Sunday, November 15, 2015

4 Great Thanksgiving Speech Therapy Activities You Won't Want to Miss!

This week's themes are Thanksgiving and Turkeys of course!

Gobble, Gobble! I have are some fun Thanksgiving activities for your therapy room this week at Speech Sprouts.

1. Five Little Turkeys

First up  for the Pre-k to first grade crowd are Five Little Turkeys
This pack has lots of hands-on activities for language.

We read the flipbook, and the turkeys disappear one by one... there is something very satisfying about pulling off velcroed pieces. I haven't met a kid who doesn't love it.

Five Little Turkeys Flipbook and Language Activities
One flew away, then there were four!

Preposition Practice

My kids loved finding the 10 turkeys on the page. You can use bingo chips (or dot markers for the BW version) but we had fun with these glass "stones." I really liked how the kids could see the turkeys through them, and it magnified them a bit. My little guys were impressed that the turkeys "grew" when they put a stone on them.

Bet you can grab some from the dollar store. These are about 1". The smaller ones are terrific for Bingo games too. (Kim from Activity Tailor gave me that inspired idea!) Three different pages target behind/in front, in/out and between/beside.

Five Little Turkeys Flipbook and Language Activities
Where is Mr Turkey?

Interactive Worksheets

Cut and paste the pictures for learning syntax, vocabulary and matching. There are articulation cards, a mini-book, dough mats and dot marker pages too.

Five Little Turkeys Flipbook and Language Activities www.speechsptoutstherapy.comFive Little Turkeys Flipbook and Language Activities

My kids like using the dot pages as a "smash mat". 

Give them a small ball of playdough  for each correct answer. They love to "smash" them on each circle!

 Five Little Turkeys Flipbook and Language Activities
Use Bingo chips or with playdough for a "Smash Mat!

2. Thanksgiving Pronouns, Plurals and Verbs

Use these activities as a craftivity or game.  I like to use the game with PK-first grade. I tape Mr. Turkey to a cup, and the kids take turns picking a feather. There are feathers for irregular plurals, irregular verbs and pronouns too. See who can collect the most feathers by the end of the game! Click here to see more of Thanksgiving Pronouns Plurals and Verbs.

Thanksgiving Pronouns, Plurals and Verbs: Game and Craftivity www.speechsproutstherapy.comThanksgiving Pronouns, Plurals and Verbs: Game and Craftivity

I like to do the craftivity with first and second graders. It makes a great sequencing and following directions activity as well. Find the wattle, color it red.

Thanksgiving Pronouns, Plurals and Verbs: Game and Craftivity
Mr Turkey craftivity is great for older kids.

3. Winner, Winner Turkey Dinner: Analogies, Antonyms and Synonyms and Categories too.

Need something for your older students? Try Winner, Winner Turkey Dinner. Collect all the dinner food on your dinner table card to win.

Winner Winner Turkey Dinner

4. Thanksgiving Bingo Riddles are great! 

Need something for a large group? Thanksgiving Bingo Riddles really help me get some push-in therapy or HINT! make-up therapy done, and the kids really love it.  The kids solve the rhyming riddles to play. Targets vocabulary, listening, naming to a description and inference as well as rhyme.

Thanksgiving Bingo Riddles
Thanksgiving Bingo Riddles

My Pre-K kids love Bingo Riddles just as much as my fourth graders, so I can do mixed groups. With little ones, I will pre-teach the vocabulary, or use the pictures on the cue cards to help them. You can have you older kiddos identify the rhyming words, and then try their hand at creating their own riddles after the game.

Hope you have a terrific turkey week! 

For more Thanksgiving ideas, stop by my Thanksgiving Pinterest board.  If you use any of these activities in your therapy room or classroom, I would love to hear about it.

I will be hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for my family  next week. I am hoping my son and sweet bride (just married a week ago!) will be able to make it. How about you? Throwing the party is great incentive to get my house in order, Got to say... that's kinda been on the back burner lately, if you know what I mean!  So time to get busy. Hubby does the turkey every year, that helps.

Have a fantastic holiday with your loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!

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