I rounded up free Christmas ideas and resources that are easy for you to share in teletherapy this December.
This year, 2020 has been tough y’all. You’ve learned new skills and ways to deliver our services in hurry, and you did it. I’m proud of you. You are amazing.
You’ve been very, very good, and you deserve to have some fun this month! I want you to take back some of the joy in doing therapy with your students and clients. So many of you reached out and told me how helpful my November post was: 29 Terrific FREE Thanksgiving Speech Therapy Ideas for Teletherapy. That’s why I know what to get YOU for Christmas.
I don’t want you spending hours scrambling around looking for Christmas teletherapy ideas.
So… I’ve done it for you! I hope it brings you some cheer. I want you to be able to go home on time (imagine that!) more and spend time with your family and friends.
No staying up until 1 A.M. searching online for teletherapy ideas for the next week or facing Monday morning knowing you’re going to need to wing it because there’s been no time to plan. Share this link with your friends who need ideas too… and spread the love.
So let’s get started:
Christmas books to share online for teletherapy
I always recommend getting the hard copy to read to your students, but if you don’t have one, I’ve linked some story readings on YouTube for you. The links all work at the time I’m posting this, but if you find a link later that doesn’t work, please leave a comment and let me know.
Preschool/ Kindergarten Books:
This clastic is awesome for sequencing and re-telling. Practice articulation of /r/, /k/, /f/ and s-blends with this story.
Preschoolers will love this simple Christmas book. Count the Christmas trees up to five and then count down. What sound does each animal make? Is it warm or cold outside? How do you know? Talk about describing words: big, tall, fat, short.
There’s repetition of initial /l/ in this story, making it great for older students to practice articulation while reading. Turn off the sound, and have students read it.
This story fun rhyming you expect from the “bear” books by this author. Repetition of the words “the bear stays up” provides opportunities for little ones to participate and practice s-blends. Talk about vocabulary including lair, frown, badger, fruitcake, stoop, droop, doze, quilt. Why does bear want to stay up?
Duck and Goose it’s Time for Christmas
by Tad Hills. Talk about winter actions words, negation (not), and answer What doing? questions as the book repeats “It is not time for…”(catching snowflakes, sledding, throwing snowballs, skating, making, building.)
Read by actress Chrissy Metz.
I loved this sweet story as a child! Use it for comprehension, inference, prediction and retelling for your elementary students. For instance: “Why did the Shoemaker and his wife leave presents for the elves?”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
by Dr. Seuss. I bet your students have seen the cartoon, but have they discussed the story? Great for story elements. answering questions, inference. What was Grinch’s problem? Why did he put on a Santa suit? What did he think would happen when he took Christmas from the Whos?
This adorable story tells the tall of a lovely huge Christmas tree that needs the very top trimmed to fit, and how each time that happens, someone new is delighted with it. Predict who will get the tree’s top next. Talk about rhyming words, the problem in the story, and sequencing.
Amelia Bedelia books are always great for synonyms. I love having students predict what Amelia Bedelia will do next when Mrs. Rodgers asks her to do something, and why she misunderstood.
Free Christmas Boom Cards for teletherapy
Boom cards are easy to share and interactive for kids if you can give them control on your platform. Here are a few merry freebies I found for you.
What Gift Am I Getting?
by Talkative Teachers Beginning level inferencing and naming to a description with picture support.
Online Christmas games
Slide the pieces to complete a 4-piece puzzle.
Play online or print.
Collect the Christmas Ornaments by Happy Clicks
Move the tree to collect ornaments. Great to use as a motivational activity after you practice your goals. Easy enough for your youngest students if they can move the computer mouse from side to side.
ABCya has lots of activities. Be aware that you have to wait for commercials to end before you play.
Click and drag your finger or mouse to put the Christmas lights up outside the house- then turn them on. Fun motivational activity for littles.
Decorate the Christmas tree activity
is great for readers. you can create a word search puzzle together using Christmas vocabulary target words, then create, find, and practice! If you have annotation tools, mark the words you find.
YouTube videos for Christmas
One of my favorite YouTube Channels for great preschool-kindergarten videos is Super Simple Songs. Here are some of my Christmas favorites some of the therapy targets for each:
Your youngest children will love this adorable video of a kitty cat playing peekaboo. Target articulation of syllables. Great for Where? questions too.
Five Little Elves
A simple countdown song. Target s-blends (snow), irregular plurals (elves)
10 Little Elves
targets What doing? questions, verb+ng endings (sewing, painting, sawing, hammering, wrapping, sleeping)
Up On The Housetop
targets position concepts (up, down, top) and Christmas vocabulary (stocking, sleigh, present)
targets articulation of initial /g/, /s/ and /r/ (goodbye, reindeer, Santa)
Santa, Where are You?
targets Where? questions and position concepts (under the tree, in your sleigh, on the rooftop). Target articulation /k/, /l/ and initial J (repeats look, look)
Jingle, Jingle Little Bell
would be extra fun if your student has a bell they ring as they follow along. Target articulation of /l/ (little, bell), initial /r/ (ring), J (jingle), adverbs (fast, slow) and position words (high, low).
Five Candy Canes
by the Kiboomers Targets initial /k/ (candy cane, could), SH (shook), and /g/ (good).
Christmas movement break videos for speech therapy
Get them up and moving mid-session with these:
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
is perfect to target verbs and getting a little movement in! This video targets verbs and What doing? questions (decorating, baking, clapping, jumping stomping, whispering).
More Christmas activities for teletherapy from Speech Sprouts
If you need more variety or comprehensive activities and this month that can work for both your virtual and in-person sessions, check out these resources, available in my store:
Christmas Bingo Riddles
is perfect for your virtual Christmas speech party for multiple ages. Go ahead and double or triple up your groups, with mixed ages and grades. With 30 different boards, you’ve got this. (My holiday make-up therapy secret!)
Share a Bingo Riddles board on a platform like Zoom for everyone to work on, or assign individual boards in Google Classroom. Then read the rhyming riddle clues while you work on multiple goals: inferencing, listening, naming to a description, vocabulary, and even articulation. You’ll use this every year, it’s that easy and fun!
Christmas Following Directions
is an interactive PDf that’s great for your teletherapy platform or using on a tablet in-person. This leveled activity lets students build their skills while finding the items described by 1-3 elements: color, size and object. It includes vocabulary pre-check pages and a bonus motivational tree decorating activity that works on visual memory.
Finally, No-Prep Christmas Speech Therapy Activities
is perfect for mixed groups and easy to print and go or use online with annotation tools. There are tons of activities you can use with the included Christmas questions or use it open-ended for any goal.
My Christmas wish for you…
May your December be filled with fun, stress-free speech therapy sessions and more time for you and your loved ones. Shine bright!