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Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Ideas

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Ideas

During the month of February, creating some fun Valentine’s day sensory bin activities can make your speech therapy sessions more engaging. When coming up with a new sensory bin idea, you can look for inspiration from the books you are using, skills your students are working on or the vocabulary in the theme.

Today, I am going to show you some different Valentine’s Day sensory bins that you can use with your students. Many of the ideas can be adapted for different goals, which helps with lesson planning for mixed groups.

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Fillers

Every sensory bin should have a filler item in the bin. The filler is using a tactile material that helps bring make the materials more engaging. You can read all about sensory bin ideas HERE

Here are a list of some types of sensory bin fillers (Amazon Affiliate links included for your convenience):

How to Choose Your Sensory Bin Filler

Picture your caseload and what they may like to touch or what is best for their sensory system. For example, a lot of my younger mod-severe students cannot handle small plastic items because they would try to eat them. Or, they may try to dump out the bin, so I want easy to clean up fillers.

Sticking with affordable fillers that are easy to clean like shredded paper, foam pieces and pom pom balls would be a good choice for my students. 

For friends that need the sensory input you may want to use rice or pasta. It’s all about what your friends can handle. I stick all of my sensory bin fillers in gallon sized plastic bags and rotate with one bin. That makes it easier to store. 

Use these Valentine’s Day sensory bin ideas to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions with your K-2 students. #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #sensoryplay #preschool #kindergarten #valentinesday #speechlanguagepathology #sped #speechtherapy #slpeeps #schoolslp #vocabulary #eslteacher

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Material Ideas

When choosing what materials you want to put in your bin, think about all the task cards you have in your therapy rooms. Those can be put in your bin. If you need some Valentine’s Day verb cards, grab this FREE set in my TPT store

You can put mini trinkets in the plastic heart containers and work on all sorts of vocabulary, speech, grammar or wh -question goals. Here are ways that I adapt mini trinkets in my sessions. 

Put story elements from the book you are reading in the sensory bin and work on story retell. What materials do you put in your Valentine’s Day sensory bins? Share in the comments!

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Ideas

One of the most versatile sensory bins I have made simply had shredded paper, pom poms and foam hearts in the bin. I added visual stimulus pictures from my Any Craft Companion resource to the foam hearts with paper clips and had students use a magnetic wand to collect all the hearts. If you need more ways to use your magnetic wands with students, check out this blog post HERE

This went well with the book, “The Day it Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond. Incorporating the magnetic wand made it extra engaging for students. You can switch out stimulus items on the foam hearts easily group after group. 

Use these Valentine’s Day sensory bin ideas to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions with your K-2 students. #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #sensoryplay #preschool #kindergarten #valentinesday #speechlanguagepathology #sped #speechtherapy #slpeeps #schoolslp #vocabulary #eslteacher

Broken Hearts Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

Have your students find the broken hearts that are in the sensory bin. Use these word association match-ups in your sensory bin from my Valentine’s Day language lesson plan guides. You can use the pictures to compare/contrast, use in grammatically correct sentences, answer wh – questions and describe by attributes.

Verbs Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

Use the heart verb cards from my Valentine’s Day language lesson plan guides in a sensory bin. Have students pick the verb card and then use the sentence frames to discuss all the different ways you can use that verb. I also have “What is the person doing?” stimulus cards with visual answer choices. You can use them with my heart cutouts. Attach paperclips to the task cards. If the child gets a card that has a heart attached, they can keep it. Whoever has the most hearts wins. 

Use these Valentine’s Day sensory bin ideas to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions with your K-2 students. #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #sensoryplay #preschool #kindergarten #valentinesday #speechlanguagepathology #sped #speechtherapy #slpeeps #schoolslp #vocabulary #eslteacher
Use these Valentine’s Day sensory bin ideas to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions with your K-2 students. #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #sensoryplay #preschool #kindergarten #valentinesday #speechlanguagepathology #sped #speechtherapy #slpeeps #schoolslp #vocabulary #eslteacher

What Valentine’s Day Sensory Bins Do You Love

Share your favorite bin fillers and materials to use with a sensory bin. You can also grab some FREE printables for your next Valentine’s Day sensory bin by downloading my ultimate sensory bin guide

How to Use a Toy Farm in Speech Therapy

How to Use a Toy Farm in Speech Therapy

Having toys in your therapy stash that you can use to cover multiple goals is the way to go when you are a busy SLP. Lesson planning is important for effective therapy, so knowing how to quickly utilize a toy to elicit speech and language targets is nice on those days when  meetings and paperwork eat up all your planning time.

Today, I want to share about how to use your toy farm in speech therapy to cover a wide range of skills. My kids are very engaged when I pull out the toy farm in speech therapy. 

Where Can I Buy a Farmhouse for My Speech Room?

Using a toy farm in speech therapy can be a great material to help your students work on goals in a functional way. Check out how to use a toy farm in your next play-based speech therapy session!  #slpeeps #schoolslp #preschool #toysforspeech #preschoolslp #speechtherapy #speechies #slp #dabblingslp

There are several different types of farmhouse playsets available on Amazon. I am sure you can find a farmhouse toy at Target, too. Here are some of the playsets that are affordable (Amazon affiliate links included for your convenience):

 

Battat Big Red Barn

 

Melissa and Doug Wooden Fold N’ Go Barn

 

Fisher-Price Little People Caring for Animals Farm Playset

 

B Toys Baa Baa Baa Musical Farm Set  (This is the one I own.)

 

If you don’t have room for a bulky farm set, then you can buy these Farm Animals and Down on the Farm Toob sets to use in therapy. There is also a Farm Babies set!

Using a Toy Farm in Speech Therapy With Younger-Aged Children

A farmhouse set can be used to target so many skills! Listed below are some of my favorite ways to engage children in speech and language skills:

  1. Sort the animals by attributes (wings/no wings,  two legs/ four legs, lives on a farm, not on a farm).
  2. Discuss what each animal can do, what parts they have, where you can find them, how they feel, etc.
  3. Work on grammar concepts, such as plural tense (i.e. cows, horses), noun-verb agreement (She has the bucket), present progressive (i.e. is walking).
  4. Create a farm sensory bin to work on storytelling, social skills, pretend play, grammar, and vocabulary.
  5. Give the farm animals items and ask “who” questions (Who has the corn?).
  6. Work on “where” the animals and items are on the farm.
  7. Make a farm animal washing station to work on verbs, vocabulary, and sequencing. One container has dirt, and the other has soapy water.
  8. Work on following directions with basic concepts and 1-3 step directions.
  9. Create a fence with popsicle sticks or use a plastic play fence. Students work on around, over, under, etc.
  10. Have the farmer go around the farm doing all of his/her chores. Work on noun-functions, creating sentences, describing, and more.
toy farm in speech therapy
toy farm in speech therapy

Have a Toy Farm Cheat Sheet for Your Sessions

Play-based therapy is a naturalistic tool that SLPs can use to target verbs, language skills, social pragmatics, and articulation/phonology. It can be tough to remember all the targets to hit in a mixed group, as well. That’s why I created cheat sheets to help SLPs. You focus on the therapy with the students rather than worrying about the targets you are going to use in the session. Need toy companion cheat sheets? Grab my toy companion cheat sheets designed for Pre-K thru 2nd grade for 14 of your students’ favorite toys, including a toy farmhouse playset!

toy farm in speech therapy
Using a toy farm in speech therapy can be a great material to help your students work on goals in a functional way. Check out how to use a toy farm in your next play-based speech therapy session!  #slpeeps #schoolslp #preschool #toysforspeech #preschoolslp #speechtherapy #speechies #slp #dabblingslp

Farm-Themed Therapy Resources

 

 

When I plan my small group and whole class therapy lessons, I like to use themes to keep me organized. In this blog post , you can see all the books, videos, and activities I plan with a farm theme. 

How Do You Use a Toy Farm Playset in Speech Therapy?

 

 

Do you have a fun way to engage your students with a farmhouse playset in speech therapy? Share in the comments, tag me on Instagram @thedabblingspeechie, or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com.

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