Looking for some last minute speech therapy activities for Valentine’s Day? I’ve got you covered with some of my favorite past valentine speech therapy activities and two new freebies!
Valentine Speech Therapy: Cupids Arrow: Blow dart Game
Technically, it is Cupid’s blow dart but that doesn’t sound nearly as festive. I’ve got a really fun activity that I’ve been using in therapy all week. I has seen a version of this activity on kidsactivityblog.com. Check it out HERE.
My clients love anything that involves crumpling things up, knocking things over or throwing things, so I knew I wanted to use this in therapy. I was at the store and saw some pink cotton swabs and thought it would be a fun way to use this as a Valentine’s day activity.
What do you need
- Cotton Swabs
- A target (optional)
I love stacking cup games, so I picked up these cute Valentine’s day cups at Target. They were too sturdy for the cotton swabs though. They didn’t know over when I was playing. Perfect for practicing frustration tolerance.
I still have a lot of leftover stickers from my scrapbooking days, so I used these on some pails from a dollar store to set up buckets for points. I didn’t have a zero sticker-so I just made the last bucket be a nine. Perfect for incorporating math into your sessions AND teaching that cool finger Math trick for multiplying nines in your speech room.
Students place the cotton swab in the front of the straw and then blow it out. It’s really fun. You can usually get 2-3 blows per cotton swab-but then the cotton starts to loosen and they got stuck in the straws I purchased.
Here are some ideas for using this game in therapy:
- Reinforcing game-students have to say the number of points based on what bucket they get it in. If they don’t get it in a bucket, they have to say the word or answer 10 questions.
- Simple points game-add up the points to see who wins
- Receptive identification. Put picture cards on the opposite ends of the table or room. The student has to blow the dart at the correct picture.
I hope you enjoy this activity and have a great Valentine’s Day!
Valentine Speech Therapy: Bologna hearts
People generally have strong feelings about bologna. I remember my first bologna sandwich. I’m pretty sure it was on Wonder bread with one slice of bolonga and my name written in mustard on it. The best part of these sandwiches was that when you placed your finger down it would leave little finger imprints on the sandwich.
I haven’t eaten bologna in years due to the questionable health benefits. But I’m not disgusted by it. The smell reminds me of my childhood. (I’m pretty sure I used to lick bologna before I would put it on my sandwich…I was kind of an odd kid growing up.) I use it in feeding therapy because it’s an easy food to cut into shapes. It’s also an easy food to manage because it requires minimal chewing and forms into a bolus quite easily.
I found this recipe for a Bologna Valentine on the website: Makelearningfun.com.
Make Learning Fun is one of my GO-TO websites for quick and motivating activities to work on sequencing and a variety of other goals. My favorite section is the visual recipes.
Here’s how we used it in Speech Therapy this week:
First we started by reviewing the recipe and deciding what materials we needed.
We worked on attributes + nouns:
- wet bologna, dry pretzels
- sticky cheese
- tiny pieces
- Salty pretzel
- Sharp cookie cutters
- Put on
- Push down
- pretzel stick
- sticky cheese
- still (e.g. I still need a cookie cutter to cut the bologna)
- Can I have
- Do you have
- Could I
- May I have
- Would you mind (if I ate your whole snack?)
- Can we just (make the snack and stop cuing me for speech targets?)-no.
Valentine’s Day Speech Therapy: Silly Story Fill-ins
Mad Libs® fill in stories are some of my favorite activities to target articulation carryover. I designed some words lists a few years ago that I use with traditional Mad Libs® products. Maybe it’s just me, but I had a few Mad libs® booklets laying around the house. If you are like me and have these, just make sure to check through you Mad libs stories to make sure you don’t have any adult oriented Mad Libs examples in there. Has anyone else brought Mad libs to happy hour? So fun!
It’s easy to provide differentiated instruction. You can use the lists for:
Have your students read through the word lists provided to practice single word productions. You can also use these lists to work on imitation.
- Have your students repeat sentences from the silly stories.
- Have students choose 3-5 words per list to define using the targeted word.
- Have students generate sentences for the word lists.
Have your students retell the story to a peer using the targeted vocabulary.
Because I seriously love you so much, I have TWO Valentine’s Day Silly Story Fill-in freebies that I am sharing with you. Both are /k/ and /g/ lists and feature 3-4 silly stories (President’s day, Valentine’s Day, Bus Ride and Speech Therapy). If you have mixed groups, I’ve also included student friendly vocabulary definitions for the pictured articulation stories. Just click on the pictures below to pick up your free copies!
If you pick either of them up, I’d love to hear what you thought! Plus as an extra special Valentine’s day gift, comment below with what your favorite type of Valentine’s Day candy is. I’ll pick one winner on a Friday to receive all of my silly stories products that I’ve made so far!