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Open ended free Halloween game from Looks-Like-Language!
Halloween is so much fun! Freebies make it even more so!  I hope you downloaded my free, printable worksheets for homework and that it helped you to plan for this month. I was so impressed with myself for getting ahead of the game until I double-checked the calendar and saw that there are 2 weeks left before Halloween. Nothing would do but to make another fun activity! 

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My Halloween Challenge is on! Click here to get some great ideas for Halloween speech/language therapy!

The Halloween Therapy Idea Challenge is ON!

If you saw my post earlier this month, you know the challenge is on!

Halloween Therapy Challenge- Looks-Like-Language
One experienced SLP- that would be me!
One old material- this Halloween box I purchased at Starbucks a few years ago and never used. (Yes, I do tend to keep certain things way too long!)
One new item from my recent finds at Target- that would be the number clings.

Now, for how many ways to use it!

1. Articulation in Words
Roll a die and say a word with the target sound that many times correctly to be able to open one of the boxes with the same number that was rolled. Take the cling and throw it at the room window, trying to get that number to stick in the "hoop." The hoop can be any area you define on your window.

2. Articulation in Sentences
Roll a die, then say that number of sentences using the target sound correctly to be able to take out the number cling and throw it at the window. This time, try to get the cling into the spot so that the numbers will be in correct order on the window.

3. Vocabulary
Place the target vocabulary words on slips of paper, putting one in each box. Take the next number that is still on the sheet and open up the box corresponding to that number. Give that number of details about the vocabulary word that was in the box, such as definitions, a sentence, synonyms, antonyms, part of speech, and things associated with it. If you can give the correct number of pieces of information, throw the number at our section of the window. If it falls off, it goes back on the sheet for someone else to use.

4. Inferences
Place the number cling inside the boxes, but don't worry about matching the numbers. Use the inference cards from Halloween Costume Guessing Game, Halloween Inference game, or use your own inferences. The first student to make the correct inference about what is being described gets to open the box with the matching item and take out the number cling.  Count that many students around the group to see who has the next turn.

5. Answering WH Questions
Place the number clings in a box with the matching number. The students roll the die to find out how many questions need to be answered. You ask that number of varied WH questions, on a Halloween theme (of course!) and the student gets to open the box if all of the answers were correct. If not, the next student takes a turn. The number clings wait on the table in front of the students who earned them until all of the boxes have been opened. After ready, set, go, it is a race to see who is the first student who can get all of their numbers to cling to the window first.

6. Grammar
Write varied target grammatical forms on slips of paper, putting them in the boxes. Multiples in each box are okay. The student walks to the window and takes off a number cling, then comes back to the able and opens a box with the same number. The student has to used all of the words that were in the box, along with the name of the Halloween item that is pictured on the front of the box,  in a sentence or a short story. The box stays in front of the student if all of the grammatical forms were used correctly. If not, the papers and the box go back into the haunted house, the cling goes back on the wall, and the next student takes a turn. Students try to get the most boxes in front of them to win the game.

7. Narratives
Place the number clings inside a box with a matching number. Students roll a die and choose which of the two matching Halloween characters will star in the story. If a story with your minimum number of the basic story grammar parts is told, the student opens the box, takes out the number cling and throws it at the window. Their score is the number of story parts plus the number rolled. See who has the greatest score after each student has had a turn.

8. Following spatial directions
Place the number clings randomly in the boxes (one in each box.) Give the student directions to find the pictured Halloween item that is in the cover of the box. If the students followed your directions and named the correct item, they get the number cling inside the box to throw at the window.

9. Following directions with linguistic concepts
Place a target linguistic concept in each of the boxes. Roll the die to see which box to open and take out. If the students follow your verbal direction for that concept correctly, they can throw the matching number cling at the window. If it falls off, you keep it. When all of the boxes are done, see if the students score on the window beats your score.

10. Asking WH questions 
Roll the die to see which Halloween item is to be used. The student has to ask a question whose answer will be that Halloween item, varying the question word each time. If they can ask the same number of  questions as the number they rolled, they get that number cling. Total the numbers at the end. The student whose sum is the greatest wins.

WHEW! Please don't ask me to keep going!

You may be asking, "But what if I don't have that sweet Halloween box?" Well, you could cut openings in the top of a shoebox. You could get small containers from the dollar store and use them in place of the box I have.

Freebie- Take the Halloween Therapy Idea Challenge- Looks-Like-Language
Or, you could use the cute freebie (yes, the one I so considerately made for my loyal readers out of the kindness of my heart!) and just substitute doors or windows wherever it says boxes and under where it says in.  You are on your own for the clings, although magnetic pictures (like the kind you get in the Story Grammar Toolkit) work great for tossing at a magnetic board!

I sure hope this post got your creative juices flowing and thinking about how you can use materials you have on hand for therapy! If you took the challenge, or did a little shopping of your own, please share!

4 Times as Sweet! Free Halloween Worksheets

There's a whole set of free Halloween worksheets for you if you have been following this series! If you've missed any, you can start here.
Free Halloween worksheets from Looks-Like-Language

I managed to get these all done and started early so you have time to plan before Halloween. I have to say that making these worksheets has been fun, but I only have one more set to go before my year's worth of freebies is complete! So now is your last chance to comment below if any of them have been particularly helpful to you. You never know, you might get another set of your favorites for Thanksgiving!

You can get the last worksheets here. Your younger students can have fun matching or cutting and gluing Halloween items to build categorizing skills. Enjoy!

Win the Challenge! Halloween Speech/Language Therapy Ideas

We all know that kids love games, toys and fun! They also talk and interact more when they are having fun, and isn't that what speech/language therapy is all about?  

Halloween speech/language therapy idea challenge at Looks-Like-Language
Planning for October took me to the Target dollar bins to add a little variety to my speech/language therapy toolbox, um, toy collection for Halloween and I'm excited to share my finds with you!

I actually went to find the eraser set, but I couldn't locate them at first. That got me looking at the other Halloween goodies and thinking about what I could do with them, when suddenly I found erasers! By that time, I kind of liked all of the stuff, so, of course, I bought the whole caboodle.

On my way home, this got me thinking about how my therapy planning has changed over the years. In the beginning, I started with my available prepared materials and activities, lining up quite a few to do each week. Over-planning was a necessity, just to be sure that I didn't run out of enough activities to fill therapy time.

As time went on, I collected more and more materials, worked with  a wider variety of goals, ages and handicapping conditions, and got a bit better at planning on the fly. So, while I started with materials and spent time figuring out how to elicit goals/targets with what I had available, eventually I switched to having a core set of activities available and figuring out which ones I wanted to use with specific students. I also brainstormed for groups, trying to figure out how to make an activity that was really made for one speech/language target able to be used to meet the other students' goals.

Halloween speech/language therapy idea challenge at Looks-Like-Language
All of these planning methods helped develop my skills as a therapist, and honestly, planning became easier over time.  So this is my challenge to you, wherever you are in your journey as a speech/language pathologist. Pull out all of your 'fun stuff' for Halloween. Think about all of the various ways you have used these materials in therapy and the goals of your students this year. How many ways and goals can you come up with for using them?

I'm going to be doing this challenge this month and sharing my ideas with you! While I have some more 'fun stuff' around, I'm going to try to incorporate these new 'finds' into my therapy this month, combining them with what I already own, of course! How many different ideas can I come up with for each combination, do you suppose? Is your list longer than mine? Join in the challenge!

The game is afoot!

A Sweet Halloween Treat is Waiting for You!

Ghosts, bats, witches and cats- how do they go together? They are Halloween things, of course! This matching go together worksheet is photocopiable and just waiting for you to download.
This Free Halloween download from Looks-Like-Language may make homework easier!

Isn't it wonderful when someone takes care of homework for you? Early educators, SLPs and home schoolers, this may be right for you.

Enjoy your Halloween treats with no calories. I wish I could figure out how to do this with chocolate! 

Get  your free download here!

3 Thrilling Halloween Activities that are Easy to Do

Halloween is such a fun holiday! Your students can have a blast learning with just a bit of effort on your part if you make these enjoyable interactive therapy materials that cost you almost nothing!

Thrilling, you might say? Well, I was certainly thrilled that my students loved these activities so much that I didn't have too much planning to do! Last year this time, my blog was still so new that these fun activities got hardly any exposure, and they truly deserve better than that! So, I am recapping each activity here,  from youngest to oldest ages, with a link to the full posts. My students have had so much fun with these activities, I'm quite sure that yours will, too!

Easy Ideas for Halloween routines in play from Looks-Like-Language
Our youngest and most limited students often need help learning the language for routines. What better way to help them than play? Just a shoebox, construction paper and some stickers can help you create great Halloween interactive fun. You can use this over and over all month long! Click here.

Ideas for using felt and Halloween toys in speech/language therapy from Looks-Like-Language
A bit of colored felt, glue and markers can add a lot to any Halloween toys that you own! Puppets are so helpful to get shy students talking. Putting anything into a container gives that element of surprise that kids love, almost like opening a present! Give yourself a little present and check out this speech/language therapy idea here!

Halloween bingo game variations from Looks-Like-Language!
Older students like to have fun, too! Get a little gaming and movement into your therapy sessions with this easy to make bingo variation. I've used it to work on inference skills, but you can do so much more to adapt it to your group's goals! Learn about it here.

Halloween speech/language therapy ideas fro Looks-Like-Language
Update: I just had to share my latest Target find since it may still be available near you! While it is true that our hand made materials get kids talking just as well as the 'pretty' ones, we do like to treat ourselves a little and these are just darn cute! I love the button feature- you can reinforce those fine motor skills while having the fun of hiding something inside one of them! Have your students request each one until they find where the prize was hidden!

Happy Halloween!

Do you need another sweet Halloween treat?

Halloween themed early literacy worksheets for early education, SLPS and home schoolers from Looks-Like-Language
I sure hope that you do since the second part is waiting here for you to download it! Send a thought of thanks to Classroom Freebies Too for motivating me to get started on this year's worth of free downloads!

This worksheet set addresses early literacy skills, so it is great for early childhood educators, SLPs and home schoolers. Changing themes is a great way to keep kids practicing skills over and over until they have truly learned them!

Download the Halloween freebie here. Then stop by my store to see what other fun stuff I have! Enjoy!
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