This week we had lots of fun targeting articulation of /sp/ blends and got in tons of language too with the Itsy Bitsy Spider.
I absolutely love using rhymes, stories, and songs in therapy. Yes, we sing a LOT!
Here are the activities I planned for my preschool groups. If you recall, I have two larger pre-k groups (8 and 6 currently) with two-hour sessions of therapy. Boy, do we get lots packed into those two hours! No worries, if you do traditional small groups, you’ll find any of these activities are great for shorter sessions too. Bonus… it will help you have several sessions planned!
Itsy Bitsy Spider by Keith Chapman
We started off reading the Itsy Bitsy Spider by Keith Chapman. I love this book! The little spider gets blown away and lands on all the animals in the farm, before finding his way back home to Mama. The book has a raised, glittery strand of web silk for the children to touch. It’s very cool.
Great motivational activity!
After our circle time, the children go to centers in my therapy room. “Teacher Time” is with me! We practiced our /sp/ words and the children got to put a sparkly spider on the web for each one. For those at the sentence level, we practiced “My spider goes on this spot.” or He’s spinning a web.”
We also described the spiders and talked about the concepts of large and small, more and most.
The kids absolutely loved this! I found the web and the glittered spiders at the dollar store. Check the Halloween clearance aisle!
Next, we did following directions and prepositions. “Find the spider at the top of the spout. Color him purple. Find the spider on the web. Color him green.” Everything is more fun with dot markers, but crayons are fine too.
Objects or bugs in gelatin
My assistant did this great activity with the kids- ooey, gooey sensory fun! This little guy is a bit reluctant to reach in and pull out a toy. We needed to prep the gelatin the night before. Okay, I admit it- we meant to put bugs in the gelatin, but forgot to bring them home, so we improvised. It’s amazing what that spider will eat! The kids say “Feed the spider a _____.”
Back at circle time again, we watched this YouTube video, Spider in the Bath. It is so cute. I stop it as it plays and ask questions. It’s great for “where?” questions, as that spider gets in all kinds of places! I am lucky enough to have a smartboard, but it would still be fine on a laptop or tablet. Click the caption to go the link.
Next time… our second session with spiders. My kids were definitely up for more. They love anything a bit creepy, crawly! See you then.