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Lucky Green Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

Lucky Green Sensory Bin for Speech Therapy

Do you need an activity for St. Patrick’s Day that will cover lots of goals and be adaptable for many ages? I have just the sensory bin for you! This lucky green sensory bin is easy to make and will be great for your younger students and older ones too. Don’t you love it when you have materials that can be used across a lot of ages? This lucky green sensory bin will help you implement engaging therapy during the crazy month of March when all the paperwork is due.

I started using festive St. Patrick’s Day sensory bins many years ago and this lucky green sensory bin is still a hit. Check out this post for more March bin ideas. 

How to Make a Lucky Green Sensory Bin

All you need is a bin, some shredded green paper and green items from around your speech room. If you need more ideas for what types of bins to use, head to this blog post.

For my lucky green sensory bin, I used the following items (Amazon Affiliate links are included for your convenience. I get a small commission when you use these links):

Aluminum Pan (these make great sensory bin containers)

Shredded green wrapping paper from the Dollar Tree or green grass for Easter baskets

-Green toys and items from around my room

If you need ideas for green items, I grabbed vegetables and fruit from my play food, cars, insects, green cups, green markers and crayons, play money, green toy clothing items, or items from your Alphabet Sounds Tubs from Lakeshore Learning. I would love to know what green items you have found, so I can grab materials to add in my future lucky green sensory bins. You can also head to the Dollar Tree and find items that are green too.

Need an activity to cover mixed groups for St. Patrick’s Day? Go around your speech room and find your green toys and items. Throw them in a sensory bin and now you have the perfect speech and language sensory bin. Use this lucky green sensory bin to target grammar, vocabulary, describing, and articulation and phonology.

Can You Find It? Lucky Green Sensory Bin Activity

One activity that I love to play to work on noun-functions is my Can You Find It? Game. I put items in the bin and then give clues to my students. Can you find something that you eat? Or, Can you find something that you wear?

Because I don’t have a TON of real items, I made a sensory bin activity using different green items. It includes visual supports, and visual sentence frames to work on describing the items. If you need this activity, head to my TPT store. You won’t regret having a sensory bin companion that will last you the whole month of March (lesson plans are finished, so you can focus on therapy without the stress.)

See the pictures below to check out some of the items and visuals included in this resource. 

Ways to Use the Green Sensory Bin

Need an activity to cover mixed groups for St. Patrick’s Day? Go around your speech room and find your green toys and items. Throw them in a sensory bin and now you have the perfect speech and language sensory bin. Use this lucky green sensory bin to target grammar, vocabulary, describing, and articulation and phonology.
Need an activity to cover mixed groups for St. Patrick’s Day? Go around your speech room and find your green toys and items. Throw them in a sensory bin and now you have the perfect speech and language sensory bin. Use this lucky green sensory bin to target grammar, vocabulary, describing, and articulation and phonology.

You can use this bin to cover your speech and language goals in therapy. For articulation and speech sound students, they can hunt for items with their speech sound. Have your students hide an item in the green grass after they produce their target sound 5 times.

For your students working on grammar and syntax, work on naming the items with a plural tense marker. Or, have them create sentences with adjectives, prepositional phrases, and the correct noun-verb agreement.

This green sensory bin has so many opportunities for building vocabulary. Have your students describe the items in the bin by attributes. Or, have them look for items in specific category groups. Work on answering wh- questions while using the items. You can cover “yes/no” questions and “Who, What, Where, When, and Why” questions.

For articulation carryover, have your students create a silly story using the items in the green bin. This can work with well with your language students too. You can have them work on story retell and oral narration.

How would you use this bin in therapy? Leave a comment below and share your therapy ideas! Sharing an idea may help another SLP with using this bin.

 

Are you looking for more St. Patrick’s Day themed ideas? Head to this blog post and your lesson planning will be a breeze!!

Need More Sensory Bin Ideas

If you are wanting to use more sensory bins during March, head to this blog post for other sensory bins you can make. You can also plan some spring sensory bins by heading to this blog post.

Make sure you download my FREE ultimate sensory bin guide (click the pink button above to grab) and make a fun baby chick sensory bin. If you head to this blog post, you can make a chicken inferencing sensory bin activity (it’s a free download on that post.)

I am always looking for sensory bin inspiration and I am sure other SLPs are too. You can share your sensory bins on Instagram using the #slpsensorybin hashtag. If you are looking for new ideas, I recommend following that hashtag to get sensory bin updates in your feed.

Need an activity to cover mixed groups for St. Patrick’s Day? Go around your speech room and find your green toys and items. Throw them in a sensory bin and now you have the perfect speech and language sensory bin. Use this lucky green sensory bin to target grammar, vocabulary, describing, and articulation and phonology.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy

Where are all my Very Hungry Caterpillar fans? Using The Very Hungry Caterpillar in speech therapy is a great addition to your bug theme. I especially enjoy this book because I can incorporate a food theme as well.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities and resources for speech therapy #slpeeps

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic children’s book for younger students. I use this book every year with my K-2 students. This board book comes with  plush toy for The Very Hungry Caterpillar which is pretty great if you want a real caterpillar to go with your lesson. There are so many ways to adapt and use this book in therapy.

Find resources, therapy ideas and activities to work on speech and language goals using The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy.

During the spring months, I love incorporating bugs into my therapy. The cool thing about an insect theme is that bugs are around all year long, so you can use this theme any time of the year. My favorite times to do bugs are Spring and Summer because that’s when those creepy crawlers come out for kids to see!

Toys and Activities for The Very Hungry Caterpillar

When I need toys, games, books or anything really, I tend to look on Amazon first. As a busy SLP and mom, I just don’t always have the time to go hunting around stores for resources. There are a TON of Very Hungry Caterpillar toys and resources for extension activities. Here are some that I found on Amazon (amazon affiliate links included for your convenience):

Caterpillar Bean Bag Toy that you can use

Very Hungry Caterpillar plush toy for sensory bin

Let’s feed the Caterpillar Game for extension activity

Feed the caterpillar magnetic puzzle

Reversible Caterpillar to butterfly stuffed animal

Caterpillar stacking blocks for oral narration

Flannel felt pieces from the story to work on oral narration

Find resources, therapy ideas and activities to work on speech and language goals using The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft Ideas

I enjoy doing crafts as part of my push in lessons to support basic concepts and social skills. When we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we made these sponge caterpillar crafts. It was a pretty easy craft to prep and we worked on requesting items, learning basic concepts and then initiating conversation by showing peers our craft.

Crafts for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Find resources, therapy ideas and activities to work on speech and language goals using The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy.

Here is how I transported everything to the classroom. I found the sponges at the dollar store, used white 11 by 17 craft paper, eye stickers, black pipe cleaners cut up, and black marker to draw the legs.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy. I have containers that I put all my items for my push in speech therapy lessons, so I have all the supplies in one place. This is for a caterpillar craft for kids.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Speech & Language Activities

If you want DIY therapy ideas, just type in The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities into Pinterest and you will find so much inspiration! You can follow my Very Hungry Caterpillar Speech Therapy Pinterest board for more ideas!

Articulation ideas: Go on a sound hunt with the pictures from the story. Have students look and listen for words that have their sound.

Basic Concepts: Follow directions with basic concepts using props from the story.

Category ideas: Sort fruits, vegetables and junk food. Or sort food vs. insects. You can discuss if a food is healthy or junk food.

Vocabulary: Practice describing a caterpillar and butterfly by attributes. Do the same thing with the food in the story. Have a taste test to describe fruit as crunchy, juicy, sweet, sour, color, size, shape and category.

Grammar: Target present and past tense for verbs, as well as, marking plural nouns that happened in the story. The students can describe the verb actions in each picture. The caterpillar ate four strawberries.

More Language Ideas For The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Listening Comprehension: Students can practice answering wh-questions from the story. One way that I scaffold the story for some students is by asking a question every page or every 2-3 sentences. When I read the story, I will read it out loud all the way through. Then, I will use the book page by page to talk about all the details in the story. The next session when I read the story to the kids, I will stop and ask questions. At the end, we will retell the story together.

Oral Narration: Students can work on sequencing and story elements using The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This book is great for students that need visual supports to remember a story because the story has lots of visuals to support the story.

Social Skills: When you create a caterpillar or butterfly craft only put one set of art supplies on the table. Students have to practice initiating, waiting, and sharing supplies with another student while creating the craft.

FUN Idea For Your K-2 Push-In Language Lesson

During my SDC K-2 push-in language lesson, we read the book, described the caterpillar and then did the caterpillar craft. The next session, I read a new caterpillar book and we then went on a bug hunt outside! You can hide insects in the grass and have students look for bugs! I am a BIG fan of TOOBS and used my insect TOOBS (amazon affiliate link) for this activity. These are the fruits and vegetable TOOB items (amazon affiliate link) I would use if you have the students pretend to be hungry caterpillars.

Easy Tip Lesson Planning Tip For SLPs with High Caseloads

When I had 75-83 students on my caseload with two Autism Special Day Classrooms and one mild-mod Special Day Classroom, I would plan activities with a similar theme for as many groups as I could. I felt that it was easier for me to learn how to teach the language and scaffold skills if I was using the same concepts for a lot of different students. I would find ways to adapt the theme for students abilities, interests and ages. So, often times, I read this book 7-10 times in a day. It was hard to keep the energy up, but it definitely made me feel less stress when planning lessons. So older students, I may not actually read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but I might find a non-fiction passage or video to learn about caterpillars.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Speech Therapy

Need an insect sensory bin activity to use after reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then check out this blog post for how to make one! What toys and resources have you found for this book that you love using?

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