Songs and fingerplays will brighten up your winter preschool speech therapy sessions.
Why not learn about winter in your speech therapy session with songs, fingerplays and movement activities to engage your littles? Bonus- you’ll boost their learning in multiple ways.
What speech and language areas can you target with songs and fingerplays?
Tips for using songs and fingerplays for language development
- Repetition: Look for repetitive songs providing multiple opportunities to practice. Don’t present the song or fingerplay just once. Enjoy the same one multiple times in a session and over several sessions.
- Pacing: If you are following along with a video to present the song, be sure to choose a video with a slightly slower pace. Many are too fast for our language-delayed students to keep up.
- Pre-teach the words and motions at a slower pace.
- Visuals: Use pictures, story-telling pieces or other visuals.
|Use visuals when teaching winter vocabulary like this set:
Snowmen at Night Book Companion.
Here are my picks: 14 winter songs and fingerplays for preschool speech therapy.
Snowflakes from Teach Preschool
10 Little Snowflakes from the Teaching Mama. I love this song because it repeats snowflakes with lots of s-blend practice (One little, two little three little snowflakes), and each verse ends by saying where the snowflake is: On my tongue, on my hat…. great for where questions too.
Snowflake, Snowflake action song by Intellidance is wonderful! Watch the video demonstration of the song and actions with dance-like moves.
The Snowman from Teach Preschool
Dr. Jean Warren is always a treasure of great songs and fingerplays!
I’m a Little Penguin by Dr. Jean Warren on the Preschool Express. This is sung to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot” and I love the action words waddle, dive and swim for acting out as you sing!
Hibernating Bear by Dr. Jean Warren on the Preschool Express is sung to “Up on the Housetop”. Winter is a great time to teach the position concepts of “inside” and “outside”. The bear goes inside his cave. Who goes inside when it’s cold? Who is outside?
I See Shadows by Dr. Jean Warren is fun for Groundhog’s Day in February. Some are short and scary, some are tall! Perfect segway to a lesson on short and tall.
Lights, camera, music! Videos of Winter Songs
I’m a little Snowman by Super Simple Songs has a nice slow pace for our little language learners and repeats the simple verse several times. Love that for helping children learn and participate.
Fingerplays, Poems and Chants
Here’s a Hill shared by theholidayzone.com is a fun little action rhyme about zooming down a hill on your sled.
The Mitten Chant from the Teaching Mama. This fingerplay includes describing words: snug, fuzzy, warm and colorful. Work on describing and categories after the chant. What else is soft? Fuzzy? Yes no questions: Is a shovel fuzzy? A cat?
The Mitten Chant also has singular mitten and plural mittens. A great jumping off point to talk about plurals. the concept of a pair, winter wear and winter activities. You need two mittens in the winter. What else do you wear two of? (boots, earmuffs, socks, skates, skis)
Preschool Express has many great songs and fingerplays. Two more favorites:
The Snowman by Dr. Jean Warren shared on the Preschool Express includes the concepts of large, middle-sized and small. Roll a snowball large, then one of middle size…
A Funny Little Snowman from the Preschool Express This cute little rhyme talks about the snowman and his carrot nose, then along came rabbit…what do you suppose? Fun for prediction and rhyming!
Snowball by Shel Silverstein shared on Goodreads is a funny little poem about a child who made himself a snowball and kept it as a pet! The absurdities are fun to talk about as you answer why questions (Why can’t you keep a snowball as a pet? Why was the bed wet?) and predict what will happen!
If you’ve never read Shel Silverstein, go to the library and take out one of his books right now. Don’t wait another minute, his poems are so funny and silly and…awesome!
What’s your favorite winter song, poem or fingerplay?
If you would love songs and fingerplays for other seasons, check out these roundups:
More great winter speech therapy activities for your winter sessions:
Book companions for your favorite winter stories:
- The Mitten Book Companion- choose the print version or show it on your tablet!
- Snowmen at Night Book Companion
- Teach pronouns and s-blends with this fun cut and paste reader: I Like Skating
- 2-4 step winter picture sequencing: leveled activities with puzzles and cards Winter Sequencing Activities
- Naming to a description, inference, and rhyme: Winter Bingo Riddles
- No-Prep Winter Speech Therapy Activities- Fun and easy, print and go for any target.
- Roll your snowball than smash it flat! Winter Articulation Activities: CVC Smash Mats
- An /sk/ freebie: Who Has a Scarf?