3 Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts for Speech Therapy

3 Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts for Speech Therapy

When February hits, you are tired–tired of planning and finding ways to engage your students. Am I right?

One way that I keep up engagement in my sessions is by switching things up from time to time. Crafts are one way I can do that! If you have a LOW prep craft that can be adapted for a LOT of different goals, you can keep planning simple. Today, I wanted to share three of my favorite low prep Valentine’s Day crafts!

If you haven’t checked out this blog post with some free Valentine’s Day activities, you’ll want to head there to grab my FAVE free heart craft and some other goodies. It’s my Valentine to you!

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Use these low prep Valentine’s Day crafts for your speech therapy sessions to target multiple goals. Increase engagement and cover your mixed groups with these fun Valentine’s Day crafts for your elementary caseload.

Ways to Use Valentine’s Day Crafts for Speech Therapy

Crafts can be worth the time to prep if you use them strategically in your sessions. Here are some ways you can use Valentine’s Day crafts for speech therapy to get the most bang for your buck:

  • Send them home as the homework assignment
  • Use as a bulletin board to reference every time you enter or leave the speech room as a warm-up or exit activity
  • Plan a co-teaching lesson using the craft as the activity for the day. Work on sequencing and have students initiate with staff and peers to show them their final craft products!
  • Find crafts that relate to the book you are reading or can be adapted for a LOT of different goals

 

Use these low prep Valentine’s Day crafts for your speech therapy sessions to cover a lot of different goals. Increase engagement and cover your mixed groups with these fun Valentine’s Day crafts for your elementary caseload.

How do you use crafts in speech therapy to target your students’ goals? Share in the comments!

Two Paper Plate Crafts for Valentine’s Day

Use these low prep Valentine’s Day crafts for your speech therapy sessions to cover a lot of different goals. Increase engagement and cover your mixed groups with these fun Valentine’s Day crafts for your elementary caseload.

I am a BIG fan of using paper plate crafts in therapy because it is so cost-effective, and I usually have all the supplies on hand. Here are two Valentine’s Day paper plate crafts:

Make a Love Monster with the following supplies:

paper plates

colored tissue paper

construction paper

You can write or glue your students’ speech or language targets on the back of the plate. Furthermore, students can practice following directions with prepositions and basic concepts while they create their Love Monsters. You can also use this craft to work on story retelling after reading the book, Love Monster by Rachel Bright. You can use my Any Craft Companion Set to have pictures for speech and language targets. 

Heart Friendship Wreath using the following supplies:

Paper plates

String

Colored Hearts from construction paper

This craft pairs well with a friendship-themed book or a Valentine’s Day book that talks about making something for a friend. The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond pairs well with this activity. Check out this sensory bin for the book HERE

You can have students write their speech sound targets, tier II vocabulary words, verb tenses, or love/friendship idioms on the hearts. When working on the concept of compliments or encouraging friends, you can have your students make a wreath for a friend. Have them label and discuss adjectives that describe their friends. Have them write compliments on the hearts of the peers they have in mind.

 Use these low prep Valentine’s Day crafts for your speech therapy sessions to target multiple goals. Increase engagement and cover your mixed groups with these fun Valentine’s Day crafts for your elementary caseload.

FREE Love Bug Craft for Any Speech Therapy Goal

Need a LOW prep Valentine’s Day craft that will keep little hands busy and minds engaged with their goals? Have students make this FREE Love Bug Craft with dot markers or paint, and use black markers to create a craft while you practice.

You can pull out your speech sound materials or sentence strips while working on a specific sound or pattern.

Another way to adapt this craft is to have students name items in a category or describe a noun by attributes. However many ideas they can name is how many dots they can put on their love bug. You can also do this when drawing the bug’s legs.

Use these low prep Valentine’s Day crafts for your speech therapy sessions to cover a lot of different goals. Increase engagement and cover your mixed groups with these fun Valentine’s Day crafts for your elementary caseload.

Need More Craft Ideas?

Use these low prep Valentine’s Day crafts for your speech therapy sessions to cover a lot of different goals. Increase engagement and cover your mixed groups with these fun Valentine’s Day crafts for your elementary caseload.

Want some more crafts to do this month? Check out this blog post HERE. You will also love this bubble gum and hot air balloon paper plate craft for your sessions! I hope this blog post helps you plan with a little less stress this February!

3 FREE Valentine’s Day Activities for Mixed Groups

3 FREE Valentine’s Day Activities for Mixed Groups

Planning themed therapy activities for your caseload can be kinda hard because we treat so many different goals and needs! Plus, we have limited time to plan and it feels like a rare commodity if we work for a district that actually gives us a material spending budget. So, we often have to fork out our own money to find quality speech therapy materials for our caseload. Boo!

So, today, I am hoping to help your wallet stay a little fatter and give ya some engaging Valentine’s Day activities that can cover a LOT of goals. You ready!? I know I am ready to dive in.

Easy Mixed Group Craft for Valentine’s Day

Use this Mouth Loves _____ to pieces craft to cover ANY goal on your caseload. It is super low prep. You just need to print the mouth template and grab any colored construction paper.

You can have students write words that are related to their goals. Or, if you have students glue their target pictures to the craft. In my TPT store, there is the Any Craft Companion Speech and Language Resource that has picture target words for this craft.

If you need more craft ideas to use during the month of February, check out this blog post.

 

Valentine’s Day Verbs and Vocabulary Activities

Looking for some easy to adapt Valentine’s Day activities for your mixed groups? Use these three free Valentine’s Day activities to plan themed therapy for your speech therapy sessions.

When it comes to serving our students with language goals, we want themed materials that can cover a lot of different language goals. Did you know that it takes children with language impairments up to 36 engagements with a word before they master it? That’s why it is super important for the word targets you chose. When you use a Valentine’s Day theme, you want to choose words related to the theme. Those words are more likely to appear in the Valentine’s Day books you read and the words being discussed in the classroom in February.

 

 

How to Use Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Use this free Valentine’s Day grammar and vocabulary activity set to cover the following goals on your caseload:

 

  • -Pronouns
  • -Verb tense
  • -Present Progressive Verb Marker
  • -Describing nouns by attributes
  • -Answering wh-questions about Valentine’s Day-themed nouns
  • -Building MLU

 

If you love using vocabulary words related to your favorite seasonal themes, check out these themed grammar and vocabulary activities to pair with any seasonal book for your k-2 caseload!

List of Valentine’s Day Verbs to Use in Speech Therapy

If you are needing some ideas for themed verb lists for Valentine’s Day, here are some examples in the picture. You can use the EBP strategy of conversation recasting paired with explicitly explaining the grammar rule to teach different verb markers. To learn more about the conversational recasting strategy, check out this blog post

Valentine’s Day Grammar Challenge Activity

Looking for some easy to adapt Valentine’s Day activities for your mixed groups? Use these three free Valentine’s Day activities to plan themed therapy for your speech therapy sessions.
Looking for some easy to adapt Valentine’s Day activities for your mixed groups? Use these three free Valentine’s Day activities to plan themed therapy for your speech therapy sessions.

Are you struggling with keeping your older students motivated to practice their language goals? That’s when you introduce a challenge to them and it changes everything.

Giving your students a challenge, it makes the activity about what they produce rather than what you are directing them to do in the session. So, you can search Valentine’s Day photos on Google Photos and use those with this lesson. Have students write sentences or short stories about the pictures. Give them a challenge card to have them try and include elements in their writing. After you give them some time to write sentences, you can give them points for the elements in the sentence. This allows time to discuss what the student did well with their vocabulary and grammar and how they can improve on the sentence. Grab this FREE activity HERE.

What Free Valentine’s Day Activities Have You Found Helpful for Your Students?

 Looking for some easy to adapt Valentine’s Day activities for your mixed groups? Use these three free Valentine’s Day activities to plan themed therapy for your speech therapy sessions.

Do you have a go-to Valentine’s Day activity you love to use with your students? Better yet, is it a free download? Or, something that you can access on YouTube? If you have something that your students LOVE, let me know in the comments. I am sure other SLPs would love to know what is working for your students.

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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Use these Valentine’s Day sensory bin ideas to increase engagement in your speech therapy sessions with your K-2 students. #slpsensorybin #sensorybin #sensoryplay #preschool #kindergarten #valentinesday #speechlanguagepathology #sped #speechtherapy #slpeeps #schoolslp #vocabulary #eslteacher

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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