Easy Speech Therapy Activity Ideas to do Today

Easy Speech Therapy Activity Ideas to do Today

Ever get in a rut in therapy? It happens to all of us. My rule of thumb – if I’m bored, they’re bored. It can be hard to keep things new and interesting. I’m sharing some of my favorite, go-to speech therapy activity ideas to keep things engaging and motivating for my speech therapy students. Hopefully you find something new to try! All these ideas come from my Instagram accountif you click on the image, you can read the caption for more information.

PAPER CLIPS + MAGNETIC FISHING POLE

This trick is so simple and easy. Put paper clips on any task or articulation cards. It makes boring drill work exciting with minimal effort! Catch the card, practice the articulation word, then go fishing again!

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BINGO CHIPS + SENSORY BIN + MAGNETIC WAND

Bingo chips and a magnetic wand are a magic combo that kids go crazy for! Throw in any stimulus cards or trinkets you can use while targeting the student’s goal. When they finish they get to use the magnetic wand. You can also have the student earn the bingo chips and put them in the sensory bin, then they can “catch” them all with the “magic wand”!

 

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SENSORY BOTTLES

Sensory bottles are easy to make and have so many uses. Use them as a reinforcer, calm down bottles for behavior management, core vocabulary (“go”, “stop”, “my turn”), basic concepts (heavy, light, wet, dry), Wh questions, or expanding language. You can make an “I spy” bottle to target articulation.
Have older students create their own sensory bottle to target following directions or sequencing! You can read more sensory bottle therapy ideas in this post.

 

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MAGNIFYING GLASS AND POINTER FINGER

Simply using a magnifying glass or giant pointer finger can make an activity way more exciting! When I start to see a student lose interest, I’ll pull one of these out for them to use!

 

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PLAY DOUGH MATS

Do a google search for free play dough mats, laminate, and you’re ready to go! You can find all kinds of different ones to target various speech and language goals. I use these to work on nouns and pronouns, as well as body parts.

 

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TRAIN PIECES

One of my favorite no prep activities! Incorporate any goal with building a train set! For each trial or question, give them one track piece until the track is built and they’ve earned the trains.

 

BINGO CHIPS + MAGNETIC WAND

Bingo chips are a versatile and inexpensive reinforcer! I use them tons of ways in therapy. One way is to create a grid of articulation cards and the student earns the chips. Once all the cards are completed, they use the magic wand to pick up the chips!

 

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SENSORY BINS

I also keep a sensory bin on hand to throw vocabulary cards, articulation cards, or toys into last minute. Read all about how I use sensory bins in this post. As long as you have a sensory bin with a filler on hand, you can easily bring together a motivating activity with minimal effort.

 

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PINTEREST BOARDS

I have a few Pinterest boards that I use to target various goals. I just open the board on Pinterest and use them directly on my computer or tablet. Feel free to use them too! I use this picture scenes board to target conversations, vocabulary, verbs, WH questions, and more. In addition, I use this blank comics board to target inferences, problem solving, cause and effect, social skills, and more. I also have this basic concepts real pictures board to target basic concepts, emotions, inferences, and more.

 

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I hope these ideas are helpful! Want to follow along for more speech therapy activity ideas? Follow me on Instagram @speech.allisonfors

What is one of your favorite easy activities to incorporate in therapy or the classroom?

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