Sunday, December 9, 2018

15 Last-Minute Speech Therapy Games and Ideas for a No-Prep Christmas

A cookie cutter christmas tree activity with green play dough and colorful pony beads for ornaments. Just one of the fun last-minute games and ideas for stress-free, no-prep speech therapy sessions this Christmas! #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Christmas #speechandlanguage
Dough Christmas Tree Activity

No-prep speech therapy Christmas games and ideas that will put a twinkle in your eye!

Christmas is jolly. It's also hectic and exhausting. There are schedule changes, special holiday programs, progress reports, and evaluations to wrap up... you get the picture. So how to stay merry? I say keep it simple and go no-prep. (Or at least low-prep!)

No-prep activities can include printables, but also books, games, simple crafts, digital activities, you-tube videos and more.

Leave me a comment if you try some of these ideas, and tell me your favorite activities too!

Christmas Story Books for Speech Therapy

Head to the library or your bookshelf for your favorite Christmas stories.  If you can't find a copy, search to see if there is a good read-aloud on YouTube. You'll want to preview the YouTube videos because some are great, and well..others are pretty bad!

Find a video where you can see the book. One without camera shake and one where the narrator reads well, but not too fast. Tip: Sometimes I turn off the volume and read them myself.

 Here are a few books that are fun for your PK through elementary students. Read the book, practice articulation words as you find them, talk about the story and characters, answer wh question... you know what to do! Books are a goldmine of opportunities for speech and language practice.

These YouTube links are good as of Christmas 2018. If you find one is not working in the future, do your own search, you're sure to find more. 

Stack-em and Knock-em Down Santa Cups.

Make a Santa cup stacking game. Just one of the fun last-minute games and ideas for stress-free, no-prep speech therapy sessions this Christmas! #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Christmas #speechandlanguage
Santa Cup Knockdown Game

Okay, I realize that adding the belt and buckle to the cups (The red ones above were painted) is a bit of prep, but it's not required. Your kids will have just as much fun stacking red and green cups in a pattern. Use styrofoam balls to toss or bowl, or even wadded up paper will work. Answer a question, get a cup, when they're all stacked you knock 'em down.

Snowball Toss. Turn the cups open-side up, get out some cotton balls and toss. For more fun, mark the cups with point values. Students earn cotton balls for answers. Or... if you don't mind a bit of noise, use jingle bells to toss instead!

Jingle Bell or (Pom-pom) Tic-Tac-Toe Grab two colors of jingle bells, draw a quick tic tac toe grid and you are set.

Play Bingo Riddles

Solve the rhyming riddles to play this Christmas speech therapy bingo game! Fun inference, vocabulary and listening practice. Just one of the easy no-prep ideas for no-stress last-minute Christmas speech therapy sessions! #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Christmas #speechandlanguage
Christmas Bingo Riddles

Christmas Bingo Riddles: This is my holiday must-have! Always a hit, children love it because this bingo game is kicked up a notch with rhyming riddles to solve. We target vocabulary, listening, inference and rhyme, plus we practice articulation as the words come up. You can print out and laminate (prep) or simply print the BW version for no-prep play.

I love that I can gather up large groups to do make-up therapy with Bingo Riddles or do I can do in-class therapy too. (There are 28 boards) And it's just plain fun!

If you love Bingo Riddles and want to check out my other games, you can find all my Bingo Riddles HERE

Christmas Crafts for Speech Therapy

Easy Candy Cane Craft using a pipe cleaner and pony beads: Perfect no-prep Christmas activity in speech therapy #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Christmas #speechandlanguage

If you want to send home a tree ornament, try this Pony Bead Candy Cane. You'll need a pipe cleaner and red and white beads.  Each response gets a bead or two to add to their pipe cleaner. You can also work on requesting: "I need a red bead, please."

If you've pulled out the pony beads, grab a can of green play dough and a Christmas tree cookie cutter. Now you're ready to make Pony Bead Christmas Trees. Cut out a tree and give your students beads to decorate with after each response... it's just that quick and easy!

How about a two-item craft? Try this Ripped Paper Christmas Tree Craft from You just need construction paper and glue. Label each strip with a prompt if you like, or just practice, then add a strip.

Try Paper Onion Christmas Ornaments for your older students. Paper, scissors, a ruler, binder clip and a stapler and you're ready to go. They are so pretty and you can have your students write artic words, irregular verbs or antonyms/synonyms on the paper strips.

Make an Articulation Word Candy Cane with red and white paper. So cute and fun. You could pre-make the word strips to go on the canes, but I say no-prep, please! Just write the word as the student says it, then give the paper strip to the student to glue.


Christmas No-Prep Resources

I have many resources in my store that are ready for your no-prep speech therapy sessions. Watch the video above for a quick peek!

Following directions activities for Christmas speech therapy! Interactive, no-print fun for tablet, whiteboard or computer, or you can print it out as cards. Leveled activities with 1-3 elements: size, color and Christmas objects. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Christmas #speechandlanguage #followingdirections #sped
No-Print Christmas Following Directions

Christmas Following Directions  This is a great interactive activity for your tablet, computer or interactive whiteboard. You can also print it as cards. Follow directions with color, size, and object to find the Christmas item named. Choose 1, 2, or 3 elements to modify the difficulty as children advance. It also includes a fun motivational trim the tree activity every few slides to keep your students engaged.

This Gingerbread Dot marker activity is just one of 58 No-prep Christmas speech therapy activities perfect for mixed groups. Print and go open-ended fun with puzzles, color by number, mystery squares and more for PK-4th grade. Includes Christmas questions Quick Lists. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Christmas #speechandlanguage #whquestions
No-Prep Christmas Speech Therapy Activities

Mixed Group Magic: No-Prep Christmas Speech Therapy Activities  Use any activity (and there are 58 different activities in this pack, for a range of ages!) with any goal, making it perfect for managing your mixed groups. These can be open-ended activities or customize for each student by adding a short list of prompts to the page. No more shuffling cards and pages.

Activities include puzzles, color by number, dot marker,  mystery squares and more plus Christmas themed WH and Yes/No question Quick Lists are included. (additional Quick Lists are also available) Or... just write in your own prompts.

Teach the basic concepts of same and different with these fun Reindeer task cards in speech therapy this Christmas. It's interactive fun as a clothespin task, dot marker activity or hole punch the reindeer's nose! Includes a BW mini-book. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Christmas #speechandlanguage #sped #preschool
Same and Different Reindeer Shapes 

Same and Different: Reindeer Shapes
Teach the concepts of same and different. Its print and go with the BW version when you make the mini-book, or print in color and laminate to make cards. There are 3 ways use to use this resource: A clothespin task card, dot markers or use a hole punch for some fun fine fine-motor practice.

Teach the basic size concepts of small, medium and large with these fun Santa task cards in speech therapy this Christmas. Interactive fun as a clothespin task, dot marker activity or hole punch activity. Includes a BW mini-book. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Christmas #speechandlanguage #sped #preschool
Santa Shapes: Teach size concepts small-medium and large

Size Concepts: Santa Shapes Clip, dot or punch while learning size concepts of small, medium and large. Like Reindeer shapes, it comes with color cards, a BW mini-book with parent letter and printables too.

Need more ideas? Find all my Christmas activities and freebies available in my store HERE

I hope you have a very merry, no-stress December and Christmas!

If you try any of these activities, please tag me on social media, I would love to see!


A cookie cutter christmas tree activity with green play dough and colorful pony beads for ornaments. Just one of the fun last-minute games and ideas for stress-free, no-prep speech therapy sessions this Christmas! #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Christmas #speechandlanguage