Lots of Pros

I had a real “a-ha!” moment a few months ago when a couple, seemingly disparate favorites of mine, coincided.  A real peanut-butter, chocolate moment and who couldn’t use more of those?


First, a very quick push for yogurt and specifically the probiotics found in yogurt–magical healing properties and delicious.  I bore my own children to tears.  Needless to say acquiring a rather large batch of lids from Stonyfield smoothies is not hard for me to do.  If you are, inexplicably, not inclined toward yogurt drinks most (individual) juice and sports water lids  are approximately the same size.


Second, Webber’s Jumbo Articulation Drill Book on CD is a staple in most speech rooms, and it should be.  I love that it’s organized with pictures, then word lists plus phrases and sentences.  Although, I must say, if I were to simply drill kids with these sheets on a regular basis I’d be ready for the loony bin.  My patience with boring is not so good.  I have decks of articulation cards for the more popular sounds, but Webber fills in the holes for me and I like to use the little pics for crafts/games.


So, here we go:




Stoneyfield smoothie or juice lids (about a dozen, cleaned)


Webber’s Jumbo Articulation Drill Book on CD


To Assemble:


Find your target sound in the picture format in Webber’s.  You will want four pages of targets.  When you go to print, select “4 pages” under “Pages to print” in the Zoom section or paper save section of the print box when it shows up.  This means that you will have all four pages print on one regular sized sheet of paper.  Cut out the pictures you want, being sure not to cut them too small.


Without using any adhesive, stick the square, paper picture on the inside of the lid.  The little screw top ridges will hold it in place.


To Play:


Now you’re ready for all sorts of creative games!  Here are a few examples:


1.  Designate one picture as the “treasure” or put a star sticker or picture under one lid.  Turn all the lids upside down and mix them up.  Have the child pick a lid and say the target a few times.  When they find the special lid, you can give them a silly direction (“do three jumping jacks” or “tell me your best joke”) or, if you’re brave, let them give you one.


2.  How are you with sleight of hand?  I have this vision of showing the underside of 3-4 lids, telling them to watch closely for a designated picture, flipping them over and dramatically switching them around.  Ask the child where the designated target is.  Of course, they need to label whatever is turned over as you go.


3.  Add points to the pictures and add them up as they flip the lids.  Set a target for how many points they are trying to achieve.


4.  Of course, you can put doubles of pics under the lids and play “memory”.


5.  Use in conjunction with bingo boards and use lid flipping as a way to determine “bingo” selections (and you can use a Webber sheet as a bingo board–how quick is that?)


Because the pictures are simply placed inside the lids, it’s quick and easy to switch them out even during a game.  For example, maybe you are using the lids more for drill.  Start with 10-12 targets.  You can have the child guess at what might be under the lid.  When they flip it over and say what it is you can remove the picture and replace it with another (if they produced it correctly) or leave it if you feel it warrants another attempt in the array.


I have another exciting activity for these up my sleeve that I’ll share on Thursday.  In the meantime, don’t keep a lid on these ideas.  Take a moment to comment or tweet! 





This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Michelle Farley

    I was so excited to get this post in my email this morning! I’m a senior undergrad in CSD, working as a pharmacy technician until I begin grad school in August. I recently started saving lots of the medication lids we throw away every day to repurpose for use in therapy. Thanks for the great ideas!

    1. admin

      Those will be perfect! Keep saving, I’ve got a couple other ideas for them! Kim

  2. Carol

    I have done the same sort of thing with the millions of milk bottle caps I accumulated (We have a milk man who brings milk in glass bottles!). I made a “cap launcher” by cutting off the top of a balloon and duct taping the balloon onto a short tube (I used part of a tennis ball can). Place the bottle cap with artic pic inside the tube, pull back on the neck of the balloon and it will launch your cap toward a target ( garbage can, monster mouth, basketball hoop). I store the caps in more tennis ball cans to keep everything neat and easy to find.

  3. Carol Rickey

    You can do the same with Snapple lids or any of the metal lids and print your pix on magnetic paper. I roughed up my lids with a little bit of sanding and then used a funky green spray paint to cover the outsides. I used magnet backed paper (you can purchase it at WalMart for approx. $6 – Avery makes it) and I’m lucky enough to have Boardmaker so I picked the pix I wanted and sized them according to the lids and put them in circle shapes so I could cut them out more easily. With the Boardmaker pix you can do verbs, nouns, adjectives, etc. and hit those language goals too!

    1. admin

      Love it! Thanks for sharing! Kim PS I guess it boils down to taste preferences–use what you’ve got 🙂

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