By Elena Barker
Here at PPR, we’re celebrating all things fall — cooler weather, colorful leaves, and naturally, Halloween. This kid-favorite holiday also happens to be a perfect theme to use in your speech- language therapy classroom. To help you get into the spirit of the season, we’ve compiled the following 5 fantastic Halloween activities for SLPs:
The Therapy Source blog has this free, printable bingo game with a Halloween theme. The download comes with three game boards and 24 WH questions, such as, “What does a witch wear on her head?” and “What kind of costume would you wear if you wanted to ‘meow’?” It’s perfect for kids between the ages of 5-11. You can use this game in a lesson for grammar, vocabulary, describing, and categorizing.
Nothing says Halloween quite like monsters. And this tissue box monster, found on the Speech Sprouts blog, is hungry! Warn your students to watch out because he might even be hungry enough to eat all the plural cards in your classroom! This activity is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with your students, and it’s also an engaging way to teach vocabulary.
Based on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson, this 69-page companion activity packet created by blogger WhitneySLP is filled with engaging worksheets, flashcards, and vocabulary lessons. With such a wide variety of activities for students of all ages, the packet provides tons of Halloween fun — no magical broomstick required!
If you and your students like Candyland, then you need to play this charming game made by Hallie Sherman of the Speech Time Fun blog. As your students race to find the witch, they’ll encounter all kinds of WH questions and corresponding visuals along the way. This game is best suited for younger students, from preschoolers to first graders.
Sensory bins can be a great tool to use year-round in your classroom, but they’re especially fun for Halloween. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out this one on the What We Can Do With Paper and Glue blog. Black beans are used for the base and Halloween-themed items like candy corn erasers and neon-colored spiders are sprinkled into the mix. Sensory bins like this one can help you target certain goals, such as vocabulary, following directions, basic concepts, and prepositions. Plus, your students are sure to love it!
No matter how you plan to celebrate this year, everyone at PPR hopes you and your students have a ghoulishly good time! Happy Halloween!