We love to celebration Halloween in my speech therapy room. I live in the Halloween capitol of the world (self-proclaimed) so there are generally no restrictions on celebrations. I’m bringing you a round up of my favorite Halloween speech therapy activities as well as a new freebie!
Quick Halloween Speech Therapy Games:
I purchased most of these activities at my local Dollar store or dollar spot. These are all simple toss games that my clients enjoy and it allows us to work on more drill style activities (perfect for taking data at the end of a progress period.).
Halloween Speech Therapy Spider Toss:
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I found these glow in the dark spiders which makes this game even more fun if you are (*sigh* in a room without a window). If I’m feeling ambitious, I might add stickers to turn the rug into a dart board where students can earn points, or to give them the number of cards/repetitions they need to say on their turn.
We start the activity by having them try to earn “spiders.” Usually it’s get the answer/s right you get a spider, get it wrong I get a spider. (well controlled by me so I only get 1-2 spiders, of course.). Once all of the spiders have been given out, we turn off the lights and try to throw our spiders on the rug. We get points for how many spiders we get on the rug. (Strangely, mine always end up in a corner of the room. I’m a terrible thrower of spiders.
Halloween Speech Therapy Eyeball Pong:
This is a collegiate activity, so it’s legit, right? I found these eyeball pingpong palls and small cauldrons. We take turns trying to bounce the ping pong balls into the cauldron.
Halloween Speech Therapy Video Activity:
Halloween requires a lot of perspective taking skills. Children need to be able to understand how costumes work-and that the person under the costume may try to “act” like the character-but that they are really still the same person.
If you’ve worked on the Social Thinking’s the size of the problem with your students-this video activity will be right up your alley. I used Jimmy Kimmel’s “Hey Kids: I ate all of your Halloween candy” video to start talking about how children cope with bad things. Check it out HERE.
Halloween Speech Therapy Trick or Treating Practice:
This activity takes a little bit of prep on the front end-but you will use it every single year. I wanted to find a video or an app that allowed me to practice the sequence of trick or treating. I couldn’t find anything-so I made a paper craft activity that I could use in therapy. I use this to target pronouns, auxiliary forms, Halloween vocabulary, perspective taking, conversations, social skills, answering what and who questions and predicting. See how I use make and use it here:
Halloween Speech Therapy Apps and Books:
If you are looking for Halloween books-and how to use them in therapy-I’ve got you covered. Check out my post on my favorite Halloween books.
I don’t use my iPad as much in therapy anymore-but I like it when I am traveling to a different school or location. Here are my top favorite Halloween apps.
Halloween Speech Therapy Describing Activity:
Did anyone else LOVE feely boxes as a child? We would always make a Halloween scary feely box as a child-peeled grapes and spaghetti. Feely boxes are a fun way to follow up on a unit of “touch” adjectives. Last year I made a set of three feely boxes using solid colored Ziploc boxes and duct tape.
I picked up a few items at the grocery store:
- Tongue of witch: bananas
- Brains: cooked spaghetti
- Skin of troll: wet tortilla
- Skeleton fingers: carrot sticks
- Eyeballs: peeled grapes
- Monster ears: dried apricots
- Hair: angel hair pasta
- Monster teeth: popcorn kernels
- Eyelids of ghost: pepperoni
I created a set of visuals and sentence strips to target describing vocabulary (wet/dry, hard/soft, bumpy/smooth, good/bad), sentence structure and simple narratives.
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