I look for activities in speech therapy that motivate kids, yet take very little time in between repetitions or answers.
We want to maximize our time with the kids. Games often take too long. Enter the dot marker. I love dot markers: quick and colorful, no mess, inexpensive, and they last forever. Better yet, kids love them.
So why do you use dot markers? Here are seven ideas to get you started:
1. Language Activities
This activity is from My Five Little Turkeys: Flipbook, Phonological Awareness and Prepositions Pack at Speech Sprouts. Kids find the turkeys and dot them, then tell where they are: between or beside.
2. Articulation Activities
Dot the picture and say your word, or dot the letter in the text as in this articulation story freebie by SPEECHtacular.
3. Phonological Activities
Dot the letters of the initial sound you hear as you say each word. This fun freebie is by Deanna Jump.
Dot the number of syllables you hear as you say each word. This fun ocean-themed activity is from my Smiley Shark Speech Therapy Book Companion at Speech Sprouts
5. Motivational Activities
6. Count Down Activities
7. Themed Art Activities
Here are a few ideas for the upcoming seasons:
Draw a tree, have the kids dab yellow, orange, red, brown and green fall leaves.
A spider web is perfect for dabbing some colorful little spiders. Just draw legs when the spots dry.
Dab yellow and orange kernels on an ear of Indian corn.
Have children add Christmas lights to a simple Christmas tree.
Add blue snowflakes to a winter scene with a simple snowman.