Going back to work after the holiday season can be ROUGH. Usually I’m scrambling to prepare, but this year I gathered my activities for the first few weeks back and I definitely feel less stressed! I wanted to share some of my favorite activities for winter that I will be using in my speech room this January!
I love using crafts in speech therapy because you can target so much speech and language! This snowflake craft is perfect for students of all ages and can be adapted to target a ton of goals. I traced a snowflake and cut it out on white paper (depending on your student’s age, you can have them cut it out, too!). I also cut out light blue and dark blue circles for the background. Then, we glued the snowflake on the paper, added more glue, and topped with glitter! Super simple, and can be used in conjunction with core vocabulary (put on, more, etc.), colors, describing, requesting, or as a reinforcer for articulation therapy! Very little prep and super engaging.
Early Language Winter Vocabulary Activities
I created these early language winter activities so I could incorporate winter vocabulary into all of my sessions while targeting a ton of early language goals! There are interactive books that I plan on using to target following directions and requesting, sentence strips, and opportunities to target expanding utterances. I also love using the interactive pieces as reinforcers for other tasks. I prepped these before break and I’m so excited to use them!
Winter Vocabulary Sensory Bin
I love making sensory bins, but sometimes find that I don’t have the time. My winter sensory bin is super cute, seasonal, AND easy to assemble! I used cotton balls, craft jewels, and sequins as filler and added winter vocabulary pictures (I laminated and cut out my vocabulary page from my early language activities pack). I plan on having my kids match the pictures, describe them, make sentences, etc.! So many opportunities for language!
I try to find as many no prep options as I can after a break, so I always go to my no prep monthly packs! My January pack is full of winter activities to target a variety of speech and language goals, as well as open-ended pages to add your own!
Open-Ended Dot Sheets (FREEBIE!)
What’s better than no prep? No prep and FREE! I use dot sheets for a variety of students to target a lot of goals. Besides using them as a reinforcer, I also use them to target colors, requesting, turn-taking, core vocabulary, and following directions! There are also writing prompts included in this pack as well! I am definitely pulling these out a ton during the first few weeks back!
I hope these activities were helpful to you! Let me know what you are doing for your winter therapy!