Can it already be the 4th week of school? I’ve been busy trying to gather baseline data to start the year off right! When I think about collecting baseline data in preschool, I start with what materials to grab. This week I used my iPad, one book and my Jumbo Safari Counters from Learning Resources. You might think these manipulatives are just for math concepts but they have a ton of uses for SLP’s too! Learning Resources provided me with the Safari Counters to complete this review but the opinions are solely mine and no other compensation was provided. One lucky SpeechRoomNews follower will even win their own set! The Jumbo Safari Counters come in a storage bucket and include 6 colors of giraffe, elephant, lion, gorilla, and rhino.
These were perfect for gathering baseline because I could use them in so many ways! Here’s the rundown of how I used them.
-Sorting (by color and animal)
– Classification (we talked about which animals are safari animals and named other animals that were not)
– Plurals (receptive: Give me lions expressive: What do you see? I see three lions.)
-Vocabulary (most of my kids couldn’t name rhino!)
-Verbs (we did lots of playing with our animals! run, jump, hop, fall, eat)
-WH questions (Who has a long neck? Why do gorillas have long arms?)
-Body parts (One of my little guys has a goal for this! We found our eyes then the eyes of the animals.)
-Basic Concepts (temporal and spatial concepts. ie: Who is under the desk?)
-Pronouns (the inside of the animals are hollow – we used them as puppet to work on I/Me)
-Following Directions (both giving and following single and multistep directions of varying complexity)
-Comparative/Superlative (tall, taller, tallest)
The possibilities are endless with these animals! That list is just what I used them for in two days of baseline data collection! One other benefit I want to add is the size of the counters. If you’re working with children who have fine motor difficulties, the larger size will be helpful!
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Thank you, Jenna! I love all of your products & ideas!
Kristin H says
What a cute idea 🙂
Theresa B says
These would be great to use with preschoolers for sorting activities.
Reshella Leary says
I would love to use these in therapy with my kindergarteners and students with autism for sorting/categorizing! Love your list of ideas!
Megan Gorby says
I love these! 🙂
SLP Gone Wild says
What couldn’t you use these for? Imaginative play, sorting, counting, concepts, vocabulary…ideas are endless!
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I’ve never seen jumbo counters. I would use these for sorting (color, type), and also for demonstrating spatial concepts. I have little plastic rocks and trees, and we could practice all of the prepositions that we’ve been targeting.
I love these ideas! Thanks so much!
Andrea Schmitz says
WOW I love how these are so versatile! I would love to add these to my therapy tools. Thanks for the giveaway!
I would love to use these with my kindergartners. Most of them have fine motor delays so it’s hard to find manipulatives that they can comfortably enough. I also love the versatile they would be for my older students.
I would use these with my son and really work on his articulation!
I would use them for spatial concepts, colors, sorting, artic, following directions.
These would be good for colors, prepositions, reinforcers and same/different
First I’d try out some of your great ideas and then I’d see if I can come up with my own creative uses for the kids I take care of! They look like so much fun! 🙂
Teresa Besson says
Great for teaching colors, counting, vocabulary.
I would use them for following directions and categorizing
Counting, sorting, Id’ing and naming colors, sequencing, following directions….. the possibilities are endless!
Annie Bousquet says
What a great idea!
I could use these to teach basic concepts as well as following directions.
Love your ideas for these animals!!
I would use them in the speech/language preschool that I work in. I would use them for sorting and matching activities, more or less concepts, Vocabulary such as colors and animals. We might even just play with them because pretending is aways fun!!!
Jenny F. says
I often use animal stuff with my little kids and they love it! Line them up and you could use them to teach ordering (first/last).
I would use these every day!
I would LOVE to have these. I have 40 preschoolers on my caseload and would use them in ALL the ways you did!! I find objects to be WAY better than pictures with this age group 🙂
Emily Claire says
Colors, FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS, sorting, counting! The possibilities are ENDLESS 🙂
I have tons of students with story retell goals. We could create a story with a few of the animals and then have the students retell the story we just made. I could video tape it with my phone to provide a visual if needed.
I love these! I would use them for counters, counting, colors and animal naming!
These are awesome!
These are great!! I would use them for all the ways that you named & use them with prepositions. 🙂
Erika R. says
These look like a lot of fun!
These would be perfect for my little guy, he has mild CP, fine motor issues make these jumbo counters perfect for about a zillion different things!
Need lots of different things to use for past tense irregular verbs. Think I could use these for past tense verbs, among the other ideas you named in your review. 🙂
I love your stuff! Keep up the good work!
I would use these for different math concepts: sorting, patterns, counting and story problems!
As you pointed out, so many uses! I would use them for sorting, categorizing, following directions, pretend play, spatial concepts… Thank you for the opportunity to win!
I would definitely use them for language therapy with my preschoolers!
Lauren Kozak says
I would use them for sorting and as a following directions activity with my little ones!
This would be great for language tx…..plurals, prepositions, etc.!
Angela @ OMazing Kids says
These would be great to use for language activities in my work as a SLP & as props in my OMazing Kids yoga classes! I love how large they are….. look easy for kids with special needs to hold. Thanks for offering the great giveaway! Love your blog 🙂
Jacqueline Whitney says
I could totally use these with preschoolers!!
I would use some of ur ideas.
I would use them with my preschoolers for sorting, following directions, prepositions, etc.
Angelene Malek says
I would use them with my Kindergarteners. I have many who are working on these concepts. Great ideas! Thanks!
Iliana R says
These would be perfect for my little brother to use!
polly allston says
what a wonderful idea! my preschoolers would love these!
i would use them for naming actions and pretend play, following directions, and naming!
These would be great for use with my HI kiddos. We could use them for critical element tasks.
These seem great! Great giveaway!
I would use these for sorting and category goals. Great product.
Jessica G says
This looks too cute! I would love to use these.
I would use these in my clinicals. I am working with preschoolers right now in Graduate School.
I love these! I would use them with my preschoolers for categorization, colors, following directions, etc. Great giveaway!
I would use them for categories both receptive and expressive. Such a great manipulative. Also would put them in my Eyespy bags!!!
I would use them for categories and spatial concepts. 🙂
I was thinking categorizing, colors, and sorting…..however, thanks for all the wonderful other ideas to add to the list! =)
Following directions, imaginary play, categorization, concepts, barrier games, silliness! We learn best when we are having fun!
Marie McIntosh says
I have a client who loves animals and could use his PECS to request more anmimals to play with. I could even create a new PECS card specifically for “safari animals” as opposed to “farm animals”.
With my current caseload, I could see using these for sorting/categorizing, spatial/temporal concepts, ‘wh’ questions, pronouns, and adjectives. Love when there are so many uses!
I would use them for colors, grouping and vocabulary.
This would be such fun ideas with my 3 year olds. Thanks.
Angie Klein says
I have the counting bears – these would be a nice addition!
Chris Gerber says
I love the size for little hands with motor problems….
I have a few kids that these would be great for expanding their expressive vocabulary.
the ideas are endless but def. vocab, compare/contrast, basic concepts….
Christina Cook says
These would be great for sorting, matching, and counting, just to name a few!
Sorting, Plurals, concepts, classification, I could go on and on!
I would love to use this with my speech kids.
Jen and Andy says
Sorting, using attributes, plurals, vocabulary…
Serena Adkins says
I would teach my son math skills with these if I won.
I would use these at my clinic, I’m sure I could find many ways to use them as well as my fellow therapist! Always looking for something new to do therapy with. Love your suggestions!
Samantha Hoff says
Love all the baseline ideas!!
Thinking of one student in general, I could see using them for conditional direction following!
I would start by using them to work on colors and animal recognition with my 2 year old.
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I would use these for body part id, teaching/practice prepositions, following directions…a bunch of fun stuff, that’s what! Thanks for hosting!
These are so fun, the possibilities are endless! I’ve been wanting something similar to these (bears) to use when doing hearing screenings with the little ones in the preschools (have them throw an animal into a cup/bucket when they hear the beep). Anyway, I would use these for that and much more!
My preschoolers would love to work with these!
I can see this as a good activity for sorting, classifying and for concepts! I also like that they would be great for traveling SLPs!
I would use these with my preschoolers and kindergartners for basic concept works, sorting, vocabulary, similarities/differences, following directions, etc. So many ways to use these!
Alice Wong says
I’ve used these to work on sorting, counting, comparing and pattern.
Tons of fun filled activities I could do with these!
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