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A Back to School Speech Therapy Backpack Craft Freebie

Welcome students with this back to school speech therapy craft! bright orange and yellow paper backpack craft from Speech Sprouts. Kids can write their speech goals or what their favorite thing is about school on the white tag. From Speech Sprouts

Back to school is a great time to review speech therapy goals with your students.

So why not start your year off with this fun backpack craft? Your first few back-to-school speech therapy sessions are a great time to ensure that students have a clear understanding of what they’re working on in speech therapy.

When someone asks my student “What do you do in speech?” I hope they can say “I work on___ .” That’s so much better than the typical answer, “We play games.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love using motivational games, but students need to know why they’re coming to see me each week! Knowing what they’re working towards helps students get more focused, more invested and gives them a greater sense of accomplishment when they make progress.

Welcome your students in style with this fun back to school speech therapy backpack craft.

You’ll need two colors of paper to make your backpack. I used construction paper for the backpack and bright fluorescent paper to add some punch to the backpack straps.
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Here are the steps to make your backpack craft. Pretty simple!

  1. Download the free backpack craft templates for this activity in my TPT store.
  2. Print the Welcome Back to Speech label on white paper
  3. Print the Name label in a fun color if you like, to match the straps.
  4. Cut out 2 straps per student of the brightly colored paper. I made mine about 1 1/2 inches wide and the length of the paper. (I’ve included a printable template page for the straps, or you can just cut your own.)
  5. Cut out a skinny strap about 6″ long and 3/4 of an inch wide.
  6. Round the top two corners of your construction paper with your scissors.

OK, Now it’s time to put your backpack together!

Simple directions for a FREE back to school backpack speech therapy craftivity with a purpose! #speechtherapy #backtoschoolcraft
  1. Glue the Welcome Back and Name Labels as shown.
  2. Fill in your labels as you discuss each student’s goals. Have them verbalize what they are working on, and write it if they are able.
  3. Glue one end of the long strap to the back of the backpack as shown. give it a twist (see the completed backpack below) and glue the end to the back of the backpack.
  4. Glue the top loop on, give this one a twist also.
Tip: If you are using white glue you may need to let the strap dry at the top before you twist it. (I used a glue stick and didn’t need to wait.)

There are two versions of the Welcome Back to School Label

The download includes a choice of two labels: A “My Speech Goals” label and a “My Favorite Things about School” label.  This makes the craft extra versatile and gives you the option for some great conversation and helps you get to know your students.
It also makes it terrific for your teacher friends to enjoy too. If you have a friend who would like this craft, please don’t share the file, just send them to this post or my store to download the file for themselves. Thanks so much!
TIP: Be sure to pin this post to Pinterest so you can easily find it again next year when you are ready for a back-to-school activity!
FREE! A colorful backpack paper craft to welcome your speech therapy students back to school and teach them about their speech and language therapy goals. #speechsprouts #backtoschool #speechtherapy #backtoschoolcraft
Download this Back to School activity in my store HERE.
If you enjoy this craft, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave feedback in my store when you download it! I read each and every comment, and appreciate it greatly.

Looking for more great activities for your back to school speech therapy sessions?

You’ll want to check out these popular activities:

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Back to School Language with Mandala Coloring Pages

Happy Back to School!

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