Therapy Roundup–Keys, Smoothies and Mittens

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Let’s see what was happening in my room this week!


I have a couple of new fronters (using a t/k and d/g error pattern).  This is something I enjoy working on because the kids generally get it fairly quickly and it make such a huge impact on their intelligibility. You can see where I usually start in this post here, but today I’m sharing another one of our early /k/ activities.  I bought a bunch of fancy keys at Lowes several years ago. (You could probably cajole an employee into saving some of the “mistake” keys for you.) We do hunts around the room or I’ll put them under the lids from Lids and Lizards (adding in a few empty ones) and just focus on saying “key.” Since keys are usually a grown-up item, my little ones are so excited to play with these!

mitten book

For my preschool groups I planned to read “The Mitten Tree,” match sets of mittens/gloves and make our own mitten tree. I thought I was so clever. I knew my little guys wouldn’t be able to clip two mittens on the same clothespin so I tied two clothespins together (this would also make decorating the tree easy-peasy).

clothespinsWhat I didn’t anticipate was the immense tangle the clips would get into. WARNING: If you ever make sets of clothespins like this, you have to clip them across from one another on a strip of cardboard or you will find yourself sweating and panicked in front of a group of very excited little people who want their turn. Right. Now. Can I now? Do you have one now? Why does he get one? Can I help?

mitten tree

Live and learn.  Anyway, I had twelve sets of inexpensive gloves and mittens in a big bag. After we read the story, the kids would reach in, pick one out and look at all the gloves we’d pulled out so far. If there was a match, they clipped the pair to a set of clothespins and draped it over the toy highchair we had designated as our “tree.”  They loved this. We also tried on the gloves at the end (just like the kids in the book).

neds head

My phonological process kiddos had the chance to reach into Ned’s head and pull out 4 syllable food items. Have you ever noticed how many of these there are?! (potato chips, pepperoni, cauliflower, watermelon, avocado, macaroni, calamari (alas, I can’t find toy calamari), sausage patty (used a hamburger patty for this), chicken biscuit (didn’t have this one, but I wish I did!), blueberry pancake, maple syrup, peanut butter, salad dressing, sprinkle donut (sprinkle IS a flavor), chocolate donut, asparagus, chili pepper, sweet potato, pomegranate (didn’t have this either, but I love them in real life), butternut squash–phew!)


We also had a cutting/gluing activity where we made fruit smoothies. Each of the fruits was a three syllable word, add “smoothie” and you’re up to five. This (free) worksheet is in my virtual therapy closet for subscribers. Be sure to download your copy!

action articulation

Finally, I had a couple of kiddos working with Action Articulation. I use these to facilitate carry-over (they have to repeat the sentence) and get some of their energy out!

Have a good weekend! Let me know if you’re enjoying the additional post!




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