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Inexpensive Ways to have Non-scary Fun this Halloween

Halloween fun doesn’t have to be expensive or scary! Try using felt when working with your younger students and get great results. The three engaging ideas featured here are easy to do and only require basic supplies, like felt, tape and markers. Give it a try!

Get great results using felt in play with your young language delayed students this HalloweenQ

Felt is such an inexpensive, versatile way to make your own therapy materials!  With every color available, you can make simple felt shapes to match every holiday and season. All it takes is the right color felt, a marker, a simple shape you can draw, and glue to keep it closed.

Find out how to make and use a pumpkin bag for emotions at Looks Like Language!
How to Make A Quick and Easy Bag

👻 Get a piece of felt that is double the size of the shape.
👻 Draw the shape on one side of the felt with the permanent marker, fold the felt in half and cut around it. Ghosts and pumpkins are easy to draw!
👻 Glue the sides together and voila! You have a cute little felt bag.
👻 In a hurry? Staple the sides together and put some tape over the staple backs if you have concerns about pricking little fingers.

Hide It!

Young students love to find hidden things! Try hiding small pumpkins with varied emotions faces inside a big pumpkin bag. Elicit a targeted speech or language production and then let students pick a pumpkin with feelings out of the bag. Find out what makes them feel that way!

A great thing about using felt is that students have something safe to hold onto and play with while waiting their turn!

Language you can model includes:
🎃 spatial concepts (in, out, on)
🎃 emotion vocabulary (happy, sad, scary)
🎃 descriptive words (scary, spooky, funny, silly, safe) 
🎃 colors
🎃 sizes

Young students will have fun just playing the game, but you can make duplicates of the emotion pumpkins to play and see who gets the most matches.

Sensory Issues

When there are no issues of tactile defensiveness, young students love to find whatever is hiding inside the bag. It’s kind of like getting a present!

But for kids with sensory issues, you may find it helpful to put the pieces you want to place inside the bag and the bag itself on the table. Felt is a soft, familiar material and many kids will explore it on their own when they are totally in charge of the pace.

For kids who still have issues, try these ideas after exploration time.
👻 Play a cleanup game where you name or describe one of the felt figures and see if they can find it.
👻 Let the child pick it up and put it inside.
👻 If this is still too much, place them far apart and see if the child will look at the one you named.
👻 Then make a mini version that you leave on the table in front of them. Just let them peek or participate in whatever way they can handle until the activity is familiar.
👻 Hide a few little pieces of a food reinforcer amidst the felt pieces to reinforce exploring.

Build language skills in how you play, not how much you spend!
Listening Activities

Use the bag for a fun listening activity that reinforces your work from that session:
     🎃 Describe one of the picture cards you used that session.
     🎃 See who can find the correct picture first to put in the bag.
     🎃 Therapy and clean up all in one!

Talk About It! Activities

👻 Place pictures of some work that needs review along with a Halloween photo in the bag. This is a great 5-minute warm-up to see what was retained from the previous sessions.
👻 Students take turns choosing a picture from the bag and telling about it.
👻 When the Halloween photo is chosen, discuss the picture, targeting each student’s current goal.
👻 Have copies of the picture already made to glue into the student’s communication book to talk about at home. Homework is taken care of!

Ideas for how to incorporate fun Halloween toys finds in your therapy sessions.
   Describe It! Play with it! Activities

    Place a few small Halloween toys inside the bag for your students to play with until their next turn. This is a great strategy for students who have transition problems or who have difficulty waiting, especially when you need a few minutes to concentrate on one of the other students in the group.

   The photo shows some examples of the types of toys that could be used.  Don’t put them all in at once.  Add a new toy, maybe every other session or so. You will see when your little ones get the language you’ve been modeling or start losing interest.

After they have explored the new toy, bring out some similar or familiar ones for a little describing and comparing/contrasting.  Did you notice there’s a variety of colors and textures there?

You’ll notice there are two felt ghosts there. One opens to be a puppet and the other is flat. One is small and one is big.  One is fuzzy (felt) and one is smooth (fabric.) One is happy and one is sad.

Fly the ghosts around in a fun way so your students want to request it.
Elicit some descriptive language by using sabotage, watching where the student is looking so that you are sure to give the unwanted one:
Oh, you didn’t want the little one? Maybe you wanted the BIG ghost. Tell me, which one do you want?” Just like that, you’ve set up a situation for describing!

Tips for fun, non-scary Halloween therapy sessions!
    Puppet Activities

      It’s easy to make felt into puppets. Just cut out a duplicate of the drawing you made for the bag, but close the top and leave an opening on the bottom that your hand will fit into!

      Puppets are a wonderful therapy tool for children! They let you adopt another voice, play games like giving and taking a toy, or interact in a way that feels less threatening to young children.

Sometimes young students who won’t talk to a speech therapist will speak to the puppet with no problems at all.  Puppets even give us the freedom to be a little silly in a way that might be uncomfortable otherwise (especially with a parent observing!)

Have fun working on facial expressions and vocabulary for emotions with a pumpkin theme!

     If crafting isn’t your thing, or you are looking for more detailed emotion images and problem-solving activities to support learning, click here. 

    This pumpkin-themed set can be used all fall to build social skills for emotions, facial expressions and problem-solving. The varied levels, with pictures, words and short scenarios, make working with mixed-level groups easier.


5 Easy, Fun Ways to Jazz Up Bingo this Halloween

Older elementary to middle school students love it when you jazz up bingo by using  creepy little Halloween doodads. You know, the kind you can buy in bags at Target’s Dollar Spot at the Dollar Store. They add that 3 dimensional element of play that kids this age still secretly love (but won’t always admit to.) Just make the toys have a bit of Halloween horror and it is more than acceptable!

Reuse plastic divided containers to jazz up bingo this Halloween!
This activity is fun and easy to do. Just save and wash some divided plastic containers with compartments. The photos show empty ravioli containers, but some cookie boxes have them, too.

Find some fun and slightly creepy Halloween toys that can be tossed, like the spiders and eyeballs in the photo. Then be creative in ways to play! Try out these fun ideas.

Inference Toss

🕷 Students listen to the description on a task card and toss their toy as soon as they have made an inference about what it is.
🕷 If their Halloween item lands on the answer, it stays there.
🕷 If no one lands on the correct answer, the card goes back in the deck to try again and the students remove their incorrectly tossed  Halloween toys.
🕷 Play continues until the first student has 3 in a row.
🕷 If time runs out, the student with the most items on the game boards wins.

Build skills from vocabulary and word associations through riddles and inferences this Halloween!
Use Your Language

🕷 Students toss first and then correctly define, describe, or use the vocabulary word in a sentence in order to keep their Halloween item in the game.

Halloween  ‘Bump’

🕷 Each student needs their own color/type of Halloween tossable toy.
🕷 Students provide a correct response for whatever they are currently working on before tossing.
🕷 All tossed Halloween items stay wherever they land unless someone’s Halloween item lands on top of them.
🕷 Then the first Halloween item in the space gets bumped back to the student. The first person to get the designated number in a row wins.

Fun plastic Halloween toys to toss keep even your older students engaged! Fun game ideas from Looks Like Language.

Rapid Naming Race

Use plastic containers to lay 3D Halloween toss!
Students start their Halloween toy in a 
corner of the board and have to move across the rows (or up and down the columns) 
to get to the other side to win.

Individualize what students are naming dependent upon their goals.

Ideas include:
🕷 Name the item and 2 things that go with it.
🕷 Tell 3 words that describe the pictured item.
🕷 Name 4 things that the Halloween item is used for/can do.
🕷 Name 2 rhyming words for that item.
🕷 Use it in a sentence to answer this question.

Students have 15 seconds to provide the answer correctly and move to that pictured space.
If they don’t respond correctly, it is the next students’ turn.
If someone else lands on your Halloween game marker, they have to go back one space.
The first student to get to the opposite side of where they started is the winner.

Make it easy to differentiate for mixed groups this Halloween!
   Halloween Task Cards Play

    🕷 Each student gets their own Halloween picture compartment board.
     🕷 The desired set of task cards, whether WH question cards, riddles, inferences or quotes gets placed in front of each player.
     🕷 Students take turns reading a card and covering the picture if they are correct.
     🕷 If incorrect, the task card goes back on the bottom of the pile to replay.
     🕷 The first student to fill their game board wins.

Using task cards with a fun game makes it easy to individualize to your students' needs. You can have students responding to completely different kinds of work while they all feel that they are doing the same thing since the activity is shared. The pictured Halloween bingo task card sets make this so easy to do. Just click to check out all of the engaging activities one packet lets you do!

Do you know the best thing about these jazzing up bingo ideas? They can get used for any holiday as long as you have pictures and fun little toys to toss. Or use them at any time with springy little balls!

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