Fall Speech & Language Activities for School-Aged Children

It's the most wonderfullllllll timeeeeeeee of the yearrrrrrrr!

Really though. If there's ever a time that I am super motivated to do fun stuff, it's fall. It's nice outside, we have so many exciting holidays (Halloween being my fav, and my birthday counts as a holiday, correct?), and life is just beautiful in the fall. Sigh. I love it.

So in spirit of the best season EVER, I decided to join in this linky by The Frenzied SLPs and tell you some of my fall plans for both speech (and I'm throwing in a little language, too).

1. Leaf Picking

This is something new I tried this year that reminds me of the therapy I would do in grad school. I bought this tree from Amazon and laminated it using the big, scary laminator we have in the teacher's lounge (okay, I recruited the teacher's aide to help me because I still am afraid to use it). I then used Aleene's Tack It Over and Over to adhere the laminated tree to my classroom wall. If ordered from Amazon, this tree comes with 64 write on/wipe off leaves, but I laminated them for extra durability against preschoolers. I used my personal laminator with thicker sheets for this. Once the leaves were laminated and cut out, I taped vocabulary words on some of them for my language kiddos. On other leaves, I taped minimal pairs. We put leaves on the tree, then picked them off (and also used words like above, under, between, top, bottom, etc) and put them in a basket. You could also use this same activity with apples instead of leaves!This was a HUGE hit. The pictures that I used came from Lessonpix.

2. Scavenger Hunt

Since the weather is so awesome right now, I am all about going outside while we have the chance. This being said, doing a fall scavenger hunt is just what the SLP ordered. For articulation, have your students find things outside that contain their target sound. For language students, have them compare/contrast found items, describe items, etc. You could also send this home with students for a more fun version of homework. This activity works year round, really. I did a spring scavenger hunt last year (again, made on LessonPix) and we all had a great time.

3. Bonfire Activity

Some of my students created a bonfire craft and decorated it with articulation words. This works well with /f/ (fire) and /s-blends/ (smoke), but really you can use any target sound you wish. We made logs, flames and smoke out of construction paper and glued them to a large sheet of black paper (for some of my younger students, I had it pre-cut so all they needed to do was glue). Then, we added articulation words to the campfire. This was a good way for us to talk about fire safety as well. I also used this activity for EET with some of my language students, where we described a bonfire using all of the elements on the strand.

4. Books, Of Course!

Room on the Broom and There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves. Books are great for articulation practice (and language too, of course). You can modify book reading to suit the word, sentence and reading levels with ease. Room on on the Broom is great for /r/ and /r-blends/ and There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves is great for /l/ and /s-blends/. These books are a major hit with my younger students.

Be sure to join in and tell your fall-themed articulation activities!


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  1. Kayla,
    I have that tree from Amazon and you gave me some great additional ideas for using it! Thanks!

  2. I love using books in articulation therapy, too! Thanks for sharing the ideas!