Monday, March 30, 2020

3 Quick and Easy Easter Speech Therapy Activities You'll Love

3 Must-Have Easter Speech Therapy Activities 

3 Quick and easy Easter Speech Therapy Activities that are a must-have this spring for preschool and elementary students! SLPs love the ability to target multiple goals at once whether it's language, articulation or fluency, making them ideal for mixed groups. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Easter
Open-ended Easter game for easy speech therapy sessions 

Pull out a holiday activity and your speech therapy groups perk right up and get excited to participate. You love them too, but with a bulging mixed caseload and precious little time to prep, you need activities that are not only engaging but also super-versatile. No-prep simple or grab and go easy. Yes, please. So here you go...

1. My very favorite no-stress holiday activity is ... Bingo Riddles!

My Bingo Riddles games are great as a print and go activity, but I suggest you laminate a set to re-use. I promise you will want to use these games over again.

I've got you covered for quick and easy Easter-themed sessions, plus I've created Bingo Riddles games for five more holidays and all four seasons. Play the Easter Bingo Riddles game with bingo chips or try jelly bean markers for a fun treat.

Spring Bingo Riddles is a fun holiday alternative if you don't do Easter activities at your school.

Here's the awesome twist that makes this game so engaging...

Each Bingo Riddles game includes rhyming riddle cards for the vocabulary pictures. Rather than simply calling out a word, you read the riddle, adding a fun challenge as students guess the answers.  Don't worry, you can still show the pictures for younger students.

"Shaped like a bunny or chick, marshmallow in heaps. You'll eat us quick, because we're yummy _____." Can you guess the answer?

You can easily target listening, inference, vocabulary, rhyme and articulation as you play. You can even have students take turns reading the clues for sentence-level articulation opportunities.

Sweet comments I've received:

* This activity is so wonderful! The kiddos loved being challenged with riddles but also playing a fun game of bingo. So many language and articulation opportunities!

* This is the 2nd year I've used these, and I had to write a review on this product because I love it so much. I have used it with preschoolers, 6th graders, and all the grades in between.

* My kids begged and begged to play!

Do you have a really hard time fitting in make-up therapy?

 Shhh, I'm going to let you in on my secret.... Bingo Riddles are my favorite activity for managing not only mixed speech therapy groups and in-class therapy, but... wait for it... large-group make-up therapy too! There are 30 gameboards, so you can use it with any size group and across grades while you target multiple goals at once.

2. Next up is a quick-play open-ended Easter game for any age or goal.

You'll love how easy it is to target multiple goals at once with this fun Easter Vocabulary game. Language prompts are included, or use it open-ended for any target. Comes with Spring and St. Patrick’s Day games too, so you can use these all season long.  One of 3 Quick and Easy Easter Speech Therapy Activities that are a must-have this spring! Head over to the post to see the other two.   #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #easter
Spring Speech Therapy Games: St. Patrick's Day, Easter

Be the first to collect the letters to spell Easter and you'll win!  Simple and engaging, this game will be a favorite. Try popping the cards in an Easter basket or bucket to draw from or put them in Easter eggs for even more fun.

There are actually 3 games in this super-versatile resource.

One for St. Patrick's Day, one for Easter, and one for spring. Each game has cards for 4 players. Play open-ended or use the included page of vocabulary and themed questions for language development.

I use this game with preschoolers and non-readers too.I've included directions on how to make a letter template so preschoolers can match the letters, making it a great early literacy activity as well. Find it here: Spring Speech Therapy Games: St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring

3. Print and go no-prep Easter for any goal? Here you go...

You'll love how easy it is to target multiple goals at once with these fun no-prep Easter Speech therapy activities!  Mystery squares are just one fun activity in this huge pack. Language prompts are included in handy paste-on quick lists, or use it open-ended for any target. One of 3 Quick and Easy Easter Speech Therapy Activities that are a must-have this spring! Head over to the post to see the other two.   #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #easter
Easter No-Prep Speech Therapy Activities- Mixed Group Magic!

If you haven't seen my huge mixed group magic packets, you are in for a treat. My kids love them. 

Mix and match any one of the 62 different fun activities with any goal. There's a variety of activities great for pre-k through 5th grade, so you can use it across your caseload. Choose a color by number, mystery squares, dot to dot, paint a scene, a dot marker page or one of each for your group!

See the little empty box in the upper right of the page? 

You can paste any one of the Easter-themed Yes-No and WH questions quick lists included in the packet, or just write in your own prompts. Any activity, any goal, all no-prep. It doesn't get better than that!

Find  Mixed Group Magic Easter Speech Therapy Activities here. 

To make it even easier, I created additional Quick Lists for receptive language, expressive language, and articulation.

You can pop one of these handy little lists of prompts on almost any activity you have. I love these for data and progress-monitoring too.

 Find them here: Speech and Language All-Year Quick list bundle.

Pop one of these handy speech and language lists on any activity to instantly add receptive language, expressive language or articulation prompts for each student. Makes progress monitoring and data collection super simple too. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy
Speech Therapy Quick Lists- Prompts for any printable activity

These activities are ideal for mixed groups.

I rarely get to see homogeneous groups, because my caseload is just too large. Someone is usually working on language, another couple students on articulation, maybe someone else on fluency. Mixed groups are tricky, but these three Easter activities are terrific for mixed goals in groups. 

If you're struggling with how to manage and engage your groups, check out this post for more ideas and resources: 3 Sure-fire Secrets to Solving Mixed-Group Madness. 

You can use these Easter speech therapy activities in teletherapy too.

As I write this post, we are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and many SLPs (including myself!) are scrambling to find engaging materials for teletherapy.  I have updated my terms of use to allow for distance learning and teletherapy needs.

If you're using a teletherapy platform that allows students to "annotate" or draw and type on your screen share, there are several ways to use these materials.

Easter Bingo Riddles: You can play with 3 students with just one board. Take a screenshot of a bingo board. Have each student guess which direction the first bingo will be...diagonal, horizontal or vertical. Share the screenshot and have your students mark off the pictures as they solve the riddles. If they picked the direction of the first 5 in a row, they win!

Spring and Easter Speech Therapy Games:  There are 2 boards per page in the file. Share a screenshot for 2 players. You can pick the letters out of a bucket for your students. What will it be? The student can then type the letter on their board. First one to spell Easter wins.

Easter Mixed Group Magic Quick List Activities:  Share your screen and students will love coloring in the color by number or mystery squares as you talk about their goals. Use a pencil tool for the dot to dot pages or draw your way through the mazes. There are plenty of possibilities with this pack.

3 Quick and easy Easter Speech Therapy Activities that are a must-have this spring for preschool and elementary students! SLPs love the ability to target multiple goals at once whether it's language, articulation or fluency, making them ideal for mixed groups. #speechsprouts #speechtherapy #Easter
Spring Speech Therapy Games for Easter, St. Patrick's day and Spring.

Wishing you a safe Spring and a Happy Easter my friends!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

50+ Terrific FREE Speech Therapy Activities You Can Send Home in a Hurry

Speech and language home practice has always been important for making optimal progress.

A huge list of speech and language homework activities you can send home in a hurry for summer and emergency shutdowns

This isn't news to SLP's. But events like the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters and subsequent school closings have shone a light on the need for quality resources that can be accessed at home. Not only during emergencies but for everyday home practice, school breaks and summer too.

To help out, I've compiled an extensive list for you of free speech and language resources you can find online. Some are online games, many are printables. All are no-prep to make gathering what you need easier for you.

Free articulation resources online:

Tracy Boyd's Articulation Games: Have More Fun site has games for rhyme, syllables, CH, J, G, K, L, R, vocalic R, S, SH, TH, F, F, V, M, N

Articulation Word Lists by Home Speech Home

Printable picture cards by Testy Yet Trying

Boom Cards is offering free Ultimate memberships to teachers until June 2020 for schools affected by school closings.  These are digital card decks for a variety of skills, you can find many free decks.

Articulation freebies from Speech Sprouts for you:

This resource can be easily adapted for any articulation target by writing articulation words on the blank "teeth"

More great articulation freebies on Teachers pay Teachers: 

SH Articulation Worksheets by Talking with Rebecca

R Articulation Word Search by Fun in Speech

Articulation Activity Booklets TH by KI Speech Therapy

Free language resources online:

Tracy Boyd's Language and Word Games: Have Fun has games for analogies, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, homographs, categories, What doesn't belong, same or different, irregular plurals, WH questions, idioms and more.

Tracy Boyd's Sequencing Fun Games include games for sequences like brushing your teeth or blowing up a balloon.

Word Search Generator from Puzzle Maker .com Send home an articulation list, synonym or antonym list, category list, etc, and have kids make their own word search.

Language Word Lists by Home Speech Home including categories, verbs, adjectives, synonyms, antonyms, multiple meanings and more.

Carl's Corner has printable resources and word lists for antonyms, synonyms, homophones, plurals, rhyme, vocabulary and more.

Looks Like Language has a great post with lots of links: 10 Fantastic Free Resources  for Customizing Vocabulary Work 

Language freebies from Speech Sprouts for you:

Quantity Concepts: Frogs and Flies by Speech Sprouts. Make a mini-book while learning the concepts more, less, altogether.

Five Little Monkeys No-Prep Speech Therapy by Speech Sprouts. Open-ended printable activities for any target. It also comes with a few Quicklists for articulation, questions, and past-tense -ed.

Hoot Owl Homonyms Freebie by Speech Sprouts

That's Fishy! Which does not belong? by Speech Sprouts Cards and sorting mats for a fishing game. Teaches category exclusion, color words, sorting by color.

More great language freebies on Teachers pay Teachers: 

Setting the Table and Language by The Speech Meadow

Groceries and Language by The Speech Meadow

Play With Dolls by The Speech Meadow

Creating Language-Rich Experiences at Home by Ms Gardenia's Speech Room

Play-based Speech Therapy Homework by Primary Punch

Scavenger Hunt Vocabulary Activities by Fun in Speech

Summer Homework Calendars for Language by Schoolhouse Talk

Printable Picture Cards for Speech Therapy by Speech and Language at Home

Pronoun Puddle Jump Activity by Twin Speech Language and Literacy

Ants on a Log Speech Recipe by Creative Speech Lab

Weather Idioms Freebie by Activity Tailor

Fictional Short Stories for Language Comprehension by Talking with Rebbecca

Bubble Gum Facts and Opinions by All Y'All Need

Free social language resources online:

Social Language Scenarios by Home Speech Home

Emotions Vocabulary by Home Speech Home

Pirate Emotions and Feelings Card Game by Communication Blessings

Articulation,  Language and Social Language Homework by Stacy Crouse

Social Skills Activities: Friendly or Not? by Looks Like Language

Social Skills Activities: TeenProblem Solving/ Social Inferences by Looks Like Language

Free fluency resources online:

Videos with practical tips for how to use speech tools from Stuttering Therapy Resources

Speech and Language Home Practice by Primary Punch includes parent suggestions for fluency, articulation and language home practice.

Fluency Skills Brochure by Primary Punch

Speech Therapy Stuttering Activities by The Gift of Gab

Free AAC Resources online

A huge list of speech and language homework activities you can send home in a hurry for summer and emergency shutdowns

How you may use these resources

Resources by many SLP authors are listed here. Please be sure to respect the terms of use included in files by each author. If you have questions, reach out to the author of that product.

Most other authors also allow printing for all your students, again please check the TOU. for those resources.

For Speech Sprouts free resources:
I am amending my Terms of  Use due to these extreme circumstances during the coronavirus pandemic for the Speech Sprouts resources in this list.

  1. Each SLP or educator who will be distributing these resources to students should download the file on Teachers pay Teachers for themselves. Parents are also welcome to download a copy of the digital file on TpT. 
  2. You have my permission to print a copy of my activities for each of the students on your caseload. 
  3. You may upload my resources to a private Google Classroom that only your parents and students have access to. Uploading resources to other file sharing sites will continue to be prohibited. 

I've also put together a PDF File with links to the resources listed here that you may download. You may share the PDF file with the list with your students and parents via Google classroom, email or a password-protected district website.

I hope this makes getting activities out to your students easier.   Download the Freebie List HERE.

I hope this send-home resource list helps! 

We're all used to summer breaks, but emergency school closing like the current coronavirus shutdowns or fire and flood emergencies can so be very stressful. Wishing everyone health and safety.