Today I am bringing you a wonderful guest post from Lindsey, the blogger of Word Nerd Speech Teach. She talks about some great winter activities that you can do in therapy, and she even offers us a freebie at the end of the post! Thanks, Lindsey!
Hello! My name is Lindsey and I'm so excited to be a guest blogger
for Let's Talk Speech-Language Pathology! About a month ago, I
started a blog called Word Nerd Speech Teach and began making
materials to share. In my blog posts, I try to incorporate a free,
limited prep time activity that can be used for a variety of different
goal areas. In this post, I will share a few fun (and easy!) winter
activities that you can use in your speech room as well as a freebie!
Mittens, packing peanuts, a children's game, and styrofoam balls.
What do these things all have in common? Well, they are great therapy
materials and games! Allow me to present to you my winter round-up!
Winter Round-Up Activity #1: Mittens in the Snow
This is one of my favorite activities to use with my students because
it's so versatile! Start by getting a large container, then gather
some packing peanuts, and find a few mittens. Put anything you'd like
into the mittens (actual objects for younger students, artic/phonology
pictures, note cards with words to define, etc) and bury them in the
"snow" (aka, packing peanuts). Then, have students take turns
searching for a mitten! This gets kids up and moving, plus it's just
a fun winter activity! I purchased four different colors/patterns of
mittens at the dollar store so that if I have a group of students that
are all working on different goals, I can assign them a color/pattern
of mitten to find in the snow. We did this activity last year and a
few of my students actually requested it again this year, so I hope it
will be a hit with your students as well!
Winter Round-Up Activity #2: Don't Break the Ice
This may seem like an obvious choice, but I've changed up the game,
Don't Break the Ice, a bit to suit my needs as well as support
students academically. This activity is geared more for artic
sessions and/or language sessions with targets that can be rapidly
reviewed. As students knock down the ice cubes, they not only score
as many points as are on the cubes, but they also must say that many
artic words and/or go through that many language targets. We used
this game in the majority of my artic sessions last week and it
allowed for tons of repetitions without the students even really
noticing how much work they were doing! My 2nd - 6th graders also had
to add up and/or multiply their points (think addition as well as
multiplication, here!) and had to decide who had the most/least points
and who was in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and/or 4th place.
Winter Round-Up Activity #3: Snowball Fight Match-Up
You'll never look at a styrofoam ball the same again when you realize
that they are the makings of a great language snowball fight! Last
week, I used these for a synonym and antonym match-up game in an
inclusive activity that I did with a classroom teacher. Although we
had a synonym and antonym snowball fight, you could have any type of
snowball fight you'd like with pair-ups: associations, an item and its
function, present tense verbs with past tense verbs, singular nouns
with plural nouns, etc. First, pass out all of the target cards to
the students, have them spread the cards out on their desk/in their
area, and pick one student to begin. That student is given a
"snowball" and then reads the word on his/her card. Next, the person
who has the antonym match, synonym match, associated word, etc. stands
up and reads their word. If the match is correct, the "snowball" is
thrown to the person with the match and he/she reads another one of
their cards. If you're really adventurous, you could get more than
one snowball going to make it a real "fight". This activity was
really engaging for our students, so I hope your students will like it
just as much!
With the thought of this last activity in mind, I created a Winter
Match-Ups FREEBIE for you! This activity includes: 24 antonym cards,
24 synonym cards, and 24 irregular plural noun cards. Take a
Irregular plural noun and singular noun pairs
You can access this activity at my TpT store here!!
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I hope that you find these activities useful and that they save you a
little bit of time as far as planning and preparing are concerned!
Thanks for reading!