I love using year round themes for speech therapy because you can pull them out anytime, so you really get the most bang for your buck when you're buying resources.
There are lots of themes you can use all year in your speech therapy sessions, and today I'm going to share all of my favorite ocean themed books, games, songs, and toys for speech therapy!
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea: This preschool book for speech therapy has such a great flow to it - and it's repetitive! The rhyming text and bright pictures are so engaging. There is also a tonne of ocean themed related vocabulary and a different verb on each page so you can engage your students to move!. Listen to the story on Youtube HERE.
Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark: This twist on the classic Three Little Pigs is such a hit with students. I use this book for compare/contrast (to Three Little Pigs), f and sh sounds, varying prosody, and story retell. Listen to it on Youtube HERE.
Shark Bite is a quick turn taking game and it's actually one of my favorite speech therapy games! My Game and Toy Companions make it super easy to target sooo many speech therapy goals (there are over 35+ games and toys included and over 60 goals you can target).
You can mix and match the goals and games and use this resource all year long!
Melissa and Doug Underwater Adventure Magnetivities Set: I had been looking for an ocean play set FOREVER and was so happy when I found this one! You can create different underwater scenes and use the pieces for pretend play! You can target so many goals while playing with this toy such as grammar, following directions, pronouns, and spatial concepts.
Bath Time Toys and Water: You might get a little wet but this is a super fun and engaging activity! There is such a huge variety of ocean bath toys available (my favorite are ones that you can squeeze water out of!). You can target so many verbs with water play (splash, soak, spray) and concepts!
Melissa and Doug Ocean Creature Magnetic Puzzle: I often use puzzles for so much more than what they are intended for! I love this puzzle so much because it comes with a magnetic wand. You can place the creatures around the room, have the student 'catch' them and bring them back to the puzzle board. This is an easy way to get some movement into your therapy session and extend the activity time.
These super simple songs have repetitive lyrics, which make them perfect for little learners. You can use them to work on word shapes, verbs, and simple vocabulary.
Play Based Boom Deck: Let's go to the beach! This interactive Boom Deck has a variety of different play scenarios (and ideas) to get your student's imaginations brewing with ideas. You can follow the child's lead and target a variety of goals (ideas included!)
Fintastic Fish Maker: This free game for speech therapy allows students to create their own fish! You get to customize the color and shape of the fish, making it great for requesting, sentence expansion, compare/contrasting, and describing!
My Thematic Sensory Bin Product has over 30 themes - and includes Ocean and Mermaid themes!
Each theme comes with a Sensory Bin Cover, Legend, and pieces to put in your sensory. You can create over 30 sensory bins with this one product!
You can create either mini sized Sensory Bins (perfect for on the go therapists) or full size Sensory Bins! These are perfect for your preschool speech therapy sensory bin activities!
HANDS ON ACTIVITIES
Play Dough Rescue: Hide ocean creatures in balls of play dough! Get your students to dig them out. You can also make ocean 'stamps' in the play dough using your ocean creatures.
Make a Handprint Octopus! You can write the child's targets on the tentacles or incorporate them into the process of making the craft. (e.g. s-blends: snip, smile, stick / verbs: cut, glue, stick).
Ocean Mini Object Scene: This is one of the 90 Mini Object Scenes in my Mini Object Scenes. Pair with any small manipulatives (mini erasers, pom poms, play dough) to create scenes.
It includes visuals for wh-questions, spatial concepts, and describing. You can use it to target so many speech and language iep goals!
This combination of activities will allow you to use an ocean theme with your entire caseload to target expressive language, receptive language, wh-questions, articulation, and more!!
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