Monday, October 26, 2015

Spooky and Fun Halloween Language Activities



The Frenzied SLPs are back with Halloween-themed language activities.  I'm excited to share some of the treats that my private clients have enjoyed in my home office space at Naperville Therapediatrics this month!

For starters, my language lessons begin when clients step up to the front door.  The big pumpkin is usually a crowd pleaser with the younger ones while upper elementary-aged children (and most parents) love my handmade Harry Potter sign.  I often hear clients labeling and commenting about the decorations when I answer the door.



This year, I went all out in my speech room by covering my table with a Halloween plastic cloth, hanging a banner on my windows, using cardboard haunted houses to store Legos and bean bags, and filling a beverage bucket with books.  The colors and objects make the space so cheerful and most clients naturally comment and label what they see around them.  The best part is: I'm a bargain shopper so all of my reusable decorations come from the Dollar Tree or after Halloween clearance sales.



Speaking of clearance shopping, I snagged a couple door coverings at Target last year and put them to good use this past week.  The stickers remove easily if placed on the scene itself so several clients were able to enjoy this task.  We worked on following directions like, "Put five pumpkins on the fence", "Give each pumpkin and ghost a hat", "Put the bat on the moon/window" and "Put the pumpkin on the ghost."  I liked that I could work on familiar and novel commands and vary this activity to meet the needs of many clients.




As you can see from the picture below, I have a large collection of Halloween books, most of which were my son's at one time.  I incorporate language tasks using books by having clients sequence manipulatives that I have purchased from fabulous sellers like Speech Room News, Crazy Speech World, and Speechy Musings.  Having these hands-on activities while reading books dramatically improves attention, which in turn increases word ordering sentences and responding to questions about the story.



Another huge hit this year was my Styrofoam pumpkins with plastic facial parts all courtesy of the Dollar Tree.  We used this in language sessions to make requests using complete sentences like "I need a mouth" or "I want eyes."  This task was especially perfect for my young language learners using speech generating devices.  Everyone enjoyed taking these home and recreating it.  Some caregivers commented that they liked this activity so much that they purchased more pumpkins and facial parts on their own and made them with siblings at home.  I love it when something that we talk about in the speech room can be generalized to other settings!!  What a great way to practice functional and seasonal vocabulary and language skills!





Finally, we have been making a scarecrow treat to practice sequencing, commenting, and requesting.  I found this creative snack in a Pillsbury Halloween cookbook that I bought years ago when my son was a mere toddler.  You can see the steps in the images below if you want to make your own, yummy snack this week.


First, spread white icing on a vanilla cookie.
Second, shred some triscuit crackers to make straw.
Place shredded crackers on the sides of the cookie.
Add a candy corn nose.
Use chocolate chips for eyes and black icing for a mouth.
Add a gumdrop hat and then enjoy your treat!
I hope that you enjoy a not so scary, safe Halloween!  Please take a moment to check out all of the fabulous ideas in this linky by clicking on the images below.  Many thanks to our hosts Doyle Speech Works, Twin Speech Language and Literacy LLC, and All Y'all Need for organizing this venture.




19 comments:

  1. What a great post! Love your ideas! The decorating, food and therapy ideas are SPOOKtacular!

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  2. Love your home therapy space, so inviting! I know your students are gaining a great deal of language from all your thematic and creative ideas!

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  3. Love the idea of using a door covering for therapy and the scarecrow snack is perfect!!!! I would love to observe you doing therapy!

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    1. Thanks Annie! I wouldn't mind spending some quality time with you too!

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  4. LOVE the scarecrow treat and of course the foam pumpkins---I think mine is exactly the same! Great minds!!

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    1. I especially like how we both offer different language levels for the same products!

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  5. Isn't dollar tree the best place to find some awesome tx activities? Love your clever use of the halloween bins n houses for storage of materials. So festive! Also great idea for following directions task with the stickers. Clever. My favorite though, has to be the cute scarecrow cookies. Love love love! Great ideas. Thanks

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    1. Thanks for the thoughtful feedback! Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  6. What a cute scarecrow! And I am definitely trying foam pumpkins next year.
    All Y’all Need

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  7. I love the scarecrow treats Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Okay, I wanna come play at your therapy office! What great pix. Happy Halloween!

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  9. Oh wow, your doorstep is beautiful! All your activities look like so much fun. Maybe we should celebrate Halloween for a couple more weeks?!

    Abby
    Schoolhouse Talk

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    1. Thanks Abby! It's funny, every year I take out my Halloween materials a week earlier than the last and I still cannot get everything in by 10/31!!

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  10. The scarecrow is super cute! I'm going to have to remember to check out the dollar store next year for the foam pumpkins. Adorable!

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