Monday, July 18, 2016

Articulation Ideas: Playtime for S-Clusters- Review and Giveaway

I can always count on having children with s-cluster goals in speech therapy.

Preschoolers and kindergarteners are cuddly, cute and very wiggly- they need hands-on activities! So I am ever on the lookout for fresh ideas and activities to keep those little ones engaged.

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Spoon drop s-blend activity

Enter S-Blend Playtime! Activities for S-Clusters, a new resource by Kim from Activity Tailor. What I love about this pack is that it is chock full of great ideas to get kids up, moving, digging, sliding, opening and exploring as they practice those s-blends.

S-Blend Playtime Activities includes creative ways to use stuffed animals, toy planes, miniatures, play dough, shaving cream, blocks, and stickers. You could easily fill up to 8 sessions per blend, which would carry you through at least 2 cycles with little to no planning and prep required! I love that.


Included are ideas for play activities, games, recipes (make some slime!) and tabletop activities for seven blends: SK, ST, SP, SL, SM, SN, and SW.  

For each blend, there is a printable tabletop activity, from coloring ice cream scoops (/sk/) to adding smiles on fun faces (/sm/). There is a listening list for auditory bombardment in therapy, 6 play activities, a movement activity and a send-home parent note with instructions and pacing boards with a list for parents to read, and pictures for children to name.

The play activities use items you probably already have in your therapy room, cutting down on expenses. I don't know about you, but materials usually come out of my own pocket, so that really helps!

I think one of my favorite ideas is making scary/ not scary boxes. 

Most of my preschoolers are fascinated by anything a bit creepy. I happen to have scorpions, snakes. beetles and spiders in my bug collection- perfect! Maybe a skeleton would work also, hmm.

I think I need to make some slime too. Slippery slime slides slowly. Oooh, this will be fun!

Click HERE to see the details in Activity Tailor's store.



These activities would fit right in with my intensive preschool program.

I do centers and hands-on activities for my littles to fill two-hour sessions. Read more about this service delivery model and what's included here:  Intensive Service Delivery Model for Preschool Speech Therapy.

Would You Like to Win a Copy?

Leave a comment with your favorite activity for s-blends, and I will pick a winner at random!
I will pick a winner at 12 am EST on July 25th. The winner will be announced here and on my Facebook page, so check back!

Good luck, I can't wait to see your ideas!

Update 7-25-16, We have a winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared ideas. A winner has been chosen by a random number picker: Lisa Filion! Congratulations Lisa, please email me at speechsproutstherapy@gmail.com  and I will send your copy of S-Blend Playtime! Activities for S-Clusters. A special thank you to Kim from Activity Tailor for providing a free copy.

37 comments:

  1. Hi Lisette! The S-blends playtime activity pack looks great. Please enter me for a chance to win. One of my favorite s-blends activities is playing "I Spy...." and place little objects around the room. Thanks, Heather

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    1. I love "I Spy" too Heather. It definitely needs to be on everyone's list!

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  2. I took this idea from one of Jenna Rayburn's posts but I love using the camping theme. I use a fake fire log toy and pretend to roast marshmallows and make smores. The student must produce their "sblend" sounds before they can make the smore.

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    1. Perfect activity for this time of year Annie, thanks!

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  3. I spy is perfect, and with an older kiddo, I use 's blend" dice decks. They roll the dice, have to say the word on the card for that number, and can make a silly sentence in order to do a motivating activity (either playing a game to see who wins, playing a quick game of basketball, etc).

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    1. I love the simplicity of needing just one dice and stimulus cards! Thanks Jessica!

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  4. This is perfect!! I of course love Cariboo with s blend cards:)

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    1. Cariboo is so much fun! I looked in vain for one for 2 years, then asked my PTO organization to put it on their online "wish list". A couple months later, a lovely parent was cleaning out a closet and voila! I am now the proud owner of a Cariboo too :) If you haven't found one yet folks, ask you parents to keep their eyes peeled for one!

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  5. This looks great! I'm always looking for new s-blend activities. I love incorporating crafts, such as making snails, snow globes, spiders, spaghetti, swimming pools, etc.

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    1. We speak the same language Ashley! How do you make the swimming pool though?

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  6. I have a toys snake that "slithers" when you balance it just right. I like to have the kids make the snake slither on to s-blend artic cards to practice words and sentences. (ex: The snake is on the school. The snake slithered to the stop sign., etc.)

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    1. oops, that should say "toy," not "toys!"

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    2. I have a snake like that too Meagan. My little ones will jump away from it, but the are fascinated. Great idea for capturing their attention!

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  7. I like doing a pretend picnic and talking about all the different "snacks!"

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  8. Any winter craftivity with lots of snow, skis, sleds, and scarves!

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    1. Winter definitely gets an s-blend boost, thanks Caroline!

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  9. We play "hide the cards" but turn it into "I spy". The students and I take turns hiding practice cards around the room (at least part of the card must be visible). Then the students use "I spy" glasses (using papertowel tubes) to find the hidden cards. They will then use the sentence starter I spy... to tell about the cards they found.

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    1. Fun! I love the element of adding the "spy" glasses.

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  10. One of my favorites, is to draw large spiders on a large piece of roll paper (15 feet or so and then place s-blend word/picture cards on top of each spider. Students then use the (clean) swatters to kill the spider and capture the card. ( after saying the word/phrase/sentence correctly)

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  11. One of my favorite s-blend activities is playing Roll-a-Blend. Students use a die to roll a number. I use a list of s-blends or s-blend artic cards (depending on the age of the student). I have an activity for each number on the die (i.e., say your s-blend word 5 times, or say your s-blend word in a silly sentence - depending on the level of hierarchy the student is at). I've also used "I Spy"---that one is a fun one for all students, but esp. my preschool through 1st/2nd grade kids.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Briana. This activity could be perfect for mixed groups too!

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  12. I like to use yarn to make spaghetti to practice 'sp' blends. We cut pieces of yarn for the pasta and practice our words as we put each pasta noodle on a paper plate. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you

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  13. I am just beginning my career as a SLPA. I don't know the ages of the children or what materials are available where I will be working. This looks like a great resource to have on hand.

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    1. Congrats on your new career Linda! Let me know if I can point you in the direction of any resources once you get started, and be sure to check back on the 25th, when I announce the winner on this post. Good luck!

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  14. My go-tos for artic therapy are bingo dabbers with worksheets, Cariboo and chipper chat. Working with minimal pairs really helps too. I remember doing a witch's cauldron activity once where we put in s-blend cards and items to make a scary soup! Also spinning toys are a nice break between other activities to elicit "spin" and "stop."

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    1. Andrea I have spinning tops that stack. I will have to pull them back out this year, thanks for the reminder!

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  15. I like using "Splat the Cat"
    books for blends. These are funny books that the kids all loves with lots of blend practice rolled in!

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  16. My preschool students love snake activities. We make play dough snakes and use them for pretend play. Another fun activity is to use glitter glue to make sparkling stars in the sky on paper.

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  17. My preschool students love snake activities. We make play dough snakes and use them for pretend play. Another fun activity is to use glitter glue to make sparkling stars in the sky on paper.

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  18. My preschool students love snake activities. We make play dough snakes and use them for pretend play. Another fun activity is to use glitter glue to make sparkling stars in the sky on paper.

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  19. My kids love hiding a paper shaped spoon under 1 of 4 plates and then we take turns finding the spoon using the /sp/ blend. So simple, but they think it's great!

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  20. For /s/ blends, I like reading books with the kiddos like "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" and playing cariboo!

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  21. This sounds great, I'd love one! To target s blends, I love to turn the lights lower and search for bugs to "swat". I take a good old fly swatter, tape pictures (eg, spider snail scorpion slug) around the room. Between the s blend bugs and all of that swatting you can get lots of trials!

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    1. Perfect, Melissa! Kids love using a flyswatter.

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