10 Fun and Easy Halloween Games: Challenge at the Target Dollar Spot


Target dollar finds are great for fun and easy Halloween themed therapy games that work on student IEP goals! It’s even better when you can freshen up and re-use something you already own by combining the old and new materials. Can you meet the challenge and come up with 10 different speech/language therapy activities using your own Target Dollar Spot finds?

Have fun with 10 different Halloween activities for varied speech/language therapy goals using just 3 items!


NEW: Number Clings from the Target Dollar Store

OLD: A Halloween Countdown Box from a Starbucks sales bin


1. Articulation -Window Sticky Game.

   • Roll a die and say a word/phrase/sentence with the target sounds that many times correctly.
   • Then open the box with the same number.
   • Take the cling number and throw it at the window, trying to get it to stick.
   • The student with the most number clings stuck to the window wins.


2. Articulation – Clean Up the Sticky Window Game.

   • Roll a die to see which number cling you will get to take off the window.
   • Try to say a short story with the same number of target sound words used correctly to take off that number and put it back in the box.
   • The student who collected the most cling numbers wins.

3. Vocabulary Word Knowledge.

    • Put vocabulary words on slips of paper, putting one in each box.
    • Roll a die to see which box to open and take out the word.
    • Tell that number of details about the vocabulary word: definitions, a sentence, synonyms, antonyms, part of speech, things associated with it, function, etc.
    • If you can give the correct number of pieces of information, throw the same number at the window.
    • If it falls off, it goes back on the sheet for someone else to use.

4. Making Inferences.

    • Put pictures/words for the inference items on the front of the boxes.
    • Place the number clings inside the boxes, but don't worry about matching the numbers.
    • Read the inference cards from the Halloween Costume Guessing Game, the 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 picture/word and take out the number cling to throw.
    • Count that many students around the group to see who has the next turn.
    • Play until time is up or the cards are done.


5. Answer 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. 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.

Have fun with 10 different Halloween activities for varied speech/language therapy goals using just 3 items!

6. Correct Sentences.

• Fill the boxes with Halloween words/pictures for actions and objects
• Students take turns walking to the window to take off a number cling and open the matching box.
• The student has to tell a sentence or short story using the words/pictures from the box, including the target structure that is being worked on. (singular/plural, verb tense, pronoun, etc.) to keep the box.
• If incorrect, the words/pictures and 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- Tell a Short Story.

• Place a Halloween character and the matching number cling inside the box.
• Students roll a die to determine which box to open and tell a story with a beginning, middle and end or all of the basic story grammar parts using the character from the box.
• Then the student can throw the number cling at the window.
• They get a score by adding the number of story parts plus the number on their cling.
• See who has the greatest score after each student has had a turn.

8. Following directions: next to, beside, over, under, above, right side, left side.


• Place one number cling randomly in each box and cover the box with a Halloween picture.
• Give the student directions to find the correct 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. Describing Halloween Items.

• Place a Halloween word/picture in each of the boxes.
• Students take turns choosing which box to open and take out the word/picture without showing anyone.
• They give as many clues as needed, describing the Halloween item with using the label, until someone can guess what it is.
• Then they throw one of the number clings at the window. If it falls off, you keep it.
• When all of the boxes are done, see if the students’ total score of all of the clings on the window beats your score(clings which fell off.)

10. Asking WH questions.

• Place a Halloween word/picture in each of the boxes.
• Students take turns choosing which box to open and take out the word/picture without showing anyone.
• They ask questions whose answer will be that Halloween item until one of the other students in the group answers correctly.
• If more than one question is needed, the student has to use a different WH question word each time until someone can answer. Then they get to throw a number cling.
• The number clings are thrown in order and the game ends when all have been thrown.

Have fun with 10 different Halloween activities for varied speech/language therapy goals using just 3 items!
You May Be Asking….

1. What if moving around like this is too chaotic?
      Although students often have been sitting still for too long and some will work better when given a chance to move around, if your students need to be seated, try these ideas:
👻 Have them collect the static cling numbers first, 
      then take turns after the work is done to throw 
      them at the window.
👻 Have just one student at a time get up to throw.
👻 Place a container in the center of the table to throw the clings into so they can stay seated.
👻 Collect small Halloween plastic pieces to fidget with instead of clings that they can rip apart.
👻Earn tokens on a Halloween themed board to get some free time when work is done.

2. What if I don’t have a countdown box like that?
👻 Cut openings in the top of a shoebox lid glued on to thick paper.
👻 Use small containers  in place of the box.
👻 Use a variety of Halloween containers instead.
👻 Use the cute freebie boxes that are available at ‘It Looks Like Language to Me’ or in the ‘It's Looking Like Language’ monthly email. (Just sign up on the pop-up!)
Free download when you join the LLL FB group or newsletter!

3. What if I don’t have number clings?
👻Use Halloween window clings.
👻Use soft magnetic pieces on a magnet board.
👻Use small Halloween objects to toss in a Halloween candy container.

Did this post get your creative juices flowing? What ideas did you come up with?

3 Thrilling Halloween Activities

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! And if you landed here by accident, scroll down to the bottom for some Halloween ideas on video!

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!


Halloween therapy ideas 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.
Yes, you can create easy therapy materials!

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!


Tips for Making Bingo Interactive!


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.



                                                           Not so cute :(
Felt Halloweenies are quick and easy to do!

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!

                                                     Very cute! :)

Be sure to check out the links to my free Halloween downloads! You can access all of the links here.

How about some thrilling, easy to do Halloween decorations?


Or maybe you'd like these fun tricks for setting up a party!



Happy Halloween! Enjoy!

Data Made Easy! 5 Easy Tips and a Big Freebie List!

Earlier this month, I joined with The Frenzied SLPs to give some tips on baseline monitoring and taking data. Did you miss it? Click here and follow the links to get some more great tips.

Data tips, a free resource and links to other free data sheets! Looks Like Language
Well, now that I am back to work and in the swing of assessing my students’ skills, I though that I’d bring home my binder on data collection and let you know some of the links to resources that I found to be helpful.  If you read my last post, you know that taking data is NOT my favorite! I like the interaction in therapy and figuring out the best  strategies, prompts and visuals to support communication growth much better, so I like to keep the data part easy.

For me, that means thinking about the functional skills I’d like to see my students doing by the end of the year, before I even begin therapy.  Then, I see how well they do in that activity, whether it is a worksheet, a language sample, or an authentic assessment in the classroom and take both qualitative and quantitative data to start the year.


After I get a sense of their skills, I start to take my regular session data. I have found that it is very easy to get involved with helping students and not really notice subtle cues that I have provided so frequently, I don’t even notice that I’m doing it anymore! So, midyear I like to give that same pretest or do the same activity, paying careful attention to letting my students do it independently. This lets me see if they are actually learning to use the target skills without my intervention but still giving me time to make changes, if needed, before the end of the year.



Once I’ve assessed whether changes are needed, it is back to the regular data again.  Over the course of my many years of therapy, I’ve tried a lot of different ways to collect data. The simplest methods for me are when the data collection is built into the activity.

Data Made Easy- 5 Tips


1. Get out sets of picture cards in multiples of 5. Place the correct response cards in one pile and the incorrect responses in another. Variations: stack them in different directions, place the error cards face down and the correct ones face up, set the error cards in a different location.


2. Play a game or do an activity with pieces, like tossing balls into a hoop, throwing packing peanuts into a seasonal container, or tossing pompoms into an egg carton. Assign each student a different color and only let them take a turn if their answer is correct. At the end of 10 responses, you get a quick count as you have them clean up.

3. Use numbered question lists placed in a page protector. Mark with a crayon or erasable marker right on the sheet. For students who are sensitive about mistakes, make a small dot for incorrect responses right next to the question.

4. Start with a set of 10 interesting things in a pile in front of you. If the student answers correctly, one piece goes in a pile next to him. If the answer is wrong, you get to keep it. Many students will find this fun with tokens, as they are challenged to get them all away from you. Other students need the ‘interesting’ things to be something they can interact with after, such as different colors of crayons for a picture, the pieces to play a game as described in #2, or small toys they can play with for a minute. If your students are at this level, you might also need a container for their toys to wait in, while yours just disappear from view.

5. Of course, there are the standard coloring or daubing worksheet activities that let you see the total easily, too. My students like doing these with dry erase markers with the sheets placed in page protectors, which also cuts back on printing and photocopying.

Have you noticed that different activities and group sizes lend themselves better to different types of data sheets? I think so! To help you out, I asked my blogging friends on TpT to share the links to their FREE data sheets. Please leave kind feedback (that reads 4.0, we all want A’s!) if you decide to download as a thank you for their time and effort. This is an impressive variety of free data collection sheets, so I’m sure you will find something to suit your needs!

Links to FREE Data Sheets!














A FREE speech/language therapy data collection sheet from Looks-Like-Language!
This data sheet is one I found useful for working with groups. Sometimes it seems that I never have enough hands, and being able to collect all the data on one sheet can be very useful. You can set it up so that your groups are listed in the order they are scheduled, and just flip the page after the third group. You can also use one sheet for each group, listing a different goal in each section. The PDF of this page can be downloaded here.

Happy data collection!

10 Fantastic Free Resources for Customizing Vocabulary Work

Links to useful free vocabulary resources from Looks-Like-Language
If your caseload is anything like mine, you need to have lots of resources to teach and maintain new skills, including vocabulary! While I use picture task cards, games and activities to teach new vocabulary, I like to have other resources on hand for homework and reviewing skills throughout the year. I explain and expose my students to any new vocabulary we encounter in the course of discussions, stories and activities during the year to ensure comprehension, but I like to target specific, functional words for vocabulary goals.

When choosing the vocabulary to target for students each year, there are some factors I usually consider.

Preschool students always need to increase vocabulary in basic categories and seasonal events.

For life skill students, I try to find out if there are themes being addressed by the special education teacher that year or if the students will have work programs related to specific job skills.

For my older, low functioning students who are still being tested academically, I like to pick either of these: vocabulary that can be addressed all year long and applied to varied stories and academic work or specific vocabulary that relates to the other speech/language goals for the year. For example, vocabulary for reading comprehension, such as cause-effect, problem-solution, and fact-opinion usually ties in to both reading skills and language goals, making it easy to apply the vocabulary all year long.

Because I target specific words, I especially like to find sites that let you customize your word lists, but I am providing some fun general vocabulary sites, too!

Free Picture Vocabulary Card Downloads

http://bogglesworldesl.com/cards.htm




Free Games and Power Points to Customize






There are so many good vocabulary resources available on line. Did I miss your favorite? Please share in the comments! I hope you find these resources useful!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...