Want more hands-on activities for a variety of speech and language goals? Don't have time for a ton of prep…use puzzles!
Do you enjoy using hands on activities in your speech room? They are motivating, engaging, gets students working together, and makes learning fun! Our students learn best when they are having fun…so why not encourage it as much as possible?! I don't know about you but I don't always have the time to do crazy prep of hands on activity, even I would LOVE to! (don't ya wish you had a personal assistant to do all of your prep/laminating?!). I have found fun and quick ways of using puzzles to target a variety of speech goals (or even just as a reinforcer). I will share them with ya! (Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links are included to help you quickly locate items mentioned on Amazon).
Use blank puzzle pieces in speech therapy
You can easily just make quick puzzles to practice working on vocabulary, articulation, or anything. Just grab permanent markers and write quickly on them and you can use them over and over. I have gotten a stash of these cheap on Amazon and I can always grab them and use! (all amazon links are provided at the bottom of the post).
Dry Erase Puzzles in Speech
I have been loving these dry erase puzzles to quickly make sequencing activities a bit more more fun. You can create them quickly or have your students make them and quiz each other!
Just grab any puzzle and each time a student responds with their answer…give them a piece of the puzzle. Once all questions are answered or all pieces are given out…students can work together (or individually) to put the puzzle together!
Build vocabulary and basic inferencing skills with puzzles
I am not an artist…but I can draw a few things in a pinch if needed. Can't draw at all or need something you cannot draw…Google Images work wonders. Just draw (or print) a vocabulary concept..
Cut it apart…
And students can work together (or individually) to put it together while trying to guess using their clues what it is! Once they figure it out and put the puzzle together….they can describe, define, use in a sentence, or any other target you need!
You can even do this same idea using my No Prep Seasonal Scenes for Mixed Groups. Just print out the coloring page and cut it up into pieces. Students can put it together while you use the target probes I provided. They can color after if desired. Makes activities last a bit longer and changes it up!
You can learn more about this resource by clicking HERE!
Since I loved this idea so much (and I knew you would too)…I had to create a ready to go resource for you! I made the puzzles and all the question targets so you can use with a variety of groups or mixed groups. Just cut out the pieces and give the student(s) the pages that correlate with the goal you are trying to address. Each student can even have their own question page. Students can glue their puzzles down right on the question page and then do the corresponding tasks! I have set it all up to make it super easy for you! Did I mention it is print and go? All you have to do is just cut out the puzzles ahead of time to not ruin the surprise! You can learn more about this resource by CLICKING HERE!
Want even more puzzle activities? Check out these other ones I have:
Want to check out the Amazon items I mentioned in this post…check them out using the links/buttons below!
Want to see my video about these ideas so you can hear me explain them?!