Easy Spider Speech Therapy Sensory Bins

Easy Spider Speech Therapy Sensory Bins

Are you planning a spider speech therapy unit and need some hands-on ideas for your sessions? Check out these two easy spider speech therapy sensory bins to use with your elementary speech therapy caseload.

If you plan it right, you can find many spider elements at Dollar Tree or Walmart during the Halloween season for a steal of a deal!

Fillers and Materials for Your Spider Sensory Bin

Easy spider speech therapy sensory bin ideas to use with your mixed groups!

Here is a list of items you need to make your bin (Amazon affiliate links are provided for your convenience):

  • Painter’s tape
  • Various sized spiders
  • Purple glitter spiders are from Dollar Tree, and the smaller spiders you can get on Amazon.
  • The fake webs can be found at Dollar Tree or Amazon.
  • You can add insects into the bin to talk about what the spider caught. There are a variety of mini insect sets on Amazon
  • Hand scoopers were from an insect kit from Dollar Tree, but you can also find scoopers on Amazon.

Themed Therapy SLP Membership has a Spider Unit

Do you love themed therapy but don’t have the energy or time to plan all the activities for your Prek-5th grade caseload? You can now enjoy your themed therapy while letting someone else take lesson planning off your plate. The Themed Therapy SLP membership provides the following:

  • Book cheat sheets.
  • Hands-on activities.
  • Google Slides.
  • No Print activities.
  • Task Cards.
  • Open-ended activities.
  • Reading passages for your elementary caseload.

Sign up for the annual and access over 24 themed units at once, including this spider theme! This spider unit is part of the October themes.

Spider Speech Therapy Sensory Bin – What Did the Spider Catch?

With this first spider speech therapy sensory bin, you can add the webs as your filler. You can throw in some mini insects and play “What did the spider catch in their web?” 

If you have mini objects, you can also throw those in the bin. Your students can hunt for mini objects that the spider caught that have their target sound!

With this activity, you can work on the following goals:

 

  • “What” questions
  • Discuss the process for how spiders catch their prey, focusing on the vocabulary spin, prey, catch, wrap, suck, cover, strand, poke, fangs, venom, inject
  • Describe the insects or items by attributes
  • Target sentence structures and MLU such as “I found ____” or “The spider caught _______.”

You can see this bin in action on Instagram.

Spider Speech Therapy Sensory Bin to Teach Vocabulary

I spotted this balance spider web sensory bin from Happy Toddler Playtime and knew there are a lot of ways to use this sensory bin in your speech therapy sessions. 

First, you put painter’s tape across the top of the bin. Then, have your students try putting spiders on the tape to balance the web strand.

To make this sensory bin more versatile, find different-sized spiders or types of spiders to use with the activity. By having different sizes, you can target big and little.

With your older students, you can demonstrate the tier II vocabulary of balance, tumble, carefully, sticky, and any other vocabulary you can think of to use with this spider activity!

Your students can earn spiders after each speech sound production and then see how many spiders they can place on the web before one topples off the web.

 

How Could You Use These Spider Sensory Bins With Your Student?

What other speech and language goals can you target with these spider sensory bins? One of the BEST ways to learn how to adapt materials is to ask SLPs to give ideas. If you can expand one of these sensory bins for specific goals, share your thoughts in the comments.

Easy spider speech therapy sensory bins to use with your mixed groups!
All About Me – Likes and Dislikes

All About Me – Likes and Dislikes

All About Me is a versatile theme for preschool and early elementary students.

You can use an All About Me theme any time of the year, but it is an ideal theme to use at the start of the school year.

By having students talk about their likes and dislikes, you can build rapport and learn more about what they love.

In this blog post, you will learn some ideas to build an All About Me Likes and Dislikes lesson plan that you can use for small groups and co-teaching.

All About Me Book Recommendations

Have an easy all-about-me-themed therapy lesson plan for your speech therapy groups. Kids love talking about their likes and dislikes, and you can cover a lot of goals!

Start your session by reading a themed book such as What I Like About Me by Allia Zobel-Nola, or I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont. (Amazon affiliate links included.)

You can use either of these books to discuss what your students like about themselves.

As you discuss what kids like about themselves based on their physical features, you can also target hobbies, values, food, colors, activities, and more!

 

What are some of your favorites all about me likes and dislikes books? Share in the comments of this blog post.

All About Me Likes and Dislikes YouTube Songs

Using YouTube songs that tie into your theme is a great way to incorporate movement into your sessions. It’s even better when the music aligns with the concepts you are working on in your session.

You can use these Super Simple songs to work on the following speech and language goals:

CORE words: like/don’t like, yes/no
Adjectives: yum, gross
Making comments: No way! I would eat that!

After you read one of the recommended books, turn on this song. You can incorporate hand movements, yes/no visual icons, or iconic gestures for yum or gross to increase engagement.

Have an easy all about me themed therapy lesson plan for your speech therapy groups. Kids love talking about their likes and dislikes and you can cover a lot of goals!

YouTube Videos to Share Like/Don’t Like Opinions About Food

Did you know there are likes and dislikes on YouTube you can use on a SMARTboard or your laptop to discuss what your students enjoy or don’t enjoy?

It’s a great way to keep your students engaged while you work on answering yes/no questions, making comments (i.e., yummy, yucky), naming other items in the category group of the thing, and working on MLU.

If you want the videos to pause at specific points of the video with a question, you can add these videos to EdPuzzle and create stimulus items with the videos that are related to your student’s goals. Here is a YouTube tutorial on creating lessons with EdPuzzl on my channel. 

Here is some All About Me Likes and Dislikes videos you can use in therapy:

Likes and Dislikes ESL by ABC Educational Channel

English for Beginners Likes and Dislikes

I Like and I Don’t Like Animated Book

Like Don’t Like – English Grammar for Kids with Novakid

I Like- I Don’t Like by Giulia Filosi 

What I Like Sensory Bin for Speech

Have an easy all-about-me-themed therapy lesson plan for your speech therapy groups. Kids love talking about their likes and dislikes, and you can cover a lot of goals!

You can make a “What I Like” sensory bin that you can use as an extension activity over several speech therapy sessions.

To make this sensory bin, put in whatever filler you want! Some of my fave fillers on my website can be found on this page.

Then, add pictures of different food or items from other categories. Your students can select an item and then share if they like or don’t like it. If you need ready-to-go pictures and visual supports for this bin, you can get these printables in the All About Me themed unit for August in the Themed Therapy SLP membership.

With the printable pictures, you can work on yes/no questions, receptive and expressive noun-functions, inferencing, describing, using sentences with I like/I don’t like, and syntax/morphology.

For more getting-to-know-you type of activities, check out this blog post.

All About Me Likes and Dislikes Toy Activity

If you own these All About Me houses (Amazon affiliate link included), these are perfect for talking about likes and dislikes. You can put mini trinkets of items inside the homes and have students open them up. They can pull out the thing and share if they like or don’t like it. To learn more about mini trinkets, check out this blog post.

While doing this activity, you can also work on word opposites in/out, full/empty, and open/close.

Have an easy all-about-me-themed therapy lesson plan for your speech therapy groups. Kids love talking about their likes and dislikes, and you can cover a lot of goals!

What Are Your Favorite All About Me Therapy Ideas?

Have an easy all-about-me-themed therapy lesson plan for your speech therapy groups. Kids love talking about their likes and dislikes, and you can cover a lot of goals!

Do you have some all-about-me activities to target likes and dislikes? Share your favorite activities and resources in the comments of this blog post to add to this lesson plan! You can extend this theme for at least two weeks with various similar activities. If you need more information about why it is beneficial for you and your students to do a theme for longer than a week, check out this Real Talk SLP podcast episode

How To Store Sensory Bins For the Year

How To Store Sensory Bins For the Year

You are probably reading this blog post because you LOVE using sensory bins so much that now you are running out of room to store them.

When I first started using sensory bins, I would shove the materials into a gallon-sized bag and toss them into a big container. The only problem was that when I wanted to use a particular sensory bin the following year, it took me twenty minutes to find it!

Does this sound familiar? Hopefully, after reading this blog post, you will have a system for organizing your sensory bins for the school year. Amazon affiliate links are included in this blog post. 

Biggest Space-Saver Tip for Storing Sensory Bins

Check out these tips for how to store sensory bins for the school year, so that you know where your speech therapy materials are located when you need them. Streamline your sensory bin organization today!

Most of us have small therapy rooms; it’s an unfortunate reality. So, our therapy rooms can get pretty cluttered with stuff if we aren’t managing our organization of speech therapy materials.

To save space and money, invest in no more than three sensory bin containers. You can get a smaller pencil box, a shallow Sterilite bin, and then a quart-sized bin to hold your sensory bin materials.

Then, you can keep the sensory bins you aren’t using in larger containers and store them in your room or your garage. When working two days a week at two different schools, I kept my additional sensory bins in my garage and brought the one container between sites.

Materials Needed to Create Your Sensory Bin Organization System

Using zipper pouches is an excellent investment to keep the filler and material items together in one spot. You can get different sizes for storage. Depending on the number of things in your sensory bin, you may want more oversized bags sized 16 by 12 inches or 15 by 11 inches. You can then purchase smaller-sized zipper pouches to store mini items and printables for the bin.

Having labels to put on the pouches will also help you identify the materials you want to use.

Then, you can sort your sensory bin bags into categories for when you typically use them throughout the school year. When you label your larger containers by times of the year, you will know which bin to go to look for items.

Check out these tips for how to store sensory bins for the school year, so that you know where your speech therapy materials are located when you need them. Streamline your sensory bin organization today!

Check out how to organize the zipper pouches

Check out these tips for how to store sensory bins for the school year, so that you know where your speech therapy materials are located when you need them. Streamline your sensory bin organization today!

My organizational style likes everything in one spot if I can help it. So, when organizing my apple tree sensory bin, I stored the toilet paper rolls and fake apples in the larger pouch (16 by 12 inches) and then kept the filler Pom Pom balls in the slightly smaller folder (15 by 11 inches.) I put those in the smaller zipper pouch for the apple-themed verb and vocabulary printables. Then, I tossed them all into the bigger zipper pouch.

Suppose you are interested in getting themed sensory bin materials. In that case, you can check out companions in my TPT store or have themed sensory bin guides with the Themed Therapy SLP Membership (doors open in summer 2022, so get on the waitlist now.)

Sensory Bin Sticker Labels

Having a label on the zipper pouch is super helpful when you want to identify sensory bin sets in your larger bins. You can create labels for your different containers and print them out on a full-page Avery shipping label. Cut them out and stick them on the zipper pouch.

After adding all your materials to your zipper pouch with the label intact, you plop it into the more oversized organization container! Your sensory bin is now appropriately stored for the season, lol.

When you need the materials for a sensory bin, you grab them out of the tote and dump them in your main sensory bin container.

Sensory Bins Your Students Will LOVE

When it comes to making sensory bins, you definitely can use items from around your speech room. But if you are looking for themed sensory bins that have cheat sheets, visual supports, and printables ready to go, check out these sensory bin resources in my TPT store

What sensory bin organization tips do you have to share?

If you have any tremendous sensory bin organization tips, please share them! One of my favorite ways to use sensory bins is with a themed book. You can read the story and then pair a sensory bin that reinforces the concepts from the books in a hands-on way for your students.

For more sensory bin ideas on how you can make your bins, check out this blog post HERE

Noun-Function Sensory Bins with Seasonal Themes

Noun-Function Sensory Bins with Seasonal Themes

You know those days you’re scrambling for an engaging hands-on activity that goes along with your lesson? Rather than scouring your shelves or rushing to find a resource that requires lengthy assembly, check out my noun-function sensory bins.

Targeting noun-function is a great way to develop language skills. I like to use noun-function activities with my preschool and kindergarten students who need to build their functional vocabulary. Filling a sensory bin with your target vocabulary is a fun and engaging way to practice this skill with your students. Today, I am going to show you how to make a “Can you find it?” noun-function sensory bin to use in language therapy.

Materials You Need for the Sensory Bin

Make a noun function sensory bin to engage your students while working on language concepts in speech therapy. Check out how you can make this easy sensory bin and use for weeks!

Don’t forget to check out my previous blog post for ideas on how to add variety to your sensory bins. I talk about different sensory bin fillers, materials, etc.

How to Set Up The Sensory Bin

Once you’ve got your materials, setting up your sensory bins is quick and easy (great for those of you who have a large caseload). The first thing you want to do is select the filler that you’ll be using. I suggest saving any of the smaller objects (beans, rice) for you older students. If you’re planning a themed lesson, you’ll want to pick a filler that matches that theme. For example, for a Fall theme, using some fake leaves is always fun. Add your filler to the bin. Prepare your target noun cards by printing and cutting them out. I always like to laminate my cards or put them on cardstock to add some durability. Add a paperclip to each card if you want your students to use a magnetic wand to find the cards in your sensory bin. That’s it, your sensory bin is ready for your therapy session!

Targeting Noun-Functions With Seasonal Sensory Bins

Make a noun function sensory bin to engage your students while working on language concepts in speech therapy. Check out how you can make this easy sensory bin and use for weeks!

Targeting receptive vocabulary by having students identify pictures and categories will be quick and easy. You can have your students look for something to eat, wear, or play with. Once they go on the hunt, I like to have them label and create a sentence to explain the noun-function. This is always a great way for me to target receptive and expressive language all in one session. 

If a student is struggling with expressively explaining the function of the noun, you can provide a field of 2 or 3 pictures and have the student point to the one that you’re targeting. You can also target noun-function receptively by having your student answer yes/no questions.

I love to pair this activity with visual sentence strips. These help my students expressively share the noun-function in a complete sentence. If you need visual supports and sentence strips, grab the seasonal push-in lesson plans that have everything ready to go!

Make a noun function sensory bin to engage your students while working on language concepts in speech therapy. Check out how you can make this easy sensory bin and use for weeks!

More Language Skills to Target

These noun-function sensory bins can be used for a variety of language skills, making them a great option for mixed groups or multiple groups throughout your day. Here are some more ways you can use these bins:

  • You can easily adapt this sensory bin to also work on CORE vocabulary to make requests, comments, and the words “more,” “want,” “like,” “don’t like,” “where,” and “turn.”
  • Build depth of knowledge with nouns by having students describe them by semantic features after they find an item.
  • Use the nouns in sentences to work on grammar concepts such as plural noun markers, prepositional phrases, noun-verb agreement, or adding adjectives.
  • Create a story with some of the items to work on oral narration or articulation carryover.
Make a noun function sensory bin to engage your students while working on language concepts in speech therapy. Check out how you can make this easy sensory bin and use for weeks!

How Would You Use This Bin in Therapy?

If you’re looking for more ideas or inspiration, take a look at my Spring, Fall, and Winter themed sensory bins for language therapy.

I love using these sensory bins with my students. They’re super easy and fun! Share some ways that you like to incorporate sensory bins into your therapy in the comments!

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Ideas

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Ideas

During the month of February, creating some fun Valentine’s day sensory bin activities can make your speech therapy sessions more engaging. When coming up with a new sensory bin idea, you can look for inspiration from the books you are using, skills your students are working on or the vocabulary in the theme.

Today, I am going to show you some different Valentine’s Day sensory bins that you can use with your students. Many of the ideas can be adapted for different goals, which helps with lesson planning for mixed groups.

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Fillers

Every sensory bin should have a filler item in the bin. The filler is using a tactile material that helps bring make the materials more engaging. You can read all about sensory bin ideas HERE

Here are a list of some types of sensory bin fillers (Amazon Affiliate links included for your convenience):

How to Choose Your Sensory Bin Filler

Picture your caseload and what they may like to touch or what is best for their sensory system. For example, a lot of my younger mod-severe students cannot handle small plastic items because they would try to eat them. Or, they may try to dump out the bin, so I want easy to clean up fillers.

Sticking with affordable fillers that are easy to clean like shredded paper, foam pieces and pom pom balls would be a good choice for my students. 

For friends that need the sensory input you may want to use rice or pasta. It’s all about what your friends can handle. I stick all of my sensory bin fillers in gallon sized plastic bags and rotate with one bin. That makes it easier to store. 

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Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Material Ideas

When choosing what materials you want to put in your bin, think about all the task cards you have in your therapy rooms. Those can be put in your bin. If you need some Valentine’s Day verb cards, grab this FREE set in my TPT store

You can put mini trinkets in the plastic heart containers and work on all sorts of vocabulary, speech, grammar or wh -question goals. Here are ways that I adapt mini trinkets in my sessions. 

Put story elements from the book you are reading in the sensory bin and work on story retell. What materials do you put in your Valentine’s Day sensory bins? Share in the comments!

Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin Ideas

One of the most versatile sensory bins I have made simply had shredded paper, pom poms and foam hearts in the bin. I added visual stimulus pictures from my Any Craft Companion resource to the foam hearts with paper clips and had students use a magnetic wand to collect all the hearts. If you need more ways to use your magnetic wands with students, check out this blog post HERE

This went well with the book, “The Day it Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond. Incorporating the magnetic wand made it extra engaging for students. You can switch out stimulus items on the foam hearts easily group after group. 

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Broken Hearts Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

Have your students find the broken hearts that are in the sensory bin. Use these word association match-ups in your sensory bin from my Valentine’s Day language lesson plan guides. You can use the pictures to compare/contrast, use in grammatically correct sentences, answer wh – questions and describe by attributes.

Verbs Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin

Use the heart verb cards from my Valentine’s Day language lesson plan guides in a sensory bin. Have students pick the verb card and then use the sentence frames to discuss all the different ways you can use that verb. I also have “What is the person doing?” stimulus cards with visual answer choices. You can use them with my heart cutouts. Attach paperclips to the task cards. If the child gets a card that has a heart attached, they can keep it. Whoever has the most hearts wins. 

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What Valentine’s Day Sensory Bins Do You Love

Share your favorite bin fillers and materials to use with a sensory bin. You can also grab some FREE printables for your next Valentine’s Day sensory bin by downloading my ultimate sensory bin guide. 

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