“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is”, Jessica Harrelson
Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I love everything about it! Beautiful flowers are blooming, butterflies symbolize new life, and growth is all around us. This is one of my favorite seasons for speech therapy. There are so many possibilities to engage your students and make learning fun. Here are a few of my favorites!
Outside activities: Kids always love going outside and this is a HUGE plus during the Covid pandemic.
- Bubbles are always tried and true! Targets include: blow, pop, my/your turn, up/down, big/little, go/stop.
- I also love using sidewalk chalk. We write our speech sounds in isolation and words in chalk. I like to find out their spelling words from their teachers and we practice spelling those, too!
- Going on a nature hunt is also a treat! Click this link for a Teachers Pay Teachers Nature Hunt freebie from Kristine Lamb. I have several clip boards on hand that I purchased at the Dollar Tree. We use these clipboards along with our nature hunt freebie and a pencil. The kids love it!
Teachers Pay Teachers Activities: See the links below for some of my favorites! I love that some of them include Boom Cards for virtual learning:
BOOM Learning Activities:
Sensory Boxes: These are a huge favorite of mine! I find the bins at either the Dollar Tree or Target. The fillers (shredded paper in various colors, confetti, pretend grass, black beans) can be found at the Dollar Tree, too!
I found these bug, nets, and fly-swatters on Amazon. We “throw” and “catch” the bugs and make sentences such as, “I will throw the ant” or “I caught the fly”. Multisyllabic words abound in the insect world: caterpillar, butterfly, ladybug, bumble bee, and centipede. This is a great activity for kids who don’t quite sit well during speech sessions! I also love this fun bug puzzle. Students love to catch the puzzle pieces with their magnetic net and talk about their treasures!
Whether you serve students Face to Face or spend the day conducting virtual sessions, it is my hope that these activities will help you celebrate spring with the richest language possible…now and for years to come!
Author: Kim Jenkins, M.A., CCC-SLP