Summer School Speech Therapy- Let’s Go Camping!

Summer Camping theme fun in speech therapy

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

You’ll have plenty of opportunities for wh questions and story retell with these fun books:

Story Books:
Boris Goes Camping by Carrie Weston
Curious George Goes Camping by Margaret and H.A. Rey ( I still adore Curious George!)

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

Check out The Bear Hunt by the Learning Station for some fun music and movement. Terrific for positional concepts and verbs!

Going on a Bear Hunt- by the Learning Station

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?

Skunks have just the right amount of “ewww” to fascinate my children. This little cut and paste reader features a cute little skunk and has a funny ending. From my Articulation and Language Activities for SK pack. 


A fun little reader featuring a scared little skunk.

A fun little reader featuring a scared little skunk.

I have a cute owl freebie for you

in my store to work on those multiple meanings. Find it here: Hoot Owl Homonyms Freebie
FREE Owl-themed Homophones activity

Vocabulary fun with this FREE Owl-themed Homophones activity

Stamp some stars for s-blends practice

Grab dark blue construction paper, a star-shaped cookie cutter and a bit of yellow tempera paint. Dip the cookie cutter in the yellow tempera and stamp it on the paper. Have your articulation students say “star” or “stamp a star” each time.

Go on a scavenger hunt outdoors

Find something that is:

Camping Theme Scavenger Hunt

Camping Theme Scavenger Hunt


Make microwave s’mores for sequencing, describing, requesting and categories

Have your children predict what they will need to make s’mores.
You’ll need:
graham crackers
Hershey bars

paper plates

Language Goals to target:

Making requests/ formulating complete sentences: Have your children ask you for each ingredient

Describing: Feel, taste a bit of each ingredient. Is it crunchy or soft? Smooth or rough? Sweet or sour?
Categories: Name more foods that are crunchy, soft, or sweet. What else can you make with chocolate?

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?

Build your s’mores
Put half a piece of graham cracker on a paper plate. Add a piece of chocolate, then a marshmallow and top with another half graham cracker. Now it’s ready to cook. 15 seconds in the microwave should do it. Be careful they are not too hot in the center. Squish and eat!

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.

Turn off the lights and give the children flashlights. Have them find or illuminate articulation or language cards.

Find more great camping theme ideas

on my Pinterest board: Camping Theme Speech Therapy

Let's go camping in speech therapy!

Let’s go camping in speech therapy!

Happy Summer Friends!