It’s my favorite time of the year! The days are filled with holiday cheer! School is out and kids are dreaming of Santa, cookies, and reindeer! What a fun time to remind children that they are dear! Christmas time is here! There is something sweet about witnessing the magic of Christmas time through the eyes of a child. Kids come to speech with a different excitement prior to and throughout the holidays. Christmas is the perfect time to make speech therapy fun through the use of themed activities to elicit interaction and engagement from your kids.
Since school is out for a good amount of time during the holidays, it is important to think about activities that you can send home with your students to work on during the break. These activities need to be FUN for the kids! Below I have compiled a list of my favorite activities to incorporate during Christmas time! Remember to think creatively, tailor the activities to each student’s needs, and to have fun!
This silly book tells us about Splat’s Christmas adventure! This book can be used to target goals that include vocabulary, problem-solving, sequencing, predicting, inferencing, verb tense, speech sounds, etc. This book is perfect for preschool children and elementary children. When you incorporate books into therapy there are so many ways that you can get creative. You can read it aloud to the children and ask them questions about it. For older children you can have them read it to listen to their speech sounds. You can ask questions based on the pictures in the book, etc. You can even send home this link to the read aloud version of the book on YouTube so that they can practice at home over the break: https://youtu.be/P498jKxzU7E.
This book is a holiday classic! Most children have either watched the movie or heard the story before which makes this book fun to use during therapy. This book is perfect for elementary students and late elementary students. It has a lot of /r/ blends and /er/ words in it making it a perfect book to work on that tricky /r/ sound. Furthermore, this book can be used to target many other narrative concepts such as vocabulary, inferencing, figurative language, grammar, social/emotional concepts, etc. This book can be found on YouTube with the following link: https://youtu.be/tPpAztcwj-s.
I love this book because it is perfect to talk about themes of acceptance and friendship with children. This book is about a little Christmas tree that is too small to be chosen at Christmas time. It tells the story of the amazing things that happen when the tree is left alone in the forest when all of the other trees were chosen. This book can be used to address many different speech and language concepts such as articulation goals, language goals, and fluency goals. The read-aloud version of this book can be found on YouTube: https://youtu.be/biV1wYxQO5k.
Teachers Pay Teachers is a great resource for easy speech and language resources for Christmas. These activities can be sent home during the break for the child to continue to work on their goals at home. There are some phenomenal free resources to utilize. Here are some of my favorites (Click on the craft to go to the linked website):
I hope these activities help make speech and language therapy fun during Christmas time! Enjoy and remember to have fun!
Author: Caroline Ousley, M.S., CF-SLP