Winter Snowball Fight Speech Therapy Reinforcer

Winter Snowball Fight Speech Therapy Reinforcer

Nothing is worse than a lackluster mixed group session. Am I right or am I right? When you start to plan a winter-themed unit, you always want to include a general open-ended game or reinforcer that you can use across groups. By having one main game or activity as an incentive, you don’t have to come up with new games every week. Today, I wanted to show you how to use this winter snowball fight activity as a speech therapy reinforcer. Better yet, there are some functional goals and CORE words you can target with it too!

What You Need for the Winter Snowball Fight Speech Therapy Reinforcer

To create your winter snowball fight activity, you need a few items. Hopefully, you have some or all of the supplies, so it won’t cost you much money. Here are some materials you need (Amazon affiliate links included):

-Container to hold the snowballs

Binder clips or photo holders

Cotton balls

FREE Elf and Yeti Printables

Download your FREE Elf and Yeti Snowball Fight Printables

Have a fun winter open-ended game for speech therapy using this FREE winter snowball fight reinforcer!

How to Play the Winter Snowball Fight in Speech

Have a fun winter open-ended game for speech therapy using this FREE winter snowball fight reinforcer!

Print the elves or yeti’s on cardstock and laminate for durability. Attach each printable to a binder clip or photo holder. Students can earn “snowballs” after each turn practicing their speech or language target. You can either give them a set amount each turn or they can roll a die to see how many they collect.

Then, when all the snowballs are collected, students can have a snowball fight trying to knock down the elves or yetis. You could set up two games and have students do elves versus yetis. See which team can knock down all their players first. Have each student take a turn to throw a snowball. 

To add another variation, you can write different numbers with dry-erase markers on the back of the cards. Have some cards that have unique numbers like subtract 10 points or double your points. When a student knocks down the player card, they get to see how many points they earned. The person with the most points at the end wins the game.  

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Additional Goals to Target With This Open-Ended Game

Not only can you use this as an open-ended game for any goal, you can also adapt to cover students goals with a fun, hands on play activity. 

You can work on verbs, describing the yetis and elves, and answer simple “Who” questions.

Work on CORE words, turn-taking, or making a funny snowball fight story.

Download your FREE Elf and Yeti Snowball Fight Printables

There are so many fun ways to use this free winter snowball fight speech therapy reinforcer activity. Check it out on the blog!

How would you use this snowball fight to cover goals for your students on your caseload? Share in the comments your therapy ideas!

If you need a winter themed version of this, check out the winter language lesson plan guides for printables. 

Easy Ways to Adapt This Activity With Other Task Cards

If you have other printables, add them to the binder clips and have a snowball fight the last five minutes of the session. With your students working on speech sound disorder goals, put their target word flashcards on binder clips and knock them down. Whatever card falls, that’s the one they need to practice. See the winter sensory bin companion for some winter-themed printables to do this in your therapy sessions. 

Blog Post with MORE Winter-Themed Therapy Ideas

When planning by themes, it can get a bit overwhelming searching for activities you need. Fortunately for you, I have a LOT of blog posts about winter.

This is one of my fave seasons to use because there is so much theme smashing you can do between clothing, weather, transportation, and activities.

Check out these blog posts:

Ideas for Winter Crafts to Use in Speech

Winter Sequencing Short Stories for Speech Therapy

Winter Activities for Speech Therapy

Real Talk SLP Podcasts:

5 Winter-Themed Books for Mod-Severe Caseloads

Winter YouTube Videos for Older Students

 

Have a fun winter open-ended game for speech therapy using this FREE winter snowball fight reinforcer!
Winter YouTube Video Ideas for Speech Therapy

Winter YouTube Video Ideas for Speech Therapy

Planning for your winter-themed unit is gonna be a lot easier with these winter YouTube video ideas! Some weeks or months are filled with paperwork, meetings, and assessments. During those busy times, I try to find no prep or low-prep therapy materials to target my students’ goals.

Having Winter YouTube videos for easy and effective lesson planning is great to have in your back pocket when you don’t have time to prep materials! Just because you don’t have a ton of time to plan a lesson doesn’t mean you have to abandon themed therapy!

YouTube Videos Are Mixed Group Friendly

Plus, winter YouTube videos are very mixed group friendly, which definitely helps me to breathe a little easier knowing that I can target everyone’s goals in a session.

Winter YouTube Video Ideas For Speech Therapy

Here are some winter YouTube videos I recommend for your students:

Simon’s Cat YouTube videos have several winter themed videos. You can target a lot of skills including: perspective taking, thought bubbles, predictions, summarizing, answering wh-questions, teaching verbs, articulation carryover and winter vocabulary. Check out my post HERE to see how you can use this channel in therapy.

Use speech therapy cheat sheets and graphic organizers with the winter Simon’s cat videos. Make your mixed groups easier to plan for while referencing the cheat sheets. You get 3-page lesson plans to use with four of the winter-themed Simon’s Cat videos. Check out the resource HERE.

Scishowkids YouTube Channel

This science channel is kid friendly for your 2-3 grade students. I do use this with my 4-6th grade students that may be struggling with reading and can still learn vocabulary in a friendly way.

All the videos are 5 minutes or less and cover lots of topics. She has a lot of videos about winter that are non-fiction, so you can cover tier II vocabulary, main idea, answering wh-questions, summarizing and articulation carryover.

Winter Commercials To Target Inferencing

Winter commercials can be great for targeting inferencing, perspective taking and making predictions based on the clues in the video and our background knowledge. This is a fave commercial of mine!

Winter Wordless Short Videos

This wordless short video has so many opportunities for working on inferencing. Teaching inferencing has shown to improve student’s reading comprehension. This is a great video to work on background knowledge and clues to make inferences.

You can work on applying the tier II vocabulary words for “predicting,” while using this video.

This video is also great for summarizing, answering wh -questions, looking for body language clues, inferring emotions and story retell. 

Winter speech therapy activity ideas using free YouTube videos in mixed groups. You can target speech and language goals using winter themed YouTube videos. Check out this post to see all the types of videos that you can utilize in your session. When you have limited time to plan, these YouTube winter videos will keep students engaged. #slpeeps #sped #socialpragmatics #cfyslp #iteachtoo #speechtherapy #speechlanguagepathology #pediatricslp

YouTube Videos for Winter Read Alouds

Personally, I think hearing a book read out loud by a person is the best way to read a book to children. There are more organic moments to pause and let kids share what they see or questions they may have during the story.

But, if you need a book and don’t have time to get something at the library, then YouTube read alouds can allow you to still use that winter book in therapy. YouTube has a lot of different books available, so if there is a winter book you want to read, I bet there is a channel that has it available!

America’s Funniest Videos

Did you watch America’s Funniest Videos as a kid? I think that show is still on TV.

These winter videos can be great for targeting actions, creating complex sentences, making predictions and taking about how to make empathetic comments/questions when someone gets hurt during winter activities. If you want to see how I use these videos with middle school students, head to this blog post.

Share Your Winter YouTube Video Ideas for Speech Therapy

I am always looking for new videos to incorporate in my therapy! If you have any great winter videos you use in speech therapy, share the link in the comments. I hope this blog post gave you lots of ideas for your next lesson! Free videos can make therapy planning a lot easier because there is less prep involved. You still get the engagement and focus on goals without the stress!

Winter speech therapy activity ideas using free YouTube videos in mixed groups. You can target speech and language goals using winter themed YouTube videos. Check out this post to see all the types of videos that you can utilize in your session. When you have limited time to plan, these YouTube winter videos will keep students engaged. #slpeeps #sped #socialpragmatics #cfyslp #iteachtoo #speechtherapy #speechlanguagepathology #pediatricslp
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