Friday, December 30, 2016

Snowman in a Snowstorm- An Easy Winter Craft for Speech Therapy


Try this frosty snowman craft this January 

There are so many vocabulary and language opportunities during art activities... and I am wishing for a little snow this winter!

 Make a Snowman in a Snowstorm: Easy Winter Craft for January- Recycle your leftover lamination to make these cute snowmen! www.speechsproutstherapy.com
Recycle leftover lamination to create these cute snowmen!

I know many of my friends have been digging out after snowstorms dropped plenty of the white stuff...up to four foot drifts in some places.  But here in North Texas it's been a very warm December. We had a balmy Christmas and even a couple of 80 degree days. That's just wrong, even for Texas. I miss snow angels and catching snowflakes on my tongue. So we'll be making it snow in my therapy room the first week of January.

These cute snowmen will be the jumping off point for talking about the winter season.


You'll Target: Describing, seasonal vocabulary. How does it feel outside when it snows?  What are some of the things you can do in the snow? What do you wear when it's cold?

I have a question about that for you all. Growing up in the Catskill mountains in New York, we wore "ski hats" on our heads to stay warm. My Texas buddies call those "toboggans".  Our toboggan was a long curved sled that went flying down the hill (Fun childhood memories for me). So what do you call those knitted hats?

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Make a Snowman in a Snowstorm: Easy Winter Craft for January- Recycle your leftover lamination to make cute snowmen! www.speechsproutstherapy.com


Do you ever wonder how to use leftover lamination pieces?

I know when I laminate at school, there is always about a foot of unused lamination in the beginning of the run. I save those pieces for this project. It makes a great overlay to paint your snowflakes on. Layer it over a snowman or snow scene and it gives a nice dimensional effect. You can also put a one-foot square piece under each shoe and go "ice skating" on the carpet!

You'll Target: Categories, describing. Examine the laminate. Is it clear or solid? What else is clear? What is it made of? Name some other items made from plastic.

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Snowmen in a snowstorm paintings. Brrr...

You will need just a few easy-to-find supplies for this project. Gather blue, orange green and black construction paper, scissors, white tempera paint, q-tips, a paintbrush and lamination pieces.

Make a Snowman in a Snowstorm: Easy Winter Craft for January- Recycle your leftover lamination to make cute snowmen! www.speechsproutstherapy.com


Prep the construction paper parts: 

Use a hole punch to create pebbles for your snowman's mouth. Older children will love doing this task themselves. Cut out larger circles for your snowman's eyes.

For my preschoolers, I pre-cut the scarves from construction paper in several colors so they can choose. Older students can trace and cut out their own if you make a template. Cut out orange triangles for the carrot nose.

You'll Target: Requesting and using descriptive color words: I need a blue scarf, I want an orange scarf. Size vocabulary: large and small circles. 


Paint your snowman 

I use dark blue paper. It provides a nice contrast to the white snowman and is also perfect to go with my favorite winter book: Snowmen at Night by Carolyn Buehner. Add dots of glue to the wet paint to put on the "pebbles" for the mouth, then add the eyes and a carrot nose. 

I have my children ask for each part to work on requesting. What do you need? How many black dots?


Dot the "snow" on the laminate.

Give your students white paint and a q-tip, and let them dot away!

You'll Target: Position and quantity vocabulary. Are you working on the top or the bottom? Do you have a few or many? Who has the most dots?  The least?

Frame your art.

After letting all the paint dry, we make a simple construction paper frame. You can cut strips for this. Lay the laminate on the snowman, then the frame on top. Talk about top and bottom. Staple to secure it. Done!


You'll Target: Sequence vocabulary, retelling,  irregular plural: snowman/snowmen. Tell how you made your snowman. What did you do first, then, last? Are the snowmen all the same? How are they different?

Make a Snowman in a Snowstorm: Easy Winter Craft for January- Recycle your leftover lamination to make cute snowmen! www.speechsproutstherapy.com


It's Snowing!

Hang up these creations, and it will be snowing even if you are down south like me. 


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A New Winter Freebie for You

FREE Winter Speech and Language Activity- Who Has a Scarf? S-Blend articulation practice and Who? questions too. www.speechsproutstherapy.com
FREE Who Has a Scarf? Winter Activity

This cute freebie is just a little thank you for a wonderful year in 2016. I can't wait to see what 2017 brings! I hope it's full of learning, adventures, laughter and love for all of you.

This activity is wonderful for practicing that tricky initial /sk/ blend. Children answer "Who has a scarf?" or "Who does not have a scarf?" Of course you can target asking and answering who questions and has/have too.

 Mix up the fun by laminating the mat and using with dry erase markers, as a smash mat with dough, or with bingo chips. There is also a BW mat included you can color yourself.  Pair the mat with the writing page to use in centers or work on literacy skills in therapy.

Stop by Speech Sprouts store to download. Please leave me some sweet feedback when you do. I love reading your comments, I read every one!

Click HERE to find Who Has a Scarf?


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Need more winter speech and language activities? 


Here are more activities available in my store you may like:

Now it's time for a little hot chocolate.

Stay cozy my friends! Until next time.



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Surviving the Speech Therapy Holiday Season: How to use No-Print Activities

Are you super busy during the holidays and have no time to prep for your speech therapy sessions?


Learn how to use No-Print Activities in speech therapy on your I-Pad or computer! Portable and no-prep materials that make organization easy. Terrific with toddlers, preschool and autism students. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #noprint www.speechsproutstherapy.com
No-Print Christmas Following Directions

The holiday season always seems to be a giant time crunch for me ...and that means precious little time for prepping great activities to use in speech therapy.

Right now I have 15 ARDS (That's what we call IEP meetings in Texas) and 6 assessments due within the month. I know many of you probably have even more.  With no time to prep, a great solution is using No-Print activities on your ipad, tablet, computer or whiteboard. They are ready to go, and require no printing, laminating or cutting. If you like using apps, I bet you will love No-Print activities too.

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What are No-Print activities? 

No-Print activities are usually PDF files that can be opened on your tablet or your computer, and used with a mouse. Some are PowerPoint files, but today we will be mainly talking about PDF files.

There are many No-Print Activities available on Teacher's pay Teachers. You can see Speech Sprouts No-Print activities HERE.

Learn how to use No-Print Activities in speech therapy on your I-Pad or computer like this The Mitten Book Companion for winter. Portable and no-prep materials that make organization easy. Terrific with toddlers, preschool and autism students. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #noprint #winter www.speechsproutstherapy.com
The Mitten Book Companion


Touch or click the correct answer.

We all use cards in speech therapy to adress a multitude of goals. The advantage of a No-Print activity is that it is all stored digitally!

Better yet, No-Print activities are interactive. When the correct answer is touched or clicked, the picture advances to another slide. Sometimes it's the next question, or it might be feedback or a motivational game as in Christmas Following Directions. Fun!

Learn how to use No-Print Activities in speech therapy on your I-Pad or computer like this Christmas Following Directions activity. Portable and no-prep materials that make organization easy. Terrific with toddlers, preschool and autism students. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #noprint #christmas www.speechsproutstherapy.com
No-Print Christmas Following Directions
The No-Print format saves you ink and requires no prep other than downloading and opening the file. Win-win when time is at a premium, and it makes for an activity that is really portable too. This is great if you are a traveling therapist or do in-class therapy.


Using a No-Print Activity on Your Computer

First, if your file is a zipped file, you need to unzip it before using it. You will see a folder with a zipper on it. On my Windows computer I just right click and choose EXTRACT ALL. 

Learn how to use No-Print Activities in speech therapy on your I-Pad or computer like this Wheels on the Bus Back to School activity. Portable and no-prep materials that make organization easy. Terrific with toddlers, preschool and autism students. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #noprint www.speechsproutstherapy.com
Wheels on The Bus No-Print Interactive Story
If you are using a No-Print activity on your computer, you will need to be sure you have a program to open that file type. For activities that are in PowerPoint format, you will need PowerPoint on your computer.

For PDF files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free download from Adobe.

To use a PDF, open it then click:
VIEW
PAGE DISPLAY
SINGLE PAGE VIEW.

If you don't do this step, the file may skip two pages at a time when you use it.


My favorite way to use No-Print activities is with a touchscreen- my iPad or whiteboard. 


Learn how to use No-Print Activities in speech therapy on your I-Pad or computer like this Christmas Following Directions activity. Portable and no-prep materials that make organization easy. Terrific with toddlers, preschool and autism students. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #noprint www.speechsproutstherapy.com
No-Print Christmas Following Directions
If you are lucky enough to have an interactive whiteboard like I do, simply open the No-Print file on your computer, and project to your whiteboard. You now have a jumbo-sized interactive activity that is sure to engage your students.

Using a No-Print Activity on Your iPad

Learn how to use No-Print Activities in speech therapy on your I-Pad or computer like this Wheels on the Bus Back to School activity. Portable and no-prep materials that make organization easy. Terrific with toddlers, preschool and autism students. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #noprint www.speechsproutstherapy.com
A PDF activity can be used on any tablet and it's a super-portable, easy way to use the activity.  I'm going to show you how to set up your activity on the iPad, since that is what I use. 

We are going to save it to iBooks for best results. You can also open it in the Adobe Reader App on your tablet, but Adobe Reader scrolls top to bottom. iBooks will scroll left to right like a book.

The first thing to do is to email the file to yourself, or you can put it in Dropbox or Google Drive. Open the file on your iPad.

From there, you will click the box with the arrow. Click: Open In... then choose iBooks.

Now you will have the file stored on your iPad and ready to go in iBooks. Oops! Looks like I have saved them to my iPad more than once! 

How To Use NO-Print Activities in Speech Therapy www.speechsproutstherapy.com

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No-Print Packs at Speech Sprouts

This week we have been using No-Print Christmas Following Directions. You can see this activity in action on my Facebook Page Video HERE.

Learn how to use No-Print Activities in speech therapy on your I-Pad or computer like this Christmas Following Directions activity. Portable and no-prep materials that make organization easy. Terrific with toddlers, preschool and autism students. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #noprint www.speechsproutstherapy.com
No-Print Christmas Following Directions

You'll target following directions with 1-3 details: color, size and object. It is a great auditory comprehension activity and is perfect for Christmas vocabulary too.

Pre-checks are provided for vocabulary, color and size.

You can work on 1-step directions with these pages. Identify colors, small, medium and large and name the Christmas vocabulary.


Learn how to use No-Print Activities in speech therapy on your I-Pad or computer like this Christmas Following Directions activity. Portable and no-prep materials that make organization easy. Terrific with toddlers, preschool and autism students. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #noprint www.speechsproutstherapy.com
No-Print Christmas Following Directions

Next, click the box you choose on the menu page- it will advance to that activity. 


Learn how to use No-Print Activities in speech therapy on your I-Pad or computer like this Christmas Following Directions activity. Portable and no-prep materials that make organization easy. Terrific with toddlers, preschool and autism students. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #noprint www.speechsproutstherapy.com
No-Print Christmas Following Directions

Children will touch the answer to advance each slide. 

See that tiny Christmas tree under the gingerbread man? Shhh, don't tell your students, but that is your clue that they are about to be "transported" to decorate the Christmas tree shown above. What did you just add to the tree? My kids get excited to see what is next on the tree. It's just for fun, but is a good visual memory activity too.

 Here's a peek at my other No-Print Packs at Speech Sprouts:

The Mitten Book Companion provides both No-Print and Printable cards- choose your format.
Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Where Can You Be? is a No-Print Activity with additional printable activities in the pack.
No-Print Wheels On The Bus Interactive Story is available as a stand-alone activity, or in my: 
Wheels on the Bus Interactive Speech and Language Activities. which also  includes a busload of fun printables for speech and language.






Learn how to use No-Print Activities in speech therapy on your I-Pad or computer like this Wheels on the Bus Back to School activity. Portable and no-prep materials that make organization easy. Terrific with toddlers, preschool and autism students. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #noprint www.speechsproutstherapy.com
NO-Print Wheels on The Bus 

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More No-Print activities

Check out these great packs from a few of my SLP buddies over at Teachers pay Teachers!

No-Prep Categories by Susan Berkowitz
Artic Pop! No Print by Panda Speech
Snowball Fight Game- No-Print by Speech Therapy Fun with Jennifer Bradley
How I Became a Pirate by TLC Talk Shop
Winter Sports Games by Gold Country SLP
No Print Articulation Bundle by AGB Speech Therapy.

How To Use NO-Print Activities in Speech Therapy www.speechsproutstherapy.com

What Do You Think?

Do you like the idea of No-Print, or prefer the tried and true printable activities? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time, enjoy the season!