Camping is a perfect summer theme for speech therapy.
The school year has ended but many children will still be attending speech therapy in summer school or in private therapy. How do you keep children engaged when those warm breezes beckon outside?
I love using summertime themes in speech therapy, and camping is a favorite. There are plenty of easy activities you can do for super speech sessions. Most of all, it’s fun! Here are a few ideas for you:
Set up Camp
You will need a campfire. (What’s camping without a campfire to sit around?) Make your campfire from orange, red and yellow tissue paper. Stuff the “flames” in a metal bucket or in the middle of paper towel tubes for “logs”. An electric tea light in the center would make it even better!
Grab a couple of bag chairs and put them next to the fire. put a cooler in between them. You can make a “tent” by draping a sheet over a small table or over a rope. If you have a small pop-up tent, use it. Your children will be thrilled.
If you will be working at a table, try throwing a red, checkered tablecloth over it to set the mood.
Read Books about Camping
PJ Funnybunny Camps Out by Marilyn Sadler
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen a funny, rhyming misadventure!
Henry and Mudge and The Starry Night by Cynthia Rylant
Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connel George lovely poems. explore this book with your older students for vocabulary development.
More Speech Camp Activities
Go on a Bear Hunt to practice positional concepts
Guess the forest animals: Name to a description
Tell the children you will give them clues, and they need to they need to guess which forest animal it is. For instance: This animal is black with a white stripe on it’s back. It can smell quite stinky. What is it?
I have a cute owl freebie for you
Stamp some stars for s-blends practice
Go on a scavenger hunt outdoors
Find something that is:
Make microwave s’mores for sequencing, describing, requesting and categories
Language Goals to target:
Making requests/ formulating complete sentences: Have your children ask you for each ingredient
You may want to “roast” the marshmallows over your “campfire” on a stick before putting your s’more together.. What does “roast” mean? What else can you roast? Are there other foods you can you cook over the campfire on a stick?
When you are finished, describe how the ingredients changed. Describe the s’mores using “senses” words. How did it feel, taste, smell, look? Did they feel hot? Sticky? Gooey?
Have a good old-fashioned flashlight hunt for any target.
Find more great camping theme ideas
on my Pinterest board: Camping Theme Speech Therapy
Happy Summer Friends!