In December, pulling out some festive activities with your speech therapy groups is fun. If your students celebrate Christmas and need mixed group holiday activities, you will love this Christmas tree craft for speech therapy. It's easy to make and can be sent home as...
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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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
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
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.