I love me some spring therapy activities - I think it's because after a long and cold winter - it's finally warm! I love celebrating the warmer weather starting in March and going all the way through May!
Spring is such a versatile theme to use in speech therapy because you can incorporate weather, insects, plants, farm animals, and more. I'm going to share some of my favourite books, toys, songs, and preschool activities about spring! These activities can be used both during in-person sessions as well as during speech teletherapy sessions (with a little bit of creativity!)
Pipe cleaner Flowers : A fine motor activity that can be used to target concepts in/on, short/tall, round/pointy, following directions, sequencing, and requesting.
Cereal Rainbow Craft : A free craft template! All you need is glue, paper, and some colourful cereal. A great way to work on concepts above/below and same/different!
Editable Spring Board Game - Free!: Print and go! Simply add your student's targets to the game board for an easy and low prep therapy activity.
Honeybee Tree: This quick turn taking game It is also a fun way to incorporate fine motor skills into your session. I love to pair it with my Game Companions (there are over 30+ games and 60 goals making it an ultimate mix and match therapy resource you can use alllll year - not just in the spring!).
Cootie: This fun little bug offers endless possibilities for language goals - sequencing, following directions, compare/contrast, spatial concepts and more! Check out this blog post for ideas for how to use him!
Fillable eggs: Fill Easter eggs with mini items (erasers, toys - anything that fits!). Kids love the element of surprise. You can hide them around the room, throw them in a sensory bin, or use them with people figurines (like Little People) to create play scenarios!
Egg Race!: Use Plastic spoons and toy eggs to race. Use different actions, like run, jump, walk, skip, and crawl to work on verb tenses and concepts such as slow/fast.
Need a list of theme related words to target during these activities? Check out my Themed Articulation Word Lists that include a variety of nouns, verbs, and adjectives to make your therapy planning easy!
Little Bee! Don't Sting Me! : This interactive and hands on repetitive story is filled with early word shapes, making it perfect for little learners and kids with Apraxia of Speech. Your students will have so much fun flying the bee around and making it 'sting' the characters.
Butterfly, Butterfly! Where do you Fly? : This book was created to target three syllable words and has ample opportunities to do so on each page. You can also target spatial concepts! Allow your students to have control in your sessions by choosing the butterfly to complete each page.
Too Many Carrots : This is a great book for story retell and answering wh-questions. You can also use it to target concepts of sharing and friendship.
Spring! Spring! What a Wonderful Thing!: Gross Motor Story : Get kids up and moving with this rhyming and repetitive story. Each page follows a rhyming patter and features a spring related it verb, making it perfect to target vocabulary, phonological awareness, and verb tenses.
Tap the Magic Tree : One of my favourites for following directions because the directions and inherent in the text. Your students won't even know they're learning and working.each page.
Where is Ladybug? Ladybug Prepositions - Free: A cute boom deck for little learners working on spatial concepts.
Going on a Bug Hunt: Interactive Song - Free! - You can use this song as a break, to target utterance expansion, and vocabulary.
Ultimate Build-It BOOM card - features a variety of "Building" Items that you can use for Spring and MORE! I love to use the bunny, the butterfly, and ladybug for a Spring Theme!
SENSORY BINS & SONGS:
My Thematic Sensory Bin Product has over 30 themes - and includes a Spring and Easter theme. Both can be used for your preschool speech therapy sensory bin activity!
These songs are all available on YouTube and have fun and playful tunes - perfect for your preschoolers! I like to listen to the song TWO times. The first time we listen and the second time I pause the song to allow my students to fill in the blanks. These are also easy to send for homework to promote carryover.
HANDS ON ACTIVITIES:
These mini object scenes are perfect to use in Spring (and year round, since there are over 90 scenes and a TONNE of different themes). You can pair them with any mini object.
Don't have mini objects? Don't worry - kids love using pom poms, rocks, coins, and game pieces. One of my favorite tips is to pair these scenes with game pieces!
Also make sure to check out my Spring WH Questions to get a tonne of practice with who questions, what questions, where questions, and when questions.
You can print them task box sized for the on-the-go or full page!
Pair with mini objects, bingo dabbers, bingo chips, or dry erase markers for hands on fun!