Articulation Activities

 

Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapy
Try These 12 Game Ideas Today…

Would your articulation activities benefit from a little livening up?  As SLPs we need to support our students to achieve as many trials of the target as possible, without resorting to drill, drill, drill!

And now in 2020, we have the additional challenge of remote learning to add to the mix. You need to be able to recommend practical and affordable home practice ideas for your families. I try to stick to those that use everyday toys and games or even regular household items. So I have created a bank of articulation activity ideas that are low cost, low stress and make drills more fun for everyone!

Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists

The printable articulation cards that are featured in this post are available for purchase as a PDF download in my store. Easy prep and with both full color and black line options, they cover all 24 speech sounds in initial, medial and final word position.

Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists

 

 

Easy Articulation Activities

Articulation Treasure Hunt

Many of my little ones are extremely motivated by small trinkets or “treasures” as a reward for correct productions. These don’t need to be items to keep, just something fun to find. Try hiding counters underneath that you can quickly count up at the end and “wow” over just how many great words they said today!

Gather your motivators and hide them under any small containers (plastic party cups/bowls work perfectly for this activity.) Place an articulation card on top of each and let your students get to work. When they’ve said the target word correctly, they can lift the cup and check underneath. If you do want to give a prize to keep then mini¬†erasers are perfect and come in so many cute designs!
Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists

Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists

 

Articulation Sensory Bin Activity

Sensory bin activities are a fun way to hide articulation drills in play! Here we’ve used split peas, but you can use any dry, non-sticky material such as beans, rice, or even sand (if you don’t mind the mess of course!) Keep little hands busy and have them dig for their targets…makes the work fun & functional doesn’t it?!

Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists

 

Construction Articulation

We’ve all got building blocks of some sort lying around. Legos work great but the stacking blocks are fun too. Have your students take turns practicing their sounds while stacking or fitting the pieces together. If your kids are anything like mine, it could be hard to get them to stop ….you could end up building an entire city!Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists

Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists

Mr Potato Head Speech Therapy

This guy is always greeted with a smile in my speech room! Help your spud buddy get dressed while practicing target sounds. For each correct production they get a piece to fit on. These articulation cards are the perfect size to fit inside too so if you want to squeeze in some extra productions, hide a few in there to be found at the end as a surprise!

Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists

 

Top Tip for Articulation Quick Drill – an Easy Way to 100 Trials!

It’s important to keep your students engaged and having fun with therapy. Toys and games are perfect for that. But if you find the activity is too slow paced for you to fit in enough trials inside a short session or practice, here is how I squeeze those extra ones in…Every so often in between the play, especially if we have hit on a card I want to get more repetition on, I will ask my student to “give me 5” of these. I hold up my closed fist and we do a quick drill of 5 words and I raise a finger for each correct production until I get to the high 5 (or virtual high 5!) position. It’s quick and easy with no extra prep and the little ones get used to getting it done so we can go back to play. I don’t get the fuss that can go with a request for a longer drill and a minute or so later I’ll squeeze in another five. Great practice and they hardly notice. That simple technique works great for telehealth sessions too!

Thank you for reading, I hope you have found some useful ideas to brighten up your articulation drill. Don’t forget,if you haven’t done so already you can CLICK HERE to pick up a copy of my “Feed the Monkey” articulation game. Along with the adorable monkey and banana cutouts, you will get 15 full color articulation cards for /s/.

The kids really “go ape” for this little guy.

Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists

As you will see in the images below, you can use just about any toy or game you already have in your game closet or speech room to have some fun and play as you practice! For more fun Speech Therapy ideas, games and tips, head over and join me in the Teaching Talking Facebook Group. I’d love to welcome you on in and share more ideas!

Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists
Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists
Quick & Easy Articulation Activities
Quick & Easy Articulation Activities
Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists
Quick & Easy Articulation Activities for Speech Therapists

The printable articulation cards that are featured in this post are available for purchase as a PDF download in my store. Click here to pick up your copy now!