The Halloween Therapy Idea Challenge is ON!

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

Halloween Therapy Challenge- Looks-Like-Language
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! 
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