During the month of October, you can plan a monster theme to go along with the Halloween festivities. Monsters can be a great theme to use because they can be silly and colorful. You can incorporate a lot of practice with adjectives for colors, numbers, size, textures and how a monster’s body part looks like (i.e. has pointy ears, furry bodies, one eye.)
There are a lot of great digital monster activities that I have found for my caseload and I wanted to share. Most of these activities I have been using with my k-3 students. Even my students with moderate to severe disabilities LOVED them, especially the green screen monster activity.
Before using a monster theme in therapy, it’s always good to reach out to parents and make sure they are comfortable with their child talking about monsters. Now, let’s talk about monsters, shall we?
Digital Monster Activities Using Apps
When it comes to using apps in speech therapy, I am kinda picky. The app has to be versatile, colorful, and hit a lot of different skills. Sago Mini apps always deliver for my Prek-3rd grade students. With this monster app you can work on verb actions, requesting, answering “what” questions, describing the monster, and talking about what he ate. I also love the Sago Mini Farm app that I share in this blog post for digital farm activities.
Teach Your Monster to Read is a FREE app that works on teaching phonics to kids. You could definitely use it to incorporate phonological awareness with your articulation and phonology students.
If you own an OSMO, you can use the OSMO Monster app to have an interactive experience with Mo the monster. You will asked to draw pictures and they come alive on the screen. You can talk about the noun-functions of the items. What is even cooler is that it is a new experience every time you use the app! Need more OSMO tips, head to this BLOG Post with all the details.
Highlights Monster’s Day is a FREE app that goes through the day of a monster. This is a great app for working on sequencing.
Sesame Street also has some fun free games with cookie monster. This cookie monster food truck game can be great for sequencing and building vocabulary.
Organize Your Monster Activities with Google Slides
When I plan for my virtual speech therapy sessions, I like to have all my digital materials in one place if I can help it.
Using Google Slides helps me build digital lessons by allowing me to add slides, link YouTube videos or websites, and have interactive activities such as the design a monster activity in the picture below.
You can add animations to your Google Slides that will appear when you have it in “present” mode. In “edit” mode, you can drag and move images in the Google Slide.
Another way to adapt Google Slides is to screen record using screencastify and create language lessons of you talking about the different slides. You can send those home to parents to watch with their children. Plus, you can assign Google Slides to students in Google Classroom.
This monster Google Slide presentation is part of the monster language lesson plan guides for K-2 that can be used for small groups, individual and push-in lessons. I have been using the Google Slides and the digital parent newsletter virtually for LOTS of my sessions. Just click one of the pictures to have this ready to go resource in your hands within minutes!
Pink Cat Games with Monsters
If you are looking for affordable digital games that you can adapt for the different goals on your caseload, I highly recommend checking out Pink Cat Games.
This website has a lot of fun monster games. You can try the dress the monster game for free. With this web-based app program, you can customize questions to fit the goals of your students while playing their ready to go games.
The best part of this website is that you can search for skills and find questions that have already been created by other educators. This is a yearly subscription of $39, but you are able to try the dress the monster game for free.
Monster Song YouTube Videos
When I go into the classroom to do my whole class lessons, I love having some brain breaks and songs to use at the carpet time to help keep my student’s focus.
You can use these videos on a Smartboard or virtually to help break up a session. Sometimes our students need to get up and move a little bit. A lot of songs have verb actions that you can target while dancing to the song. If you need more tips on how to setup a whole class lesson, head to this blog post.
One of my SLP ninja organizational tips is to put all of the YouTube video songs I may want to use on a Google Slide. This way, all the songs are in one place. You can ask your students what song they want to make a request or just know you have options week to week. If you need more Google Slide tips, check out my tutorial on YouTube.
Free Monster Green Screen Activity
Have you seen this FREE Whack a Monster Green Screen activity from GoGo Speech? Head to her YouTube video to grab this free activity. The link will be in the video description.
You upload each of the JPG as a video background in Zoom and then you can interchange the backgrounds while you “pop,” “smack,” or tell the monsters to “go away.”
I used this lesson last week and I had so many giggles and spontaneous language from my K-3 students with Autism and intellectual disabilities. Before using this lesson, there were sessions that fell flat. This activity was very engaging for my students and I had fun getting into it as well. Highly recommend!
Monster Ideas for Speech Therapy
What digital monster activities have you been using in therapy? Let me know in the comments or tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie