Spring Sensory Bins For Speech Therapy

Spring Sensory Bins For Speech Therapy

Some struggles that I have had in the therapy room are how to keep my students engaged and ways to target multiple goals in a session.

For my younger crowd sensory bins have helped solve this problem. If you are a sensory bin making SLP, then this post is for you! Today, I am going to share Spring Sensory Bins for speech therapy that will pair well with this season.

Just FYI…this post is a little longer because I think having the pictures of what your next Spring sensory bin can look like gives ya that inspiration to make it! I have an Ultimate Sensory Bin Guide for my newsletter subscribers that has insect printables and Easter egg themed printables that you can grab by going to my Sensory Bin page (The guide includes a LOT more printables). Now, let’s get inspired and see what kind of sensory bins you can make for Spring!

 

Spring Sensory Bins For Speech Therapy

#1. Make a sensory bin inspired by the In The Tall Tall Grass book. Use your plastic insects to create a fun bug bin. Toobs on Amazon are great (Amazon affiliate link included). You can read more about this bin on my blog post HERE.

I like using green shredded paper, dyed green pasta, cut up Easter grass or green tissue paper as my grass. What do you like to use?

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You can also make an insect bin or a bin inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar book. You can read this blog post to see more ideas on how to use this book. Search through your play food to find the items that the caterpillar eats, throw it in a bin and you can work on story telling. 

Flower Sensory Bins For The Spring Season

 

For all those SLPs in the elementary setting trying to rock those mixed groups, this flower garden sensory bin companion will help you target goals for articulation and language.

Spring Sensory bin for speech therapyYou can also go to the Dollar Store and buy fake flowers and mini planting pots to create a flower planting sensory bin! SLPs can target sequencing for “How to plant a flower?”, and practice describing flowers and garden tools by attributes. This is a great pretend play activity to work on language and social pragmatics with your younger students.

Spring Sensory Bins for speech therapy

Can You Find it? Sensory Bin with Spring Vocabulary

Many of my students are working on describing nouns by attributes or learning to explain a noun’s function. I like to use themed vocabulary to work on those skills. You can add mini items that would go in a spring category or put in different spring vocabulary printable items. I love using green shredded present packaging paper for grass and use dried black beans as dirt. 

Then, I have students go on a “Can You Find It Hunt?” You can add in a magnifying glass to make it more engaging. Can you find something that you wear? Can you find something that you blow? Can you find something that you sit on? For some of my other students, we also work on the verbs “hide” and “found”. We can hide items in the grass and work on generating complete sentences with sentence frames. Want to learn more about sentence frames? Here is a blog post I wrote all about them. This sensory bin is part of my spring-themd push-in language lesson plan guides if you need activities for your small and whole class instruction.

Spring Sensory Bins To Teach Vocabulary & Grammar

I created a Spring Sensory Bin Companion that comes with printables to work on verbs, basic concepts, vocabulary and more! There are reinforcer sensory bin activities as well as an articulation themed bin. In my companion, I also include articulation and language cheat sheets to help you with implementing therapy without having to think of words in the spring season!

If you love doing seasonal therapy and using sensory bins, then you may want to invest in getting my seasonal sensory bin bundle HERE.

I love sharing other sensory bins from SLPs because it helps us with planning therapy. Better to have more inspiring therapy ideas to pull from, right!?

Need More Sensory Bin Inspiration?

For all of my SLPs out there that LOVE sensory bins, hop on over to my sensory bin pinterest board for more inspiration. On my Sensory Bin page, you can find lots of resources for making your next sensory bin, including my Sensory Bin Webinar that you can watch the replay on youtube.

Join My 5 Day Sensory Bin Email Series

If you are super busy and struggle with completing DIY therapy projects, then come join my 5 day Sensory bin email challenge! Each day, I give you a small “to do” to complete to get your next sensory bin up and running.

Using File Folders in Speech Therapy

One of the best ways to create materials for your speech room is to use file folders. File folders are easy to store, are readily available and can be transported easily in your therapy bag. Today, I am going to share how SLPs can use file folders in speech therapy to have materials for their students.

Most SLPs use file folders to help keep them organized with confidential student information such as assessment reports and IEPs. They are great for that purpose! But, I also love using file folders in speech therapy to make visuals and activities.

Where To Get File Folders for Your Speech Room

As a budget friendly SLP, I try to get access to file folders through my school. When I had a $100-200 budget, I allotted funds to stock up on file folders. If you like having color coded file folders, Amazon has a good set HERE (amazon affiliate links). They can be helpful for color coding therapy groups or forms. 

#1: Use File Folders for Behavior Management & Visual Supports

Use file folders in speech therapy to visually re-inforce expected versus unexpected behaviors during a lesson. I just opened a file folder and then folded each side into the middle. Then, I glued color paper on each side, so it could help students differientiate the side their names were on. Then, I just used post-it notes, so I could re-use the file folder for a different purpose or group.

Use file folders to create visual supports and behavior management charts. I have several students with behavior charts, so I put all the visuals I need in one place. If you need these FREE printables, just click the button below. It comes with black and white, color and a blank version that is an editable PDF, so you can customize for your students. I wanted to laminate and use with a dry erase marker, so I used my 12 inch laminator that I got from Swingline on Amazon. You can also laminate on your school’s large laminator. If you need laminating sheets, I love stocking up from Amazon. 

#2: Use File Folders to Create Re-Useable Therapy Activities

I love using no prep worksheets into re-useable file folder activities. They take a minute to prep, but then you have them available any time you need them. File folder activities can be used as independent work or as station activities. You can even make for the classroom teachers or parents to try and get some additional practice outside the speech room. 

With some of my themed no prep activities to work on noun-verb agreement with “is” and “has”, I printed out these spring worksheets, cut them out and then glued the pictures to the file folder. I then, laminated the folder. Next, I laminated the images, cut them out and attached with velcro dots. This is now an interactive language activity, I will never have to photocopy again lol. Want to make your own noun-verb agreement file folders? These sheets are in all of my seasonal no prep resources you can find HERE.

If you haven’t started using velcro dots, I highly recommend them! Amazon is my go-to for these. 

Here is another example of turning a cut n’ glue no prep worksheet into a re-useable file folder activity. Just glue the worksheet on the folder, laminate, and then attache velcro for the interactive pieces. This activity is part of my No Prep Categories Worksheets.

Use File Folders in Speech Therapy for Vocabulary

There is a lot of research that teaching tier II vocabulary is very helpful for reading comprehension and building vocabulary skills. When you incorporate antonyms, synonyms and understanding prefixes/suffixes and root words, it can help students build stronger vocabularies. I put different colored construction paper on the file folder. I folded the two sides into the middle to create the three sides. Then, I got based words and prefixes that could go with the base words with post-its.

#3: Use File Folders in Speech Therapy to Make Homework Folders

Some of my students are working on their speech sounds at home as well. To help parents with giving their child feedback, I used this visual self reflection sheet from Speechy Musings (it’s free if you are on her newsletter list). I stapled the visual on one side.

Then, I printed up words using my Any Craft Companion and stapled those to the other side. With a paperclip, I slipped on the homework accountability sheet from Kiwi Speech (it’s free too).

Use File Folders in Speech Therapy for Visual Supports

Visual sentence frames helps students when they are learning a new skill. It reduces the cognitive demands, so they can process and practice the new skill until it is mastered. Check out my post HERE if you need more ideas and info about sentence frames. I have a lot of students that are working on inferencing for language and for social skills.  When we can make smart guesses about what the person is thinking or feeling based on their body language, it can help use with understanding the character’s motives in a story, carry on a better conversation or know what to say in a social situation.

 I just glued these visual inferencing sentence frames to a file folder and can use with any activity, video, or photo. I like that it is portable and could even be given to a student to have at his/her desk. Get the sentence frames and 10 FREE real photo task cards in my TPT store. Need real photos to work on social inferencing? These photos are from my social skill breask curriculum that you can access HERE

You can also glue or staple together two file folders to create a trifold. Then, you can add visual supports students may need for language skills such as parts of speech, attributes, adjectives, or antonyms/synonyms like the Student Language Helper I made for my students. 

How Do You Use File Folders in Speech Therapy?

Since I have file folders readily on hand, I am always looking for easy ways to use them in therapy for students. That means I want to know what you are doing with them! Please share your best therapy ideas or tips in the comments or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com. Of course, you can always share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thedabblingspeechie.

6 Ways to Use Playdough in Speech Therapy

6 Ways to Use Playdough in Speech Therapy

6 Ways To Use Playdough in Speech Therapy

If you are a speech pathologist working with younger students, you probably have playdough in your room already! Playdough is a staple in my speech therapy room. My students love materials that they can touch and feel. I think this is why slime, kinetic sand, and playdough are fan favorites amongst kids.

Today, I wanted to share 6 ways you can use playdough in speech therapy. There are a lot of ways you can adapt playdough to make therapy engaging. Plus, you can use playdough to build many language skills.

Where To Get Playdough For Your Speech Room

The easiest way to snag some playdough is on Amazon. I have this 24-can set  (Amazon affiliate link) and love that I can re-use the cans if I decide to make homemade playdough. You can also get playdough from Lakeshore Learning that comes in bulk tubs. And if you have all the ingredients at home, you can make a LOT of playdough for an affordable price. I love adding in peppermint, lemon, or orange essential oils to make the playdough smell fun. There are so many easy playdough recipes that you can find on Pinterest. Here is one that I use often.

#1: Use Playdough in Speech Therapy For Behavior Management

Use playdough with a student’s “working for” chart. Each time the student exhibits a positive behavior, you can squish a playdough ball on the student’s “working for” chart. This will show when the student will earn his/her next reinforcer activity or item. This “working for” chart is part of my AAC Starter Kit.

I also like using playdough to help kids know when an activity will be over. It helps keep students engaged and working on the activity. Cover each item on the mat with playdough. When all the items are covered, the activity is completed.

You can also use a playdough mat reinforcer sheet with your whole group. As a group, the students can earn game time or free choice activity time.

You can roll out 10 balls of dough and have the students squish the dough for each articulation production. I love using my Visual Stimulus items with my sentence strips for my articulation students. 

#2: Use Playdough in Speech Therapy To Work On Sequencing & Answering Wh-Questions

You can make playdough with your students! Kristine Lamb from Live Love Speech has amazing visual recipes that you can use to support functional communication, vocabulary, and sequencing steps.

She has two free recipes for making playdough. I love the Green Apple Dough Visual Recipe for fall, the Koolaid Dough Visual Recipe for any season, and the Peppermint Dough Visual Recipe for winter. These are all FREE printables in her store.

#3: Use Playdough in Speech Therapy For Teaching CORE Vocabulary

Playdough is great for our students that need to build those different CORE vocabulary functions! You can work on so many different functions of communication.

If you need a CORE board with fringe vocabulary to work on playdough, this one is part of my AAC Starter Kit in my TPT store. It saves me so much time and I always have visuals for my students to communicate with me. Plus, I have noticed an increase in functional communication and functions beyond just “requesting” items using these boards with students. You can try the bubbles fringe and CORE board HERE

CORE words to target with playdough:

  • Go/Stop for rolling, squishing, or pulling the playdough. You can also get some great initiation and joint attention if you wait for the student to ask for “Go/Stop.”
  • More/Want to request wanting more playdough. Don’t just hand over the whole can of playdough to the student. Give them a little playdough at a time. They can request “more” and “want” to get more playdough.
  • My Turn/Your Turn to work on sharing the playdough.
  • See/Look to talk about what the other person/student is creating. For example, you can model or have students use their words with their CORE board or device, “I see_____.” or “Look at my _____!”.

What other CORE vocabulary would you target? Share in the comments.

#4: Use Playdough in Speech Therapy To Teach Basic Concepts and Following Directions

You can work on teaching basic concepts using playdough. Make mini playdough balls and gather items around your room. Have students follow directions with the playdough balls and items. For example, “Put the playdough in the cup,” or, “Put the playdough behind the bucket.”

You can also use playdough mats or picture scenes to work on basic concepts such as above, below, between, in front, next to, etc.

#5: Use Playdough As A Visual Support

Make a snail or snake to help demonstrate slow speech for a student working on fluency strategies.

A bunny can be used to show how our speech can get bouncy.

For articulation, you can have students form the sound he/she is working on, to help them remember to use the correct sound. I loved this idea from Natalie Snyders for teaching the R.

Playdough can also help with phonological awareness activities for inserting or deleting sounds, counting syllables in words, or identifying beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words.

Roll out different colored playdough balls to help build longer sentences. You can use blue for nouns, green for verbs, red for adjectives, and orange for prepositional phrases. Get these FREE playdough mats by click the image below.

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#6: Use Playdough To Work on Pretend Play and Conversation

There are so many fun playdough sets that children can use to pretend. For example, I have the Playdoh Pie Set (Amazon affiliate) that you can use to work on conversation. Students can take each other’s orders, practice serving the pie to each other, and pretend to pay for the pie at a restaurant.

The Playdoh Frozen Treats and Playdoh Pasta Maker are fun, too! I remember as a kid, I had the Playdoh hair styling set. It was super fun.

Another fun pretend play activity is to make chocolate playdough that actually smells like real chocolate! Here is the recipe I used. You can have students create little chocolates to put in a candy box. They can decorate their chocolates with small beads or plastic trinkets. Or they can make hot chocolate for each other! Make sure you check to see if the recipe is editable, so that your kids don’t try and eat it.

How do You Use Playdough in Speech Therapy?

Playdough is a material that has helped me keep therapy engaging and functional. I have seen so many students make progress with all sorts of speech and language skills with incorporating playdough into my speech therapy sessions. So, I always want to know MORE ways I can use playdough. Please share your best therapy ideas or tips in the comments or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com. Of course, you can always share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thedabblingspeechie.

St. Patrick’s Day Speech Therapy Activities

If you are wanting to plan effective speech therapy lessons, but are limited on time, then this blog post is for you. St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday coming up in March. You can use the St. Patrick’s Day speech therapy activities in this blog post to quickly find materials for your whole elementary caseload.

When I have a wide-range of ages and goals, themes help me to narrow my focus on planning. It helps take the overwhelm out of planning activities. Plus, I love seeing kids get engaged with my themes.

Today, I am sharing LOTs of speech and language activities to use for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day Books for Speech Therapy

Use some festive St. Patrick’s Day books in your therapy sessions. Work on vocabulary, grammar, wh-questions, story retell, and inferencing with these books.

Here are some of my fave books to use (amazon affiliate links provided):

Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook

How to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess and Emm Randall

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro

How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing

After I read the themed book, I plan extension activities to cover grammar and vocabulary goals. We work on noun-verb agreement, basic concepts, answering wh-questions and describing vocabulary using my St. Patick’s Day grammar and vocabulary activities.

I also use my St. Patrick’s Day language lesson plan guides to cover my whole class and small group lessons. You can read more about how I structure those lessons HERE.

St. Patrick’s Day Push-In Lesson Plans

For my push-in lessons, I do a whole class read aloud with a quick circle time activity. Then, we break up into small group stations. I plan three different stations and have myself and teachers faciliate a station. At my station, I make sure to do targeted practice for my students goals. 

The other two stations target language goals as well, but have cheat sheet guides for the teachers to help them implement the lesson. Catch the Leprechaun noun-functions and green items category sort are examples of language stations I would plan for two of the stations. Read more about structuring your push-in sessions in this blog post HERE.

Non-Fiction Passages for St. Patrick’s Day

Read Works is a free site that you can access St. Patrick’s Day articles. I use these articles with my older elementary students. I will be using this rainbow non-fiction passage. This site also includes vocabulary to target and wh-questions with answer choices. If I need progress monitoring data, I can collect data on listening comprehension in a quick second! You can also find articles on NewsELA.

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Speech Therapy

I am a big fan of using crafts when I have the time to prep them. They can be used to naturally target goals and can be sent home for additional practice. Additionally, many crafts can be adapted to use with mixed groups. Check out my windsock craft to see how I adapted to cover a lot of goals. I found this cute Shamrock man you can make in speech.

If you need some St. Patrick’s Day craft inspiration, this video has lots of fun, easy to prep ideas.

Rainbow Crafts for Speech Therapy

Make a rainbow craft that you can have students write or glue their speech or language targets on the different colors of the rainbow. It can be a great bulletin board display!

Or make this rainbow craft and work on following directions after you create it! You can target above, under, next to, in front and behind with this fun rainbow craft.

St. Patrick’s Day YouTube Videos for Speech Therapy

YouTube is your lesson planning friend! There are a lot of videos that discuss the history of St. Patrick’s Day.

Use EdPuzzle to create lesson plan questions with your videos. You plan the questions, and vocabulary you want to discuss with EdPuzzle, then show the video to your students. The video will automatically pause when it gets your question. Plan your lesson once and use over and over again!

St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bins

Since part of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is about wearing green, why not talk about green items! I use this green sensory bin companion from my St. Patrick’s Day Language Lesson Plan Guides to work on describing nouns by attributes. You can also see how I made a green sensory bin using toys/items around my speech room HERE.

I also love making a “Find the gold” sensory bin. This is a reinforcer bin to use with your mixed groups. I put plastic gold coins that I found at the Dollar Tree in the bin and a construction paper rainbow. Then, students roll a die. Whatever number they roll, that is how many gold coins they get to collect. The student practices his/her target skill and then the next student takes a turn. The student with the most gold wins! At the end of the game, you can work on who has more/less/most gold for some additional language practice!

Social Skill Idea for St. Patrick’s Day

For our speech students working on thinking about others, you can go on a “Catch the Leprechaun” school hunt. Print up these free clue cards from Cupcake for a Teacher and place them around the school. The last clue can have a pot of gold or a chocolate treat for your students. As you walk around the school, students have to follow the group plan and keep their bodies in the group. Check out this post to see how you can do this with The Gingerbread Man.

St. Patrick’s Day Idioms

Use St. Patrick’s Day idioms to work on figurative language. You can focus on idioms that relate to getting rich, being lucky and looking green! Here are a list of idioms you can teach your students.

-To thank ones lucky stars
-To hit the jackpot
-To luck out
-Goldmine
-Green with envy
-Give someone the green light
-Have a green thumb
-To feel green around the gills

What Activities Do You Plan for St. Patrick’s Day in Speech Therapy?

I would love to hear all the creative and engaging ways you plan therapy for St. Patrick’s day! Please share your best therapy ideas or tips in the comments or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com. Of course, you can always share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thedabblingspeechie. In my opinion, an SLP can never have to many therapy materials!

Winter YouTube Videos to Use In Speech Therapy

Using YouTube videos in speech therapy has been such a time saver for lesson planning. 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.

Winter YouTube videos to use in speech therapy to cover goals in mixed groups. Low prep therapy that is still effective for student's speech and language growth. #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechtherapy #dabblingslp #slps2b #winterspeechtherapy #lowprepideas #mixedgrouptherapy #slps #schoolslp #middleschoolslp

Winter YouTube videos for speech therapy are the perfect material for the winter months. Just because you don’t have a ton of time to lesson plan, doesn’t me 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 Videos For Speech Therapy

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

Simon’s Cat YouTube videos has 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.

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.

Winter YouTube videos to use in speech therapy to cover goals in mixed groups. Low prep therapy that is still effective for student's speech and language growth. #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechtherapy #dabblingslp #slps2b #winterspeechtherapy #lowprepideas #mixedgrouptherapy #slps #schoolslp #middleschoolslp

All the videos are 5 minutes or less and cover lots 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 Commericals To Target Inferencing

Winter YouTube videos to use in speech therapy to cover goals in mixed groups. Low prep therapy that is still effective for student's speech and language growth. #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechtherapy #dabblingslp #slps2b #winterspeechtherapy #lowprepideas #mixedgrouptherapy #slps #schoolslp #middleschoolslp

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 videos to work on background knowledge and clues to make inferences.

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 didn’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.

Winter YouTube videos to use in speech therapy to cover goals in mixed groups. Low prep therapy that is still effective for student's speech and language growth. #slpeeps #schoolslp #speechtherapy #dabblingslp #slps2b #winterspeechtherapy #lowprepideas #mixedgrouptherapy #slps #schoolslp #middleschoolslp

What Winter YouTube videos do you like to use in therapy?

I am always looking for new videos to incorporate in my therapy! If you have any great winter YouTube videos, 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!

Ways To Use Dinky Doodads in Speech Therapy

Ways To Use Dinky Doodads in Speech Therapy

My students are very engaged by tiny trinkets. When I pull out the trinkets, my student’s are motivated for the speech or language activity! I have used dinky doodad trinkets to target a lot of different speech and language goals. And, I love that younger elementary and older elementary students like using them. When you can find resources that can be adapted across a lot of goals and ages, you seriously have a therapy material winner.

dinky doodads in speech therapy to work on a lot of different skills with students!

What are your favorite toys, games or materials that really give ya that bang for your buck? You know, those resources that cover a lot of needs on your caseload that you use all the time? I would love to know in the comments, so I can add them to my therapy stash. Today, I want to share about how much dinky doodad trinkets have become one of those bang for your buck resources. They are very versatile and kid approved.

Ways To Use Toys With Dinky Doodads In Speech Therapy

Use Mr. Potato Head, little people, stuffed animals or the students in your group to work on pronouns with dinky doodads! For more ideas on how to use the toy, Mrs. Potato Head, check out this blog post.

Dinky doodads in speech therapy can be used to teach pronouns using Mr. Potato Head

Let the students pick out 5-10 items that they want. Then, line up the items among the he/she toys. Each student can pick which item they want to talk about. For example, “She has the egg.” This will work on “pronoun markers” and “has/have” simultaneously. Or you can target answering basic “who” questions. Who has the corn? Who has the egg?

easter egg language activity with a free category visuals printable. This activity gets the kids up and moving while building new vocabulary.

Go on an egg hunt and stick trinkets inside the eggs. After the kids find the eggs, they can sort the items by categories using my FREE category visuals. You can of course hide these trinkets in different types of containers. Plus, you can work on the basic concepts in/out with a sentence frame “The _____ is in the egg.” If you need more ideas for working on categories and struggling with where to start in therapy, I have a great blog post with lots of tips you can see HERE.

Make A Dinky Doodads Speech Therapy Sensory Bin

Make an “I Spy” sensory bin! There are a lot of different ways to use this sensory bin. One way is to make an articulation station activity.  Seriously, this is probably my most used sensory bin and was the easiest to make once my dinky doodad order arrived!

dinky doodads in speech therapy to build articulation skills using these FREE articulation mats.

You can also use this “I Spy” sensory bin to work on category groups and noun function. Or you can use the sensory bin as an articulation station. While you are working with other students in the group, have your students look for trinkets with his/her sound. Then, they can practice using the trinket in a carrier phrase. Need this articulation mats? Click the pink button for your FREE set. My second favorite sensory bin to use is my treasure hunt bin. I use kinetic sand and hide the dinky doodads in the sand. Check out this post to read more.

dinky doodads in speech therapy to teach categories

For more language ideas on how to use this sensory bin and to grab this FREE category game, check out my post I did HERE. I would love to see your sensory bin in action! You can always tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie and use the #slpsensorybin to inspire other SLPs.

Create Sentences With Dinky Doodads To Build Language

dinky doodads speech therapy ideas using sentence frames for articulation and building language

I will use my speech and language sentence strips with dinky doodads. You can have your students practice his/her sounds with specific sentence frames that have the student’s sound such as “Brendon drew a picture of a/an ________”. The sentence strips also contain compare/contrast visuals that I use to work on describing similarities and differences.

dinky doodads in speech therapy to work on comparing/contrasting items

Work on learning new vocabulary words by comparing/contrasting trinkets using my FREE compare/contrast graphic organizer.

Work on Oral Narration & Listening Comprehension Skills With Dinky Doodads

Work on telling a story with dinky doodads. I used this Mini Objects Companion from Small Talk SLP to have students pick items and then create a story with those items.

 

dinky doodads in speech therapy to work on story retelling

Her companion also has sheets to work on a lot of other skills in therapy!

dinky doodads in speech therapy to work on grammar and vocabulary

How Do You Use Dinky Doodads in Speech Therapy?

I would love to know how you are using dinky doodads in speech! You know I am all about adding therapy ideas to my speech toolkit, so share in the comments or email me at feliceclark@thedabblingspeechie.com

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