Pencil Box Speech Therapy Material Ideas

Pencil Box Speech Therapy Material Ideas

Most SLPs cover at least two schools and often carry our speech therapy materials from site to site. If you are one of the lucky SLPs with only one location, you may go into classrooms or pull kids out in the hallways to do quick artic sessions.

Either way, having easy-to-travel therapy materials is nice to have on hand! Today I will share pencil box speech therapy material ideas that fit compactly in your work bag and help you have engaging therapy!

Four Pencil Box Speech Therapy Material Ideas for Your Caseload

Use your pencil box to make fun stamp-it-out activities with either kinetic sand or play dough. You need a set of stamp letters and any picture-word task cards. The picture task cards in this photo are from the Letter Stamp Articulation Sets. Your students can stamp out words that have their speech sound or are related to their language goals.

Lakeshore learning is the set that I have for these activities. You can get lowercase and uppercase. If you are looking for letter stamps on Amazon, this one looks great (Amazon affiliate link)!

Use these pencil box speech therapy material ideas to help you have activities that fit in your work bag!

Quick Artic Speech Sound Pencil Box Speech Therapy

Use these pencil box speech therapy material ideas to help you have activities that fit in your work bag!

If you do quick artic groups in hallways at your school, having materials you can carry in one hand is nice!

Or, when running mixed groups, you can create individual speech sound station activities that your students can do while working with other kids in the group. Making a quick drill kit is one way to have everything ready to go. You can put your flashcards, visual cues, clickers, and anything else you can fit in the pencil box!

Here are some of the items that I fit in mine:

Articulation flipbooks – just print 4 to a page. See this demo on Instagram. Try the /l/ flipbook for free.

Magnetic wand and chips (Amazon affiliate links)

Speech word list flashcards – try this set for free

Finger Hand Tally Counters (Amazon affiliate)

Plus Plus Blocks (Amazon affiliate)

Mini trinkets – check out this blog post for how to use dinky doodads

Use these pencil box speech therapy material ideas to help you have activities that fit in your work bag!

What else could you fit in the pencil box for quick artic sessions? Share in the comments.

If you want a larger box, I have a blog post about staying organized with your speech sound goals using Michael’s container HERE.

Check out this blog post on more articulation station activities.

Make Pencil Box Sensory Bins for Speech Therapy

Use these pencil box speech therapy material ideas to help you have activities that fit in your work bag!

Another pencil box speech therapy material idea is to make pencil box sensory bins! You can check out my Instagram replay LIVE video, where I share the pros and cons of this type of container.

Use any sensory bin filler and materials on hand to make travel-sized sensory bins. Some of my favorite materials for these sized bins are from TOOBS or wild republic. And, you can find some entertaining accessories with cake decoration kits. Check out this beach sensory bin idea. It would work perfectly for a pencil box sensory bin!

One way to use your sensory bin companions in a pencil box is to print your images four to a page. It will save some paper and make the printables smaller, so they fit in the pencil box!

Use the themed verbs and vocabulary flashcard resources in the Themed Therapy SLP membership to make pencil box sensory bins. 

Create Pencil Box Play-Based Toy Sets for Speech Therapy

Kids love using toys in therapy and doing pretend play activities. So, why not make some pencil box play-based toy sets to use in your speech and language sessions? You can create a fun dog play set using a mini dog set from Dollar Tree or figurines from this pretend play dog set (Amazon affiliate link.)

Some other mini toy sets you can put in a pencil box are from the Calico Critters toy line. You can store your toy dollhouse furniture in your therapy room and take the necessary pieces!

You can find other dollhouse furniture sets like this one that could fit in the pencil box. What other play-based pretend play sets could you make? I would love to hear your ideas!

Use these pencil box speech therapy material ideas to help you have activities that fit in your work bag!

What pencil box speech therapy material ideas do you have for SLPs?

Use these pencil box speech therapy material ideas to help you have activities that fit in your work bag!

It’s fun to collaborate with other SLPs to get more ideas for how to use an item. So, I want to know, “What pencil box speech therapy material ideas do you have to share?” Let me know if you use pencil boxes to store materials or create activities for your students in the comments.

Picture Scenes for Articulation Speech Therapy

Picture Scenes for Articulation Speech Therapy

Have you been hitting some walls with finding articulation activities for the sentence and conversation levels?

Nothing drags me down more than not having engaging activities for my articulation students. Plus, if I don’t have articulation materials that can help me collect data on productions, I start to sweat bullets as the progress reports become due.

That’s why I love finding articulation picture scenes that are loaded with sound opportunities for my students. Using picture scenes to work on articulation can help you get those high trials in a session and keep your students motivated to practice in a session.

Articulation picture scenes as a progress monitoring tool for connected speech! They can be quick to administer and give ya the data you need to share a student’s progress on goals.

For my students with 1-2 sound errors, I tend to follow a traditional articulation approach. You can check out the stages in this blog post

FREE Picture Scenes to Use for Articulation Therapy

Don’t you just want to tell everyone when you find a good, FREE activity that will cover your therapy goals for weeks? I know I sure do!On the Facebook Page, OMAZing Kids, there are LOTS of free picture scenes

You can save these as JPGs on your computer and upload them to a Google Slide. If you right click and select “change background,” you can choose the picture scene image to make the background of the Google Slide be the picture scene. 

In the notes section of the Google Slide, you can write a list of target words that can be used to describe the picture scene by sound to reference when you use it with a student.

Check out how I found picture scenes to work on articulation carryover. You can also use these articulation picture scenes to work on fluency and language goals.

Sound Loaded Articulation Picture Scenes for Carryover

Check out how I found picture scenes to work on articulation carryover. You can also use these articulation picture scenes to work on fluency and language goals.

When I have students at the sentence level that need to start moving over into more spontaneous conversation, I like to use sound loaded picture scenes to help create increased opportunities to practice the target sound.

Using sound loaded articulation scenes has been great to use with my students who are not yet reading, but need to practice their sound in multiple sentences.

All of my No Print and printable articulation flipbooks contain two picture scenes per sound.

These picture scenes have helped me with taking data on goals as well as a quick probe to see if the sounds are emerging into new positions.

Grab the Articulation Flipbooks and Get High Trials

Instead of spending hours trying to make your own picture scenes, just use these sound loaded ones that are ready to go! Imagine all the things you can do by saving time…..pedicures, leisure reading, making that afternoon workout class…it’s worth it to have these scenes. Try the L Articulation Flipbook for FREE. Tap the images below to grab the NO PRINT or printable flipbooks.

No Print Articulation Flipbooks

Printable Articulation Flipbooks

Check out how I found picture scenes to work on articulation carryover. You can also use these articulation picture scenes to work on fluency and language goals.
Check out how I found picture scenes to work on articulation carryover. You can also use these articulation picture scenes to work on fluency and language goals.

Highlights Magazine Picture Scenes to Work on Articulation Goals

Check out how I found picture scenes to work on articulation carryover. You can also use these articulation picture scenes to work on fluency and language goals.

As a kid, I LOVED the Highlights magazine. Did you know that there are hidden picture scenes and other short stories with picture scenes that you can use to work on articulation carryover?

The Highlights magazine has a variety of stories and activities that you can use to cover a lot of goals in therapy.

There is a hidden pictures game on their website and you can access a ton of their hidden pictures and picture puzzles apps for under $5 a month.

For example, this comic strip story would be perfect for students working on /sh/!

Check out how I found picture scenes to work on articulation carryover. You can also use these articulation picture scenes to work on fluency and language goals.

Where Do You Find Articulation Materials?

Do you have some articulation picture scenes you love to use for articulation carryover?

You can never have TOO many picture scenes. Let me know in the comments so of your faves! 

It’s easy to find Prek-2nd grade level picture scenes. I would love to find some more scenes that are middle school and high school level.

If you need more ideas on articulation carryover with your older students, here is a good blog post to check out.

Check out how I found picture scenes to work on articulation carryover. You can also use these articulation picture scenes to work on fluency and language goals.
Monster Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

Monster Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

Do your students love talking about monsters? I know mine do! And there are so many books and activities you can use to cover lots of speech and language goals. Here are a couple of blog posts with ideas to use in your therapy sessions.

If you have been following my blog or social media accounts, you know I love sensory bins! They are the best way to engage your students. Today, I want to show you how to make this monster sensory bin using really affordable materials. This googly-eyed sensory bin is really fun to use during the Halloween season or any time of the year!

Grab your favorite monster themed book and use this bin as an extension activity! Amazon affiliate links are included for your convenience. For more sensory bin ideas, I have a whole page filled with ideas to give you inspiration for therapy!

Materials for Making the Monster Sensory Bin

Here are the materials you need to make your speech sensory bin:

-A bin or box of any size

-Monster Googly-Eyed ping pong balls (You can get at the Dollar Tree during Halloween season or grab them on Amazon)

Purple yarn cut up into spaghetti length pieces (Use your 40% off coupon from Joann’s for a great price on yarn)

Learning Resources scoopers or use a plastic spoon or soup ladle with your bin

Ways to Use Your Monster Sensory Bins

This sensory bin can work on functional communication. You can target “want”, “more”, “all done”, “my turn”, “wait”, “help” and “where” using this bin. Do you need a CORE board for some of your students? Head to this blog post to get a free one

Your students can learn the concepts of in/out using this bin. If your students are working on verbs, you can target “pick”, “find”, and  “look” while playing with this sensory bin.

Students can work on language concepts while using this bin. Write different conjunctions on the eyeballs. When a student picks up an eyeball, he/she has to create a sentence with the conjunction. You can do the same thing with prefixes or suffixes. What other goals could you target in your sessions? Let me know in the comments. 

Articulation Practice Using This Monster Sensory Bin

Want your students to increase their repetitions with their articulation sound or phonological process? Write numbers on the eyeballs using a sharpie. Then, have your students hunt for an eyeball. Whatever number is on the eyeball is how many repetitions they have to say. You can also use this as a generic mixed group game. The student with the most points at the end wins!

Are you struggling to get more repetitions with your articulation/phonology students? This blog post will keep your students motivated and working hard each session.

These ping pong balls are bouncy. So, the other way you can use this bin is to put all the eyeballs in a bucket or basket. The student has to say his/her sound so many trials before trying to bounce the eyeball into the sensory bin. Consider it a kid friendly game of monster pong!

Mixed Group Sensory Bin Reinforcer

Play a minute to win it challenge with your students once they complete their work for the session. Set the timer for one minute. Have your students use the scoopers to see how many eyeballs they can get out of the bin in a minute. The student who can get those most eyeballs out in a minute wins.  

How Will You Use This Sensory Bin in Therapy?

Are you going to make this bin for your students? I love storing my sensory bin fillers in gallon sized plastic bags. This way, I can have 1-2 bins and interchange the fillers for new themes. For more storage ideas, head to this blog post. If you need to change up your therapy plans, this sensory bin will definitely get your kids engaged in the session. Make sure to tag me on social media with your bin and therapy ideas @thedabblingspeechie

Halloween Phonology with a Witch’s Brew!

Halloween Phonology with a Witch’s Brew!

It is fun to break away from traditional therapy activities and find ways to infuse the seasonal holidays into your articulation and phonology sessions. For Halloween, you can use so many props from the Dollar Tree or Target Dollar Spot to work on phonology goals in a festive way.

Today, I am going to share a Halloween phonology therapy idea that will help you get those high trials in your sessions. You can have your students make a witch’s brew or potion while practicing their target sounds.

Materials for the Halloween Phonology Witch’s Brew

To make your own Halloween phonology witch’s brew, you need the following items:

-A witch cauldron (I got a mini cauldron at the Dollar Tree)

If you can’t find one at the Dollar Tree, they have a set on Amazon. This set has different sizes, if you want a larger cauldron. 

-Mini Trinkets (I got mine from Dinky Doodads on Etsy). If you want to see how you can use mini trinkets in your speech therapy sessions, check out this post HERE. Kids go bananas for these trinkets, so they are worth the investment for me.

-Witch fingers to stir the witch’s brew (You can grab some on Amazon).

If you need some visual sentence frames to use with this activity, I like to use my articulation sentence starters to get in good practice with the sound!

How to Use the Halloween Phonology Witch’s Brew Activity

With you cauldron and trinkets, you can have your students practice their speech sounds as they placed the trinkets in the cauldron.

Incorporate phonological awareness activities while making a witch’s brew. For example, you can place three mini trinkets out in front of the student. Then, tell the student that the have to find the items the witch wants for her potion brew by knowing which item rhymes with “hat”. 

Or, you can have items already in the cauldron. Tell your students in order for the potion to work, they have to take each item out one by one practicing the word 5 times each. The student can take each item out and practice until all the items are out of the cauldron.

This activity could easily be adapted to work on in/out, plural nouns (i.e. I need three frogs), verbs “stir”, “find”, “make”, “chant”, or simple sequencing.

Carrier Phrases to Use While Making Your Witch’s Brew

The best way to come up with themed carrier phrases is to think about the target sounds your student is working on. Then, brainstorm words that go with your theme, toy or book. This will help you generate carrier phrases that a student may use with the material. Here are some carrier phrases I came up with:

-Sprinkle in ______.

-Stir the _____ into the brew.

-The potion is ______.

-The potion needs _______.

-It’s a ______ potion.

-Boil and bake ______ in the cauldron.

-Add _____ into the brew.

-I want _____ in the cauldron.

More Halloween Speech Therapy Ideas

If you need more Halloween speech therapy ideas, this blog post has activities I used in my therapy rooms a few years ago. Another fun Halloween theme is to use monsters with your students. Here is a blog post that gives you ideas on how to incorporate monsters. I also have some monster materials that will engage your students you can read about HERE

There is also this fun Flying Broomsticks game as a open reinforcer for your mixed groups.

How Would You Use This Halloween Phonology Activity?

I would love to know how you would adapt this Halloween phonology activity for your students. Share your ideas in the comments or tag me in a photo on your IG account. 

What is the Traditional Therapy Approach?

What is the Traditional Therapy Approach?

Treating articulation disorders in the school setting is very common for the speech-language pathologist. Based on your state’s educational eligibility code, you may see students with articulation disorders on an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or through a speech improvement Response to Intervention (RTI) site-based program. 

We know that with students with articulation disorders, the end goal is to establish the target sound and to help the student be able to correctly produce that sound in conversation with a variety of speaking partners across many different settings. 

When working in the school setting, I find that it can be difficult to move through those stages because lesson planning time is limited. Today, I want to refresh us all on the traditional articulation therapy approach to help us plan therapy more efficiently for our articulation students. 

Explanation of the Traditional Articulation Therapy Approach

The traditional articulation approach was developed by Van Riper in 1978. With this approach, the SLP works on one sound at a time and progresses to working on the sound in isolation, syllables, words, phrases, sentences, reading, and conversation. This approach uses a hierarchy approach (vertical) where the sound is worked on one position at a time.

The approach focuses on the phonetic placement of the sound in error and teaching the motor skills to correctly produce that sound. This method of intervention uses a hierarchy to help children establish the correct sound and learn the motor movements to use that sound into conversational contexts.

When to Use the Traditional Therapy Approach

This approach is most recommended for younger children who are exhibiting a few sound errors. Furthermore, children who are exhibiting sound errors that are relatively developmental in nature are good candidates for using this approach. 

Five Steps in Van Riper’s Traditional Therapy Method

Discrimination Training – Can they hear correct vs. incorrect productions of the sound?

Stimulability – Is the student able to correctly produce the sound when given prompts for the correct placement and manner for the sound production?

Sound Stabilization – The child expands the contexts in which he or she can correctly say the sound.

Generalization – when the child is able to correctly produce the sound, regardless of the environment or the person to whom he or she is speaking.

Maintenance – monitoring the child’s speech over time to ensure that he or she is continuing to correctly produce the correct sounds in all contexts of conversation.

The Hierarchy Stages of the Traditional Therapy Approach

When planning therapy, SLPs will want to work on one sound at a time. It is important that you go through all the stages in order. Typically, the stages follow working on the single sound in isolation, syllables, words (initial, final, medial), phrases, sentences, reading paragraphs, and conversation. 

Want a little cheat sheet of the stages? Click here to download a copy!

How Do I Know What Stage to Start with Using the Traditional Therapy Approach?

The best way an SLP can determine where to begin in therapy using the traditional therapy approach is to collect good baseline data. When we know what the child can do with his/her articulation sound, it is easier to plan therapy at the correct stage. Busy Bee Speech has a great baseline data resource to use at the beginning of the year or when you first get a student. 

Articulation Materials to Help Plan Therapy Using the Traditional Therapy Approach

Implementing the traditional therapy approach is a lot easier when you have activities that align. Make therapy planning more efficient by using these tools for articulation!

Isolation Articulation Activities 

Helping your students elicit the sounds in isolation can sometimes be tricky. This book, Eliciting Sounds: Techniques and Strategies for Clinicians 2nd Edition,has a lot of helpful information for how to cue and elicit sounds from your students.

Once you get the child to elicit the sound, you want them to get those high repetitions of saying the sound. My Race to 100 game is great for working at the isolation, syllable, or word level. Grab it HERE (free printable). 

Syllables Articulation Activities

Practicing the target sound in syllables is an important stage for your students. Your students can get in a lot of meaningful drill with syllables. When you allow your students to practice without a word context, they can better focus on the motor patterns for the sound productions. Use this FREE Syllable Practice Sheet with post its, speech sound cue cards, or put in a page protector and use with a dry erase marker!

Word Articulation Activities

Once your students are at stage 3 and are ready to practice more complex words, my Interactive Articulation Flipbooks are perfect for words, carrier phrases, and sentences. Check out how  you can use them in sessions HERE. For more therapy ideas to get those high trials at the word level, check out this post.

Sentence Articulation Activities


Sentence Articulation Challenge Sheets are great for stage 5 when your student is ready to work on their sound with two sound targets in a sentence. There is also carryover practice with homework sheets!

If you need easy-to-prep activities, then you can use my No Prep Articulation Sentence Practice sheets as homework or for quick drill. 

Paragraphs And Conversation

For your students working on reading at the paragraph level, as well as structured conversational tasks, my Articulation Carryover Sets have lots of activities that you can use. The reading passages control the phonetic environment so your students can focus on their target sound. Plus, collecting data is super easy for you! Need more ideas for generalization? Check HERE for the blog post.

What Resources Do You Use in Articulation Therapy?


I would love to know what you use to help your students make progress in articulation therapy. Do you have a book, a therapy material, a game, or a manipulative that really helps motivate your students to practice? Share in the comments.


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