Easy Ladybug Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

Easy Ladybug Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

If there is one insect that I love, it’s probably ladybugs. They are cool to look at, help eat pesky bugs in your garden, and are fun to catch outside. Today, I am going to share how to make a ladybug sensory bin to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions. You will also learn some books to pair with the ladybug sensory bin because the BEST speech therapy sessions involve a book and a hands-on activity.

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Ladybug Books for Preschool and Early Elementary

ladybug books preschool speech therapy

On the hunt for a ladybug book to pair with your sensory bin? Here is a list of my favorites:


Items You Need for Your Ladybug Sensory Bin

For a mini ladybug sensory bin, you need the following:

To assemble a sensory bin in a larger latched container, you can add the following items:



How to Assemble Your Ladybug Sensory Bin

Layer your fillers in the bottom of the bin. To add in some textures, add in sticks, leaves or flowers. Because ladybugs love to eat aphids, you could draw little circles on some of the flower petals or leaves with a permanent marker. Add in your ladybugs, and any additional materials that you want to use with your groups.

I like to have my visual sensory bin rules handy to reinforce how to handle the sensory bin. Click the pink button to get your visual support and a free sensory bin guide. 

YouTube Videos About Ladybugs to Pair with the Bug Sensory Bin

To stretch the excitement about the ladybug sensory bin, incorporating other materials and activities will help keep students engaged. Here are some YouTube videos you can use with ladybugs:


More Bug Sensory Bin Ideas for Preschool and Early Elementary

Ladybug sensory bins for preschoolers and kindergarten.

The cool thing about stalking up on filler and materials for this ladybug sensory activity is that you can use it with other bug sensory bins too. Make an insect sensory bin that pairs with the book In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denis Fleming or a bug sensory bin that kids can hunt in the grass for different insects. A favorite book for bugs is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Having a sensory bin to work on story retell would be so engaging for your preschool and kindergarten students. 

Need more Insect Activities and Ideas?

Trying to stay creative when you have a GIANT speech therapy caseload is overwhelming. Especially when you don’t have time to plan lessons. If you have been feeling all over the place when it comes to planning theme-based activities for your Prek-5th grade caseload, come join the Themed Therapy SLP membership. Our mission is to help take lesson planning off your plate so you can enjoy therapy with your students. With the monthly membership in April, you get access to activities for Prek-5th grade for the themes insects, chores, and spring/garden. If you want the annual membership, you get access to 36 theme units at one time!


How to Use Your Sensory Bin to Cover Speech and Language Goals


The coolest thing about sensory bins is that once they are prepped you can use them to cover all or most of the goals on your speech therapy caseload. Here are some ways you can adapt this bin for different articulation and language goals:


  • Target speech words for L, K, G, S-blends, R, CH, F, R-blends: ladybug, look, spot, very small, fly, grass, lucky, lovely, crawl, bug, insect, aphid, hatch, food, larva, 


  • AAC CORE vocabulary: eat, more, little, big, look, yes, no, 
  • Action verbs – crawl, fly, eat, lay, live
  • Tier II vocabulary – harmful, protect, pest, predator
  • Target basic concepts – big/little, more/less for number of spots, all/none, on/off
  • Work on prepositions with the materials in the bin for “where” the ladybug is located
  • Make a story retelling sensory bin for one of the ladybug books to work on narration
  • Answer wh-questions about “Where” and “What” the ladybugs are doing
  • Work on morphology and sentence structure with the sensory bin


How would you use this ladybug sensory bin with your speech therapy groups? Share in the comments. 

More bug sensory bin ideas

If you are looking for more bug sensory bin ideas, check out this fun In the Tall, Tall Grass sensory bin. Pairing a hands-on extension activity with the book brings it to life! Also, you can see some more insect sensory bin ideas on this blog post

Articulation Game That Gets 100 Trials

Articulation Game That Gets 100 Trials

If you are trying to get more trials in your speech sound sessions but want to keep your students motivated to practice, check out this free articulation game! Nothing makes a speech therapy session drag more than when students complain that they must practice their sounds repeatedly. It can’t be just me that has had this happen in their speech room.


You will learn how to use this game to get 100 trials and have kids asking to play it again next session!


Check out this post for more fun articulation activities that will get you 100 trials in a session. 

Does this sound familiar?

Finding activities and games that keep your kids motivated to practice over and over again can be tricky when you have a heavy articulation and phonology caseload.

And nothing is more tiring and boring than saying, “Say your _____ sound ten more times?” for the entire session. After the third speech sound group, I needed something fresh to keep ME engaged with the activity.

Articulation and phonology flashcards can only go so far, so when you switch things up with a no-prep speech therapy game, you are WINNING. Am I right, or am I right?

How to Play the Race to 100 Articulation Game

The game is called Race to 100. You first use a die to see which person can get all one hundred squares covered. When the student rolls the dice, they get to color or check off the number of spaces on their articulation game mat.

Before they cross their squares, that’s the number of times they have to practice their speech word. You can use a twenty-sided die to ensure you get to 100 within the session.

What is great about this game is you can use it with ANY goal, so it is mixed group friendly.

Click the button below to grab your free articulation game! The best way to use them is by printing and putting them in a plastic sheet protector or laminate. Pair it with your favorite dye and dry-erase marker, and you are good to go!


Articulation Materials that Pair Well With the Game

The beauty of this game is that you can use any flashcards or pictures you have on hand! If you need some high-trial articulation materials to use with the game, check out these resources:


Articulation Activities Flipbooks

Minimal Pair and Speech Sound Flashcards for I Spy

Low Prep Speech Sound Flashcards

What Speech Sound Games Do You Love to Use in Therapy?

Do you use some favorite low-prep games for articulation and phonology therapy often? Share in the comments, so other SLPs have more fun articulation games to use in treatment. One of my FAVE games to use towards the end of the school year is my articulation game for describing words. It’s a Name It type of game you can use with language describing goals. 


If you have a lot of cluster reduction or s-blend goals, these games have been great for getting a high number of trials.