November has arrived and the holiday themed madness can begin! I have said it before and I will say it again (over and over)- I love to incorporate themes into speech therapy, especially with younger students.
Themed speech therapy can be helpful for both you and the students:
-It makes planning easier.
-It helps teach vocabulary that goes with the theme or topic.
-It’s easy to pair with picture books.
-It is fun and engaging for students!
Let’s look at 4 EASY November Crafts for speech therapy that you can use this month! Check out this list of 17 Thanksgiving Books for Speech and Language Therapy to pair with some of these November crafts! Looking to incorporate some technology as well in the month of November? Here are my favorite Thanksgiving apps for speech therapy!
#1 PAPER STRIP TURKEY
(Targets articulation or language targets)
This Paper Strip Turkey is from a bundle of year-round craft paper strip art for articulation and language. I used one of these every month to go with the monthly theme when I saw preschoolers for speech therapy. These paper art projects all use the same strips of paper to make 12 simple crafts total throughout the year. Once you get the hang of it, you can adapt these paper strip crafts to make pretty much any shape/topic you need. You can absolutely use them with older students as well and can even incorporate some fine motor skills while working on this project if you have students working on cutting. If you don’t have enough time for that or have younger students, simply pre-cut the strips ahead of time for your students if necessary or ask a parent volunteer to do it for you.
I tend to call this project “fake crafting.” This November craft is meant to be very easy and require very little prep. You can use the included worksheets to work on any of the included skills. To make any art set, print the targeted paper strip page. I like to print on colored computer paper but you could print on white and have students color if you wanted to. If you have students that have difficulty cutting with regular paper, print on cardstock to increase the paper resistance. There is also an example included to show your students.
- ice Cream
- spider web
CVC, CV/VC, CVCV, Multisyllabic
LANGUAGE SKILLS TARGETED:
- Regular Verbs (& pronouns)
- Irregular Verbs
- Regular Plurals
- Irregular Plurals
- Who ?, Where ?, What ?
- Prepositions of Movement
- Prepositions of Place
#2 TORN PAPER TURKEY CRAFT
from Beth Gorden at 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Have you checked out 123 Homeschool 4 Me yet? Beth has some really fun and engaging ideas for November as well as the rest of the year like this adorable Torn Paper Turkey Craft. I like to get ideas from this website to use at home with my 18 month old as well. This is another great craft to work on fine motor skills but the reason I love this craft is that it is great for working on sequencing during speech therapy. I take pictures ahead of time of what students will need to do during the craft and post them in order on the board or table in my room. Then, we complete this craft step by step together after reading a Thanksgiving themed book from this list. The best part about this simple craft is that these are all supplies that you may typically have already in your room.
#3 TURKEY CHOP
(no-prep articulation craft)
This turkey chop is easy and so much FUN! Combine the two pages to make a turkey from strips that you chop. Practice your speech sounds as you build the feathers. This easy no-prep craft is ready to use- just add a piece of long construction paper. This looks really cute displayed on the bulletin board!
*If your students are capable, they can cut out the oval of the feathers (like shown). If not, just have them cut the rectangle around it! Don’t get caught up in the cutting! Just print and use!
– CVC words
-Thanksgiving Vocab sheet
-Blank sheet also included to customize for your needs
#4 Articulation Turkey Hat
(100 trial no-prep Thanksgiving craft)
For example, is the perfect print and go craft for preschool and early elementary students working on their articulation during November and Thanksgiving for speech therapy. Try having a 100 party! I typically use this Articulation Turkey Hat to get 100 trials (at least) of practice on speech and language goals.
This November craft includes 17 different turkey hats for articulation, one language vocabulary hat, and one blank hat. To make a turkey hat, print the two pages for each sound. Give each student the two pages with the correct sound and allow him/her to color the hat. Cut out the hat, wings, and data sheet. Staple the front half and back half to make the hat, add the wings, and make it fit his/her head. Help your student practice each picture (5 initial position, 5 final position) ten times. Celebrate practicing 100 words! Next, send the hat home for practice!
What are your favorite November crafts to use in Speech Therapy? Will you be trying one of these?
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