I always feel stuck during the time between holidays when it comes to planning therapy. I decided a good transition between St. Patrick’s Day and Easter themes is bugs! If you’re struggling to plan or just looking for new ideas, I am going to share all of the buggy activities I’ll be doing in my speech room next week, as well as a freebie for you! Keep reading to see ideas for materials, toys, and crafts for a bug theme!
Bug Early Language Activities: These have become my go-to activities when planning themes. There are vocabulary and sentence expanding books, two interactive books, sensory bin cards, a match mat, and a parent letter. I will be pulling these out all week! To assemble, I print my vocabulary book and color and noun book two per page. This makes them smaller and saves space! I put them on a ring and store them either in a pouch or right in my sensory bin. I like to print extra copies of the color/noun book and cut out the colorful pictures to add to a sensory bin. I print two copies of the match mats (without words) and laminate them. I cut out one copy and velcro each piece to its match. I cut out the cards with words for a sensory bin. I make the interactive books on full size pages (assembly directions are included!). Click the link to see the resource in my tpt store!
Bug Sensory Bin: I love to use Easter grass for my filler in a bright green color and hide bug toys, vocabulary cards, flowers… anything garden-like. Super simple to make, plus the grass filler is way less messy than beans!
No Prep Bug Speech & Language Activities: I target more structured speech and language goals with this theme pack. It’s no prep, print and go therapy so I can print them right before a session, or have them all ready to go ahead of time! There’s even an articulation/open-ended craft included so you can incorporate some art into your sessions! Click the link to see the resource in my TPT store!
Open-Ended Bug Reinforcer: I made these little open-ended activities to use as reinforcers during speech therapy, and I want to share my bug mat with you! I laminate the pages, cut out all of the bugs, and randomly velcro them to the background. When I want to use it, I’ll remove all of the bugs and use them as tokens during our session. It’s super quick to prep, and great to use for a variety of goals! Click the link to download the freebie!
Bug Toys: If you want some more realistic bugs to use in therapy, I found some cute bug toys on Amazon that would be perfect for sensory bins, pretend play, and reinforcers!
Paper Bowl Ladybug Craft: I found this super cute idea on Pinterest for a ladybug craft! I want to try something similar in my room! Click the link to go to the pin to see how to make it! It’s low prep and great for preschool and older!