Like most of you, we’ve already had a couple of snow days this year. Blame it on my students. At the urging of our school librarian, the students have been sleeping in inside-out pajamas with a spoon under their pillows, after flushing an ice cube down the toilet. Apparently, that’s a surefire method of assuring a snow day, although where that bit of folk wisdom originated is anyone’s guess. We are in a bit of a thaw now but, as this is early January, I’m predicting that it won’t last. Well, snow or no snow, we can still have plenty of winter fun in the speech room!
One activity that incorporates naming, describing, grammar, and fine motor skills is my snowmen worksheet. Using crayons, markers, sticker sets from Current, Inc. (12 for just $2.39; better still, get 3% back on your order by going through Ebates), or a combination of all three, have students decorate the big and little snowmen, then talk about them. You can download the free worksheet on my TPT page.
To get the students up and moving, have a snowball fight! This is how I’m doing it. I found this adorable snowman with snowballs on a half-price sale at Boscov’s (sadly, no longer available), but you can get one at Amazon for $15.98 or make your own using a colorful bucket or basket and styrofoam balls. Each student in turn performs his/her speech/language task 5 times, throwing a snowball into the hat after each repetition. Score is kept on how many shots are successful. At the end of the session, we tally up the points to see who won the snowball fight.
Another game we play is called “Snowflake Melt.” I found these great sparkly foam snowflakes at JOANN Fabrics (36 large snowflakes for $7.99, then half-off with a coupon). I’ve written verbs and adjectives on the back of most of them, but a handful have the word MELT written on them. Students take turns selecting a snowflake from a pile (words are face-down). Depending on their IEP goals, I may have them give an antonym or synonym, give a different verb tense, or use the word in a sentence — making this ideal for mixed artic and language groups. They can keep any snowflakes they select….until they get one that says MELT. Then, all of their snowflakes are returned to the pile, mixed up, and the game continues. The student with the most snowflakes at the end of the session wins.
For more fun winter therapy ideas, check out the blog posts of Cindy Meester and Diana Quinn. I’ll be adding these activities to my winter bag of tricks, too. This should keep us plenty busy until Spring!