Low-Prep Activities and Therapy Ideas for Christmas Preschool Speech Therapy Sessions

Updated: Jun 5


I have put together my FAVORITE low-prep Christmas themed activities to target speech and language skills!


These engaging activities can be used during in-person sessions and during teletherapy sessions!


A great themed therapy session can include a few simple activities that can be used target a vareity of goals. A book, a toy, a sensory bin, a 'hands-on activity' are my must haves for a fun and simple thematic therapy session.


Here are my favorite Christmas resources for preschool speech therapy! They are low-prep, fun, and versatile enough to use with your entire caseload.


BOOK:

Interactive Christmas Adventure Story: This story book allows preschoolers to create their own story by choosing an item to complete each page. You can use this with your entire caseload because it includes cheats sheets that list therapy ideas for each page! It is available as a BOOM card or as a Printable Story


GAMES:

Feed the Characters: This Open-Ended BOOM card activity of feeding yummy treats to Christmas and Winter Characters. It includes a PDF with ideas how to target speech sounds, possessive 's, negation, describing, past Tense -Ed, first sound identification, following directions, spatial concepts, requesting, comparing/Contrasting, and Categorizing in a natural way!




DISTANCE LEARNING:

These Christmas WH-Questions cards are the perfect addition to any therapy session. The self correcting cards allow you to get in a lot of practice quickly and the smash mats allow for a ‘hands-on’ component. During in person session, you can use your favorite manipulatives to make it a ‘hands on’ activity. Use the BOOM Cards during teletherapy - your students will love choose a ‘mini eraser’ to cover the correct answer!




PLAY ACTIVITIES:


PUPPETS AND PRESENTS: Whether you're behind a screen or eye-to-eye with your students, they will love this simple activity. All you need is little boxes with mini objects or erasers inside and puppets/dolls! Open the boxes for your students and give each gift to the puppets!


By pairing this activity with my Huge Language and Behavior Visuals Pack, I was able to target:

  • Pronouns: Ask the student who wants the gift (e.g. he does/she does).

  • Answering wh-questions: (what is it? where do we find it?).

  • Similarities/differences: Asking how two gifts are the same/different.

  • Spatial concepts: Have the student request a gift based on its location.

  • Describing: name five features of each gift.

  • Increasing MLU: I like to mix up the lids/boxes so the child has to use conjuctions (e.g. I want the blue and red one).

  • Past tense verbs: Discuss what you did - opened, looked, touched.

  • Concepts full/empty: Leave some gifts empty to discuss the difference between full/empty.

CRITTER CLINIC AND PLAYMOBIL: This is such a fun way to target a HUGE variety of goals! There is something about the element of surprise that kids can't get enough of!


Before the session, I hid one item and one character in each compartment and locked the door! The toys are from Playmobil; however, you could use paper cut outs, mini erasers, or any other mini objects you have,


I introduced this task by saying that Santa and all his helpers have gone missing! We need to find them so we can save Christmas.


By pairing this activity with my Huge Language and Behavior Visuals Pack, I was able to target:

  • Requesting: Have the child ask you for a specific color key.

  • Possessive 's: Have the student tell who the item belongs to (e.g. it is Santa'S hat.)

  • Final Consonant deletion: The word hat and eat can be repeated many times!

  • Verbs: Open, close, wrap, decorate, paint, build, make, fly, pack, fill, empty.

  • Describing: Talk about what each elf looks like.

  • Spatial concepts: Have the student tell you/place the item in a specifc place.

  • Categorizing: Sort the gifts, people, and animals.

  • Pronouns: Have the student tell you wants/has the items (e.g. She wants it; He has it).

  • Exclamatory words: Use the words, "Wee! Whoa! Ooh! Ahh!" when opening the doors and opening gifts.


I hope that you can use these simple Christmas activities during your speech therapy sessions!


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