Are you looking for apple-themed activities to try in speech therapy? It’s one of my favorite times of year-apple season! There are so many unique apple-themed activities for speech therapy to do with your students in the fall. Working on different themes in speech therapy is important. It’s engaging and fun for students, it helps build vocabulary related to certain themes and truthfully, it makes planning a lot easier. When I worked in the school setting, I tried to coordinate my themes with the classroom teachers that I worked with and sometimes even the OT and PT as well. This worked especially well when pushing into different teacher’s rooms for speech therapy because we were all focusing on the same theme, but with different goals for students in mind.
The apple-themed activities below focus on a variety of skills including:
-learning through play
-sorting and classifying
Here are 10 fun apple-themed activities to try in speech therapy:
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This is an EASY and LOW-PREP craft for preschoolers!
Directions: Give each student an apple and a caterpillar. Have the student color their papers. Cut out around the caterpillar and apple. Cut a slit into the apple so that the caterpillar can ‘eat’ the apple as you slide it into the slot.
-Each caterpillar has 7 pictures.
-One language caterpillar focuses on apple vocabulary.
-17 speech sound caterpillars feature 4 initial sound and 3 final sound words for each bug including: P, B, M, N, T, D, F, TH, SH, CH, K, G, S, Z, L, R (mixed vocalic), S-blends
These apple puzzle practice Boom Cards are perfect for preschool-2nd graders!
These Boom Cards include practice with:
There are 10 Apple themed puzzle activities total.
Count and Say Fall Articulation is a fall-themed high repetition activity for speech therapy that is great to use with preschool-2nd graders.
Count & Say Fall Articulation Boom Cards includes:
-12 Boom Decks
-Printable PDF versions
-45 practice cards per deck and 2 direction cards
Each card contains a counting task related to a fall item. The student will count the fall items (number apples, leaves, pumpkins, etc.) and then practice the target word that many times.
This hands-on activity is very engaging for students as it pairs printable articulation and language worksheets with Boom Decks and legos.
You could print this activity out and use it with actual legos or just use the digital boom deck version.
F, V, K, G, S, Z, L, SH, CH, TH, R, AR, AIR, ER, OR, IRE, EAR, S Blends, L Blends, R Blends, CVC, Multisyllabic Words + Fall Vocab sheet + Blank
Language Skills included:
vocab, plural -s, verbs, irregular verbs, irregular verbs, category naming, homonyms, opposites, compare/contrast, retelling sequences, prepositions, idioms, functions
Parent handouts are a simple and effective way to coach and support families of children with communication disabilities. These 10 handouts focus on apple and pumpkin investigations to try at home!
-1 Parent Intro Letter
-10 Learning through Play Activity Sheets
-Each page includes one language and one articulation activity that can be done at home with very few supplies
-target vocabulary words as well as a basic concept to focus on
Apples Sink or Float
Washing Apples and Pumpkin
Pumpkin Sensory Bag
Pumpkin Oobleck (easier than slime)
Pumpkin Dress Up
Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt
You can also use these handouts without the introduction letter and leave these with parents at the end of a speech therapy session or post in hallways and offices!
This NO-PREP color and play BINGO all about apple vocabulary is perfect for preschoolers all the way through 8th graders.
-6 black and white BINGO boards
-24 apple pictures
-one set of calling cards
Print a different board for each student. Have the student color the board while discussing the pictures. Discuss vocabulary related to apple vocabulary. Take this opportunity to gather intervention data on any skills (including articulation, verbs, pronouns, sentence completion, etc.) Cut apart the calling cards and place in a bowl. Pull the cards one at a time and call out the card. Each student can use a penny, bingo chips, or marker to cover the called image on their board. The first student with 5 in a row wins and shouts BINGO!
Recommended speech and language BINGO adaptations:
- Describing BINGO: pull out each picture and give a physical description of the item.
- Classifying BINGO: name the category of the item on the calling card.
- Articulation carryover BINGO: Use a carrier phrase for each card when called. ie: I spy…. or I found….
Hi-Ho Cherry-O is the perfect board game for a group of 2-4 students to pair with any of the apple activities in this list or books. Be the first to pick all the fruit from your tree and win!
Kids have so much fun picking fruit to fill their baskets, they don’t even realize they’re developing and practicing skills such as counting, addition, subtraction, fine motor practice and even working on social skills with turn-taking while playing. I like to pair this game with the Apple Eater Craft!
These Interactive Vocabulary Books are designed for teaching vocabulary concepts related to fall concepts. The interactive books are designed to allow students to match pictures to each page of the book using hook/loop and play interactively using Boom Cards.
The three books included in this set are:
- Things I See in the Fall
- Fall Actions
- All About Apples
How to use Interactive Vocabulary Books:
These books are really great for minimally verbal students. They can show their knowledge without needing to verbally produce answers, just match. For kids just learning to express themselves in single words or simple phrases, pictures support that level of speech. If students are communicating in sentences they can make up their own language to describe the picture/scene.
Interactive books give little hands something to do. They also have a very clear ending. The kids can see if they get the 12 pictures done, then they are finished with this activity. You can work on many additional goals (verbs, pronouns, functions, attributes, etc.) while targeting this activity.
Make sure you read some apple-themed books with your students during fall! Apple Farmer Annie is a favorite for this time of year. Annie is a very busy apple farmer. She bakes yummy treats with the apples she picks and saves her best apples to sell at the market. Follow Annie through her apple-filled day of picking, counting, sorting, baking, and selling, and then try making some of her simple apple recipes together!
These apples from Amazon are great for so many different activities-sorting classifying, sensory bins, counting, describing.
Make apple season fun in speech therapy and try some of these hands-on and engaging activities with your students!
You may also want to check out more fall toys and games for speech therapy here!
Need help organizing your theme-based materials for speech therapy? Check out this post.
What are your favorite apple-themed activities to try in speech therapy?
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