Snowman Speech Therapy Activities for Early Elementary

Snowman Speech Therapy Activities for Early Elementary

One of the best themes to plan for the month of January is snowmen. Talking about snowmen is so engaging for students! Plus, there are ton of snowman speech therapy activities you can use to cover your Prek-5th grade caseload. Today, I am going to share a round-up of snowman ideas you can use to support your student’s speech therapy goals.

Planning Tips for Using a Snowman-Theme

The most efficient way that I have found to plan by themes is to first pick a book to use with my students. Oftentimes, I will select 2-3 books within the theme to use with my caseload. This allows me to stay consistent with the theme throughout weeks, but have the flexibility to use different books in therapy when needed. Check out this blog post to get tips for selecting snowman books and how to use them in therapy.

Once you have your book selected, you can then look for extension activities to use with the snowman-themed book. For example, if I plan on using a feed the snowman activity, I will try to adapt that activity for many ages and settings. The sensory bin could be great for my small groups and my c0-teaching lessons. Check out how you can set up your push-in therapy HERE.

Need some engaging snowman speech therapy activities that you can adapt for a wide-range of ages and goals? Check out this blog post!

Toys and Tools to Use with a Snowman Theme

Need some engaging snowman speech therapy activities that you can adapt for a wide-range of ages and goals? Check out this blog post!

Having some snowman-themed toys and props can add some engagement to your sessions! Recently, I wrote a blog post on all of my favorite snowman toys that you can add to your stash. Check it out here.

When thinking about adding new toys to your therapy stash, my best advice is to look at the needs of your caseload. Would this toy be easily adapted for a lot of goals? Is it a toy that helps my students connect with the theme or story? How much use would I get out of the toy?

Those are the types of questions I ask myself before buying materials. There have been occasions when I bought something because it made me excited like these snowman pull-back sleds.

Snowman Videos to Use with Your Caseload

When you are strapped for time, using a YouTube video can be an engaging, quick lesson plan. There are lots of great snowman videos. In the snowman push-in language lesson plan guides, there is a Google Slide presentation included with all the best snowman-themed videos.

For a brain break or a way to transition into a new activity in your sessions, you can use these snowman songs! Here are two of my favorites to use in co-teaching. 

Snowman Crafts to Use in Speech Therapy

Need some engaging snowman speech therapy activities that you can adapt for a wide-range of ages and goals? Check out this blog post!

There are a lot of great simple snowman crafts you can use for your small groups and co-teaching lessons. My favorite is using a white paper bag or paper plate and creating a snowman! If you need some free visual supports for following the steps of the craft, grab them in this blog post

You can make this snowman craft with your mixed groups and have a template for speech and language goals. When you have mixed groups, it’s hard to do crafts that cover all the goals in the group. That’s why you can use one craft template and customize based on your student’s goals. 

For more winter craft ideas, check out this blog post

Snowman Cooking Ideas for Speech Therapy

For your whole class lessons, why not read a fun snowman book and then do a hands on cooking lesson! Here is a FUN marshmallow snowman cooking activity from Kristine Lamb at Live Love Speech. If you need visual recipes for your themed units, Kristine has the best set that will last all year!

Need some snowman speech therapy activities for your early elementary caseload? Check out how you can plan for your mixed groups in this blog post.

Snowman Speech Therapy Activities for Younger Students

If you are needing pre-made language lesson plans to cover your small groups and push-in services, this snowman theme language lesson plan guide, has a Google Slide presentation, parent newsletter, lesson plan cheat sheet, and over 5 small group activities to pair with any snowman book! Plus, it also has to cheat sheet instructions to give to instructional aides or teachers when running a station activity. If you want to increase engagement and have activities that target a LOT of goals, buy this resource for caseload.

It has a build the snowman file folder, snowman picture mats, snowman life cycle visuals, and a feed the snowman activity, just to name a few.

Check out all these snowman speech therapy activities that you can use to plan your small groups and whole class lessons!
Check out all these snowman speech therapy activities that you can use to plan your small groups and whole class lessons!

Digital Snowman Activities for Younger Students

When working on sequencing skills, using a build the snowman digital activity can target a lot of meaningful language within the context of the snowman theme. This build a snowman sequencing Boom Cards™ set in my TPT store helps you target tier II vocabulary, scaffold by using 3, 4, and 6 picture scenes as well have use extension activities. With the extension activities, you can cover grammar, wh-questions, following directions, and more! 

ABCYA has a great FREE interactive build a snowman game that you can use to target requesting, sequencing, describing, and building MLU.  What digital activities have you found to be helpful for your younger students? You can also set up a green screen with a winter scene from Google Photos. Then, build your snowman with this felt snowman from Amazon (affiliate links) and make sure your green screen fabric is felt or will allow Velcro to stick to it. 

What are your favorite snowman resources to use with your caseload?

Using a snowman theme can be LOTS of fun and filled with tons of opportunities to work on goals. Plus, it is a theme that you can adapt and reuse activities for 2-4 weeks. This makes therapy planning easier because you have to do it less often. If you want to hear more about using a theme longer than a week, check out this Real Talk SLP podcast episode

Let me know in the comments some of your favorite digital and printable snowman materials to use in therapy!

Have engaging snowman speech therapy activities to use in your themed therapy sessions!
Must Have Snowman Toys for Speech

Must Have Snowman Toys for Speech

When planning your snowman-themed unit, you can add some engagement by grabbing some of these must-have snowman toys for speech therapy. You definitely don’t need all the toys shared today in this post, but if you are looking to add some new snowman toy additions to your therapy stash, here are some of my faves.

Build a Snowman Toys for Speech Therapy

There is so much language you can target with sequencing tasks! Why not work on the sequencing task of building a snowman. You can definitely make your own white playdough with this recipe and grab buttons, sticks, mini hats and accessories to build a snowman. When building the snowman, you can target transition words, verb tense, vocabulary, wh-questions, summarizing, and answering wh-questions.

If you aren’t interested in making your own white playdough, there are several snowman toys for building a snowman. Here are some good snowman toy sets (Amazon affiliate links included):

Mr. and Mrs. Snowman Set with Floof modeling clay

Melting Snowman

Felt Snowman Game Set

Snowman Stacker Toy from Melissa and Doug Toys

Have some build-a-snowman toys to use in speech therapy for your snowman activity lesson plan!

Ideas for Using the Snowman Felt Game Set

With the felt snowman game set, you can work on following directions for building the snowman. Once the snowman is built, students can work on identifying colors, describing by attributes, and explaining the sequence in their own words. If you need more ideas for how to use winter sequencing tasks, check out this blog post.

You can also set this up across the speech room and do the snowman-dressing races as a reinforcer. After your students practice their targets, they can do a race to see how fast they can build the snowman. You can have them walk across a plank of wood to work on the basic concept “across.”

After you time the students, talk about who built the snowman the fastest, or slowest as well as discuss the concepts more and less time.

Snowman Toys to Use with Games

Let’s talk snowman toys that can be used as reinforcers or functional communication in speech therapy.

If you own a bowling pin set, add some snowman printables to them. Now, you have a knock the snowman down game! Use these free snowman printables for your bowling pin set. You can also use white paper cups and draw snowman faces to create bowling pins. Stack them into a pyramid and use fake snowballs to try and knock them down. 

Using ball poppers in therapy can be very engaging and motivating for students. Did you know that there is a snowman popper toy? It’s the best! There is also another version that pops the balls out of the snowman’s head. And if you have kids obsessed with Pop Its, I even found a snowman version! For SLPs that love using toys with mixed groups, using the popper toy companion cheat sheet will help you have pre-selected targets and ideas for therapy. 

To use the snowman popper for speech and language targets, tape pictures to the wall or whiteboard. Your students can try to hit the pictures and then practice their targets. If you need some snowman category images, there are a bunch in the snowman language lesson plan guides.

More Snowman Toys for Speech Therapy

You still with me? I went on a snowman toy hunt because this is a theme that I use for a whole month! It makes planning so much easier and my students benefit. Check out episode 45 of the Real Talk SLP podcast to find out why using a theme for at least two weeks can help you and your students. 

Snowman toys for speech therapy that will increase engagement in your mixed groups!

These Snowman pullback cards from Oriental Trading company can be great as a reinforcer, but they can also target some powerful CORE words. You can work on stop, go, more, again, fun, like, turn, my, you, and all done.

With your speech and language goals, you can set up mini trinkets in a row. Have students see what the snowman passes on his drive. Whatever he passes, those are the items students must practice.

You can also set up cube blocks or sugar cubes and see if your students can knock them down with the snowman cars. Work on the verbs pull, start, go, stop, hit, crash, knock, and watch.

To check out these snowman pullback cars in action, watch this REEL on @themedtherapyslp

I got a snowman plush toy on Oriental Trading company, but I think they are all sold out. Here is another version from Amazon. You can use a snowman toy to work on following directions, basic concepts, and use it with your pretend play scenes. For example, you can make hot chocolate for your snowman, or have an ice cream party with a snowman and friends. Add mini snowman erasers to any task mat or worksheet to make therapy have a hands-on component. I found the snowman erasers on Oriental Trading.

Want to Stay Inspired with Themed Therapy Ideas?

Staying creative with implementing a themed-based approach can be a little daunting at times. One minute you find yourself looking on Pinterest for a themed idea and hours later you come out with 20 different themed ideas, 10 dessert recipes to try, and your kid’s next birthday party. If you want to stay inspired with planning by themes, come join my FREE-themed therapy SLP Facebook group!

Winter Snowball Fight Speech Therapy Reinforcer

Winter Snowball Fight Speech Therapy Reinforcer

Nothing is worse than a lackluster mixed group session. Am I right or am I right? When you start to plan a winter-themed unit, you always want to include a general open-ended game or reinforcer that you can use across groups. By having one main game or activity as an incentive, you don’t have to come up with new games every week. Today, I wanted to show you how to use this winter snowball fight activity as a speech therapy reinforcer. Better yet, there are some functional goals and CORE words you can target with it too!

What You Need for the Winter Snowball Fight Speech Therapy Reinforcer

To create your winter snowball fight activity, you need a few items. Hopefully, you have some or all of the supplies, so it won’t cost you much money. Here are some materials you need (Amazon affiliate links included):

-Container to hold the snowballs

Binder clips or photo holders

Cotton balls

FREE Elf and Yeti Printables

Download your FREE Elf and Yeti Snowball Fight Printables

Have a fun winter open-ended game for speech therapy using this FREE winter snowball fight reinforcer!

How to Play the Winter Snowball Fight in Speech

Have a fun winter open-ended game for speech therapy using this FREE winter snowball fight reinforcer!

Print the elves or yeti’s on cardstock and laminate for durability. Attach each printable to a binder clip or photo holder. Students can earn “snowballs” after each turn practicing their speech or language target. You can either give them a set amount each turn or they can roll a die to see how many they collect.

Then, when all the snowballs are collected, students can have a snowball fight trying to knock down the elves or yetis. You could set up two games and have students do elves versus yetis. See which team can knock down all their players first. Have each student take a turn to throw a snowball. 

To add another variation, you can write different numbers with dry-erase markers on the back of the cards. Have some cards that have unique numbers like subtract 10 points or double your points. When a student knocks down the player card, they get to see how many points they earned. The person with the most points at the end wins the game.  

Additional Goals to Target With This Open-Ended Game

Not only can you use this as an open-ended game for any goal, you can also adapt to cover students goals with a fun, hands on play activity. 

You can work on verbs, describing the yetis and elves, and answer simple “Who” questions.

Work on CORE words, turn-taking, or making a funny snowball fight story.

Download your FREE Elf and Yeti Snowball Fight Printables

There are so many fun ways to use this free winter snowball fight speech therapy reinforcer activity. Check it out on the blog!

How would you use this snowball fight to cover goals for your students on your caseload? Share in the comments your therapy ideas!

If you need a winter themed version of this, check out the winter language lesson plan guides for printables. 

Easy Ways to Adapt This Activity With Other Task Cards

If you have other printables, add them to the binder clips and have a snowball fight the last five minutes of the session. With your students working on speech sound disorder goals, put their target word flashcards on binder clips and knock them down. Whatever card falls, that’s the one they need to practice. See the winter sensory bin companion for some winter-themed printables to do this in your therapy sessions. 

Blog Post with MORE Winter-Themed Therapy Ideas

When planning by themes, it can get a bit overwhelming searching for activities you need. Fortunately for you, I have a LOT of blog posts about winter.

This is one of my fave seasons to use because there is so much theme smashing you can do between clothing, weather, transportation, and activities.

Check out these blog posts:

Ideas for Winter Crafts to Use in Speech

Winter Sequencing Short Stories for Speech Therapy

Winter Activities for Speech Therapy

Real Talk SLP Podcasts:

5 Winter-Themed Books for Mod-Severe Caseloads

Winter YouTube Videos for Older Students

 

Have a fun winter open-ended game for speech therapy using this FREE winter snowball fight reinforcer!
Winter Sequencing Short Stories for Speech Therapy!

Winter Sequencing Short Stories for Speech Therapy!

When it comes to planning with a themed-based approach it can be time-consuming to find enough activities to cover all the language goals. That’s why using sequencing short stories can help you cover comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, inferencing, and narrative skills in one material. Today, I will be sharing some different winter sequencing short story activities you can use to cover your caseload. Hopefully, these ideas will help you increase exposure to winter-themed vocabulary and hit a lot of other language goals!

Research Discussing Story Comprehension and Sequencing

Ideas for winter seuqencing short stories to help you cover grammar, vocabulary, inferencing and comprehension in language therapy.

We want to know the best techniques and strategies to help a child understand a story. Are they comprehending what is being read to them?Event knowledge is an important part of story comprehension because it involves layers of language components such as vocabulary, grammar, working memory, inference, and background knowledge.

In this study, the researchers measured the preschooler’s event knowledge to see which measures were related to comprehension. They found that reenacting the story with props and telling the story in their own words was most beneficial. They found that sequencing the story did not have a high correlation with improved comprehension skills.

So, this tells us that when using short stories we need to embed story reenactment and tell the story in their own words. That doesn’t mean we can’t use sequencing pictures as a visual cue or embed practice with using transition words. It just tells us that using story sequencing in isolation isn’t going to give us the BIG impact we want with improved comprehension.

Plus, creating short stories with winter sequencing tasks can also be easy to create a reenactment of the story. For example, if you use a short story about building a snowman (Get Epic has some good ones) you can then have students reenact the story while making a playdough snowman.

 

Dempsey, L. (2021). Examining the validity of three methods of measuring pre-readers’ knowledge of storybook events. Child Language Teaching and Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0265659021995545 

Winter Sequencing Short Stories

Use winter sequencing short stories to target vocabulary, comprehension, grammar and narrative skills in speech therapy.

What winter activities do your students have the opportunity to do? Pick a sequencing task that your students can relate like dressing for colder weather. Many students have experienced colder weather, so this sequencing task is familiar. And, if they live in a warmer climate, you can show them books or videos of what it’s like in these climates. By picking a sequencing task that they do in their daily life, your students have a context in which to learn the new vocabulary. Plus when a parent asks them to go get dressed for the snow, they will better understand the directions and vocabulary!

Once you pick your sequencing task, you can create a short story to go along with it. For example, you can create a short story using a YouTube video of children dressing for snow or use the winter sequencing short story set in my store.

 

Make a Sequencing Short Story with Real Photos

If you are able to take pictures of yourself or your students doing the winter sequencing activity, you can turn that into a short story. To make your short story, you can upload the images to a Google Slide or use one of these story creator apps. For example, you can make hot chocolate with your students during a small or whole class lesson. Take pictures of your students doing each step. Then, create a short story based on their language levels and use that for comprehension, retell, and vocabulary.

Hot Chocolate Sequencing Short Stories

Making hot chocolate can make for a great winter sequencing short story idea. There are easy ways to provide reenactment of the story using pretend play or sensory bins.

Plus, you can even make real hot chocolate while also talking about what happened in the short story. After making hot chocolate, students can tell what happened in their own words.

If you struggle with writing a hot chocolate short story, there are 3 and 4 picture sequencing short stories in this winter set.

The four picture sequencing short story has a more in-depth story and provides pictures to help cue students that need visuals.

Here are some short story ideas you can create using making hot chocolate:

-Mom making hot chocolate for kids after playing in the snow.

-Snuggling up on the couch to read books with a cup of hot chocolate.

-Making hot chocolate for a friend on a play date.

-Selling hot chocolate at an event.

-Spilling hot chocolate or making a mess in the kitchen.

To reenact a hot chocolate short story, you can use a sensory bin or kitchen items to pretend. See the pictures below for examples.

More Winter Sequencing Task Ideas to Create Short Stories

Make your own winter sequencing short stories to target a variety of language goals to improve comprehension while also building language, grammar, inferencing and background knowledge.

If you are trying to think of other winter sequencing tasks you can use to make short stories, here are some ideas:

 

  • Building a snowman
  • Getting ready for a snowball fight
  • Shoveling snow in the driveway
  • Building a fire in the fireplace
  • Hanging up your wet clothes after playing in the snow
  • Sledding, skiing down a slope, or snowboarding
  • Going ice fishing
  • Having an ice skating birthday party
  • Going snowshoeing
  • Scraping snow off your car to go to work/school
  • Walking home in the snow
  • Getting a Christmas Tree
  • Lighting a Menorah
  • Planning a New Year’s party
  • Wrapping a present
  • Baking cookies

Snow Day Short Stories for Speech Therapy

If you struggle with creating 4-5 word short stories, I have a set of Snow Day Short Stories that are NO PREP! This resource also includes leveled worksheets, so that you can use the same story with students at different language and comprehension levels. You can snag this resource HERE or click the images above.

Digital Sequencing Materials to Build Language

If you are needing more digital sequencing activities that have a focus on teaching tier II vocabulary and have extension activities, check out these sequencing Boom Cards™. There are sequencing activity sets for a winter theme. You can work on wrapping a present, building a snowman, baking cookies, or making hot chocolate. You can also grab a winter sequencing set for getting dressed for the snow and a snowball fight HERE.

Use winter sequencing tasks to build vocabulary, grammar and comprehension in speech therapy

What resources and materials do you use for winter short stories? I would love to know of any apps, books, or websites that have winter themed short stories. Share in the comments!

Winter Activities for Speech Therapy

Winter Activities for Speech Therapy

An easy and versatile theme to use for December-January is a winter theme! A winter theme is relevant to many of your student’s experiences especially if they live in an area where the weather changes. For all you Florida SLPs, you can still use a winter theme to build background knowledge about other parts of the world that do have cold, snowy weather. This will help them when making inferences from texts, watching movies, or when they see commercials about winter. Today, I am going to share a round-up of some of my favorite winter-themed activities so that you can plan your sessions stress-free. If there is one thing I can recommend when implementing a themed-based approach, is to use a theme longer than a week! Check out this Real Talk SLP podcast episode where I share why it can help both you and the students on your caseload. 

Winter-Themed Books for Speech Therapy

When I plan a themed unit that I want to adapt for my elementary caseload, I select books based on the age groups or interest levels. Listed below are some of my favorite winter-themed books to use in therapy (Amazon affiliate links included):

Prek-1st – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Just a Snowman by Mercer Mayer, and Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee

2nd-3rd – The Mitten by Jan Brett, The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett, and Snow Day by Lester L. Laminack

4th-5th- Immi’s Gift by Karin Littlewood, Lemonade for Winter by Emily Jenkins, and The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Winter activities for speech therapy that you can use to plan for your Prek-5th grade caseload.

Videos for a Winter-Themed Unit

Winter activities for speech therapy that you can use to cover mixed groups!

When it comes to using videos for your winter-themed unit, you will always find stuff on YouTube. This blog post has all the best winter-themed songs, book read alouds, wordless shorts, etc. to with your winter activities. Check it out HERE (There is a free Google Slides with all the videos organized for you.)

Two of my favorite types of videos to use during winter season are America’s Funniest Home Videos and Simon’s Cat. This blog post links a couple of the winter funniest home videos. All the best Simon’s Cat videos are organized on that free Google Slide!

Because so many of our kids watch YouTube, using videos in therapy is really motivating for them. Plus, there are lots of winter non-fiction type videos that you can use to teach vocabulary, grammar, main idea, and comprehension. 

Winter Sensory Bins for Speech

The perfect addition to your winter activities for speech therapy are winter sensory bins! They can increase engagement and participation with goals.

Winter sensory bins can be great to pair with a winter-themed book as an extension activity. You can make a bin that is like a story retell bin such as with the book, “The Mitten.” You can check out the sensory bin that goes with that book in this blog post.

The main things you need for a great winter sensory bin is a snow filler such as fake snow, white Pom Pom balls, cotton balls, salt, sugar, or shredded white paper (Amazon affiliate links included for your convenience.)

Add in vocabulary printables to play “Can you find it?” to work on inferencing and receptive categories. Fill your bins with winter figurines such as penguins, or woodland animals preparing for winter. Check out the winter sensory bins below that are in my TPT store. You can find the winter sensory bin companion HERE and the “Can you Find it?” with winter vocabulary in my push-in unit.

Needing winter activities for speech therapy that are engaging? Try winter sensory bins to work on goals in mixed groups.
Needing winter activities for speech therapy that are engaging? Try winter sensory bins to work on goals in mixed groups.

Winter Activities for Speech Therapy Small Groups and Whole Class

When it comes to planning themed units, you want to use activities that are versatile for your whole class lessons and your small groups. It can be a lot of work to plan, so that’s why I created themed push-in units for SLPs that cover a wide range of skills and activities that can be used in both settings. Plus, this resource has lesson plan ideas, a parent newsletter, book recommendations, and cheat sheets to help you plan more efficiently. Watch this IG Reel to see how engaging your sessions can go!

If you are wanting winter activities ready to go like winter vocabulary BINGO, winter vocabulary sentence bin, winter verb playdough mats, and easy to prep crafts, then check this resource out HERE

Winter activities for your co-teaching sessions that will help you plan whole class lessons without the stress!

When implementing a winter theme it is great to have real photos of activities that happen during the season. This provides a context with which to associate vocabulary words and experiences. When we teach our student’s word associations related to winter, it helps build a depth of knowledge with those words. You can find free pictures on Pixabay and Unsplash. Type in winter activities, snowball fights, skiing, etc. to find photos. Not only can you work on winter vocabulary, you can also target social inferencing and perspective-taking. Plus, you can also use the photos to make predictions and problem-solve situations. If you need 20 real photos ready with inferencing questions and visual supports, check out this winter pictures inference task cards

Open-Ended Winter Activity Ideas 

One easy way to keep mixed groups engaged is to have a fun winter game ready to use throughout the session or as an incentive for the last five minutes. Print up kids dressed in winter clothing and attach to binder clips, or photo holders. Bring in cotton balls and have students earn “snowballs” to try to knock down the kids. If you need pictures for this game, these are included in the winter-themed language lesson plan guides. For ideas on how to increase trials with speech sound disorders, this blog post has winter ideas!

Have winter activities that are open-ended so you can reinforce any goal in speech therapy

What Types of Winter Activities Do You Love to Plan for Therapy?

What types of winter activities do you love to plan for your students? It’s always great to hear what other SLPs are doing to help support students’ language, especially when implementing a themed-based approach. Do you have a certain winter book you love to use? A favorite website that has winter vocabulary? Let me know in the comments if you find any cool winter materials or easy winter therapy ideas that you used year after year in the comments. 

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