Favorite Thanksgiving Apps for Speech-Language Therapy



I often use apps to supplement speech-language therapy. I work primarily with preschool and elementary aged children, and I've found a lot of fun apps to use over the years!


Here are my favorite (free or low cost) Thanksgiving apps:

  • Summary: This is a super simple app. Simply "high five" your iPad to create a turkey, then decorate away! You could use this to disguise your turkey (and talk about WHY a turkey might want a disguise around Thanksgiving). Name your turkey, then add leaves and rake them up. You can even watch a stampede (a turkey parade of sorts) cross the screen once you're done. This activity may be best paired with a book about a turkey in disguise, such as Turkey Trouble.
  • Therapy Targets: Verbs (smack/hit, high five, rake), parts of a whole (turkey vocabulary), reasoning/inferencing (why would a turkey want to dress up in a disguise?).

  • Summary: This is a puzzle app with 4 free puzzles, each with 9 pieces. It allows you to change the ease of the puzzle by adding (or removing) a background picture of the finished puzzle and by adding (or removing) the outline of the puzzle pieces. It even plays a cute animation when the puzzle is completed! The paid version includes 12 puzzles, the option to change how many puzzle pieces (9-24 piece options). 
  • Therapy Targets: Requesting pieces, core words "more", "want", "my turn", "your turn", etc.,  combining words/expanding utterances, Thanksgiving themed vocabulary.

  • Summary: Create your own Thanksgiving feast with this fun app! Don't let the $1.99 price tag deter you-- this is my favorite app for Thanksgiving. Prepare a main dish (turkey, ham, goose, roast, beef, lamb), salad (cranberry, carrot-raisin *ew, no thanks, ambrosia), bread (rolls, cornbread),  sides (mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, mac-n-cheese, dressing), and a dessert (pie, cake, pudding). My favorite part is that the food is NOT clip-art... they use real pictures! At the end, serve the food and enjoy!
  • Therapy Targets: Thanksgiving food vocabulary (including TONS of ingredients), following directions (first put ___ in the bowl, then mix), verbs (mix, pour, squeeze, pinch, tap, tilt, zest, crack, swirl, steam, serve, bake, etc.), life skills (kitchen practice with real pictures and kitchen vocabulary).

  • Summary: Time to make a pie! Follow simple recipes to make the pie of your dreams. Choose from a variety of pies to bake, each with a recipe included. Make the crust (from scratch, or go with pre-made), mix your filling, bake, and enjoy! Making pie is ALWAYS a hit.
  • Therapy Targets: Cooking vocabulary (including different types of ingredients), following directions (first put ___ in the bowl, then mix), verbs (mix, pour, squeeze, tap, slice, crack, swirl, serve, bake, etc.), life skills (kitchen practice with real pictures and kitchen vocabulary).

What apps did I miss? What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving apps for speech-language therapy?



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