paper plate snowman craft can create a lot of communication opportunities.

This lesson plan would work well with the Self-Contained classrooms k-4. Use your judgment if your 5-8 Self-Contained classrooms would enjoy this activity. 

Pick Your Snowman Book

Most often when I do a whole class lesson, I start by reading a book. My biggest tip for you is that if your students struggle with attention, still include the book time, but shorten what you say on each page. If your friends can only handle one sentence per page, talk about the picture.

I like to model the phrase several times as I show the picture to the whole class.

Here is a list of my favorite snowmen books to use in therapy (Amazon Affiliate links included for your convenience):

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright

Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner

Just a Snowman by Mercer Mayer

The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

The Snowman by Raymond Biggs

The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming

You Make Me Smile by Layn Marlow

There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro

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Use YouTube Read Alouds on the SMARTboard

Use a read aloud on YouTube if you don’t have a copy of the book you want. If you are going into the classroom and the teacher has a SMARTboard, this is an easy way to read the book. Here is an example with the book Sneezy the Snowman.

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Whole-Class Lesson Plan for the Paper Plate Snowman Craft

After I read the snowman book, you can show your students this quick “How to Build a Snowman” video on YouTube, so your students can see what a real snowman looks like.

Then you can have them play “I Spy” with different Snowman Stock Photos. We went looking for items that can be used to decorate the snowman like this red shovel. If you need this Google Slide presentation, it is in my Snowman Push-In Language Lesson Plan Guides

Show Your Students a Real Snowman

You can talk about the verb actions and vocabulary needed to make a snowman. This video also has different versions of snowmen, so you can talk about how they look by color and items they are wearing. 

Target Spatial Basic Concepts with a Snowman Popsicle Puppet

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As a class, use the snowman popsicle puppets to work on spatial basic concepts. Have your students also say, “Hi,” to the snowman to work on greetings.

You can make things fun by naming your snowman. I named mine Frank. So, the students said “hi” to Frank. Some of my students were very motivated by the snowman puppet.

For my friends that struggle with sitting, I let them hold the snowman puppet during the lesson if they remained seated. The classroom teacher used the snowman puppet to also lead the children to lunch because it was so motivating.

Need this activity for your small groups or whole class instruction? Just click the pink button to download for free. 

Paper Plate Snowman Craft Activity for Your Mod-Severe Students

Then, break up your students into small groups. You can either pair students that work well together no matter the skill set or create groups that are leveled by language abilities.

The higher skilled students will be requesting, and sequencing the steps for how they made their craft. Encourage your students to discuss snowman by attributes after the craft is finished. 

The other students will be making simple requests with their communication board or AAC device. If you need low-tech AAC books and boards, check out my starter kit HERE

You can use the visual step-by-step directions for the craft on the Google Slide included in the free lesson plan download to help your students know what to do next. It can also help them with answering comprehension questions about the craft and with retell. 

Grab your FREE lesson plan guide below by clicking the pink button. 

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More Winter-Themed Activities

If you need more winter-themed activities, this blog post has free and paid resources listed by target area for easy planning. What activities do you use with your mod-severe students? Share in the comments!

Spooky, Crawly Spider Activities For Speech

Spooky, Crawly Spider Activities For Speech

In real life, I am not a fan of spiders, or any creepy insects for that matter. If I see a spider crawl out of a cupboard or found in a dark corner in a bag in the garage, I literally freak out like someone is attacking me!

Can you relate? In our old house, our garage was known to have black widows, so if I saw one of those gnarly things, I went into a panic: hurry, kill it quick! Daddy long legs and small spiders don’t seem to bring on the panic, but when I hear people say that humans actually eat 8 spiders a year in their sleep, it kinda wants to make me gag. Who knows if that statistic is even true, but I don’t really want to think about it at the moment.

Spider activities in speech for elementary SLPs

Anyways, the whole reason I bring up “spiders” is to tell you that it is a great theme to use in your speech therapy room. There are lots of great books, crafts, YouTube videos and activities you can use to work on speech and language skills. As long as they are fake, spiders are allowed in my therapy room. How about you? Today I am going to be sharing about spider activities for speech that can be your October theme–this is especially helpful if your school is not able to plan Halloween activities. If you need some Halloween ideas for therapy, check out some of my previous blog posts for therapy ideas:

Halloween Speech Therapy Ideas

Rollin’ With My Pumpkins

Halloween Crafts For Speech Therapy

Spider Book Recommendations for Speech

There are some really great books with spiders as the main character that you can use in speech. Here are some of my favorites to use in therapy:

Aaarrggh Spider by Lydia Monk (affiliate link) is a great story about a spider that wants to be this family’s pet. It is great for answering comprehension questions and story retell. It also works on perspective taking and how the spider feels verses the family. The spider doesn’t understand why the family freaks out every time they see him.

spider activities for speech using engaging spider story books for kids!

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle (affiliate link) is a great book to work on sequencing and teach verbs such as “spin,” “ride,” “eat,” and “run.” This book is also great for teaching the animal category. You can use the pictures in the book to work on describing the animals by attributes and what they are doing or where they are located.

Spider Activities For Speech

Students can use spider webs while working on their speech and language targets.

Use no prep spider activities for speech to reinforce students in mixed groups.

You can do spider races to work on go/stop (CORE vocab), target the verb “blow”, and teach the basic concept “across”. Read this blog post for more pics and details.spider activities for speech

For your students working on functional communication and language skills, use a Visual Recipe from Live Love Speech to make this adorable spider snack. I loved having the visuals to target wh-questions, and vocabulary. Then, while the kids eat their snack, we tried to get some natural conversation going.

Using Spider Crafts In Speech

spider activities in speech using a fun craft that can be adapted across goals. Use this spider craft to target a lot of goals.

Make a crawly spider in speech. Students can practice following directions while making this spider craft. You just cut out black circles for the head, get the spider face printable on this blog post (free printable), and then cut black strips of construction paper (affiliate link). The students fold the construction paper back and forth to make the legs. You can work on simple sequencing of how to make the craft, practice the basic concepts “on”, “before”, and “after” while doing the craft. After creating the craft, you can work on asking which pictures are near the spider’s head and far from the spider’s head.

Students can glue speech or language targets on the spider’s leg. Keep the spider crafts as decor or use them as the warm up for the next session. Send them home for additional practice. I used my Any Craft Companion Pack to have targets for the craft. If you are short on prep time, have students write their targets using white crayon or colored pencil.

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I love this synonym spider craft from Nicole Allison! It is functional and great for decor/vocabulary review. You just need pipe cleaners, paper plates and the free printables from Nicole (affiliate links included).

YouTube Videos With Spiders To Use In Speech

If you have been following me on social media and my blog for a while, then you will know how much I LOVE Simon’s Cat videos on YouTube. The videos are like a movie comic strip that are non-verbal, so they are very versatile for speech and language therapy. Check out this blog post for more details about how I adapt these videos across grades and skills.

This past week I used these videos with my 4-6th grade students to work on a number of language skills: using the vocabulary word “predict,” perspective taking skills for the characters emotions, thought bubbles, sequencing the video with grammatically correct sentences, connecting words (first, next, last) as well as descriptive language.

Scishowkids makes a pretty good argument about why we shouldn’t be afraid of spiders. This is a great video to discuss main idea and details from a video. You can work on vocabulary tasks with the words “afraid,” “jump,” and “spin.”

 

 

Themed Therapy – Camping Speech Therapy Activities

Themed Therapy – Camping Speech Therapy Activities

Raise your hand if you love doing camping speech therapy activities!?

I do! I do!

Many children go camping during the summer months with their families and friends. As speech therapists, we have an opportunity to bring in themed therapy lessons that are relatable to student experiences. This process helps them use context to access vocabulary words and build skills with narration. In this case, camping is often filled with fun and adventure, so chances are high that this theme will keep your students engaged!  Today,  I want to inspire you with some camping speech therapy activities that are stress free and highly rewarding for your students! Pick a book a week for up to four weeks while targeting goals and focusing on the fun of camping!

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Did you know…..?

One study found that children who come from low-income backgrounds showed improvements with learning new vocabulary when exposed to the words at least 12 times.* Students with language disorders needed at least 6 instructional exposures to the word per session over 6 sessions (36 exposures) to really learn the word. The study tried to do more higher levels of intensity with teaching vocabulary and found that the children didn’t make as many gains.

Based on this study, 36 exposures to vocabulary is a good place to aim when building vocabulary!

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Camping Books For Speech Therapy

There are a lot of camping books for speech therapy that you can use to incorporate into your sessions (amazon affiliate links included for your convenience). This is a great way to teach themed camping vocabulary words with pictures!

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Here are some of my favorite camping themed books for speech therapy:

Curious George Goes Camping by Margret Rey

Camping Spree With Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen

Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush & Jenna Bush Hager

Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish

Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer

Need more summer book recommendations? Head over to this blog post for more suggestions.

 

 

Structuring Your Lessons Around Books

First Session

  • When you first work with your student, read the book straight through without stopping for questions.  You can point to things in the pictures, but do not ask your student to share his or her thoughts.  After reading the story, you can plan a theme-based lesson using the targeted vocabulary from the books to reach your pre-set goals.
  • Another option for your first session is a book walk.  This process includes encouraging students to make inferences about what they think the book will be about just by looking at the pictures. Look at the cover of the book and make inferences about what the book is going to be about. Talk about who might be the characters, where the story may take place and what time of year it could be happening.

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Structuring The Next Two Sessions With Books

  • The second session, you can read the story to your speech therapy students and stop every once and a while for questions.
  • The third session you may be using the pictures from the story to work on oral narration, language comprehension or having a discussion about what they liked about the book. You can use the pictures in the book to target inferencing/prediction, perspective taking, adding on what might happen if the story continued, work on grammar structures, answering wh-questions about the story/picture, and using the vocabulary words in sentences.

Camping Speech Therapy Activities

Here are some camping speech therapy activities that you can do as extension activities to work on articulation, fluency, grammar, vocabulary, wh-questions, and social skills.

  • Pretend Play that you are camping. Act out roasting marshmallows, building a fire, reading a book in a tent (under the table–lol), going fishing, telling a campfire story, making hot dogs, etc. Here is a pretend play camping set by Melissa and Doug (amazon affiliate). Etsy has SOOOOO many cute felt camping play sets for camping.

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  • Use the themed camping vocabulary to play “Who has the marshmallow?” or Simon Says Preposition Camping games to practice basic concepts and answering “who” questions while using the themed vocabulary.
  • Play a guessing game using camping vocabulary. I like to call the game Mystery Word Game. You or the student can give a clue and students have to make a guess what the item is. Then, another clue is given and so forth! If you want the FREE Mystery Word Game printable, you can access it HERE.
  • Talk about the expected and unexpected behaviors when you go camping. Work on what you need to pack for camping and what might happen if you didn’t bring that item! Role play social situations that might happen while camping, such as when your dad asks you to help set up the tent.

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  • Make a google slide presentation that has real pictures from camping. Work on answering wh-questions, acting out camping actions such as “fishing, roasting, building, eating, sitting, hiking, etc.”. Put links to your favorite camping songs, or YouTube videos on how to make s’mores. I have a google slide presentation all set up in my camping push-in language lesson plan guides that have book recommendations, lesson plan cheat sheet, extension activities, YouTube links to movement breaks and read alouds, and a google slide!

Camping Speech Therapy Activities For Older Students

  • Watch a YouTube video or use how to make a s’more sequencing cards to work on sequencing steps of a process. Make real s’mores if you are up to doing that! You can target so many language skills.
  • Find reading passages, or YouTube videos about forest animals, How Wildfires Help by Scishow kids or anything related to camping such as How To Set Up A Tent. You can target main idea, vocabulary, grammar, answering wh-questions, sequencing, fluency enhancing techniques and articulation carryover with these topics. These are great “camping” topics for older students.

Camping Speech Therapy Craft Ideas

S’mores are the iconic sweet treat that a lot of families participate in making when they are camping. Why not make a s’mores craft in speech therapy!? You can work on following directions, sequencing the steps for the craft and cover a lot of goals in your mixed groups.

Make a s'mores craft for a camping speech therapy activity that can be used to target basic concepts, work on sequencing steps and cover a lot of goals for mixed groups.

Make a camping lantern and talk about when/why you need a lantern when you are camping. Write or glue speech words, verbs, nouns to the lantern to cover students goals.

Need a video tutorial? Check out the tutorial I did for making Chinese New Year lanterns. It is the same craft!

Crazy Speech World has a fun DIY camping fire craftivity that is easy to prep and can be adapted to a lot of different goals. To see more details about that craft, check out her blog post HERE.

 

What camping materials, books or lesson plan ideas do you like to use in your speech therapy sessions?

 

 

 

*Storkel, H.L., Voelmle, K., Fierro, V., Flake, K., Fleming, K.K., Romine, R.S. (2016) Interactive Book Reading to Accelerate Word Learning by Kindergarten Children With Specific Language Impairment: Identifying an Adequate Intensity and Variation in Treatment Response. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Advance online publication. doi:10.1044/2016_LSHSS-16-0014.

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