So many of us have used cotton balls for winter crafts. Lately, I have been using them to engage my students during winter speech therapy sessions! My favorite part about this speech therapy ‘material’…it’s super cheap!
Here are two of the cotton ball games that my students have loved:
Two big bowls, one large serving size spoon, one blindfold and one bag of cotton balls.
Put the cotton balls in one big bowl and place the other bowl close by.
Determine how much time each student will get for their turn. Older students can get less time and younger students can get more. I usually set 10-20 seconds for each student’s turn.
When it’s their turn, blindfold the student and have them move the cotton balls from one bowl to the other using only the big spoon. They have to move as many cotton balls as they can in the time allotted. To make it harder, place the bowls further away from each other.
As soon as they are done with their turn, count the balls in the second bowl. If the student is working on articulation, have them say their sound 1X for each cotton ball that was moved. If they are working on language goals, have them complete 1 language task for every 3-5 cotton balls.
It usually only takes 1 minute for students to complete their entire turn! You should be able to have each student go at least 7-10 times during a 30 minute session!
Take 10 language task cards or articulation flash cards (use your own or the ones linked above) and spread them out in a circle on the floor. Have one student stand in the middle of the circle and throw the cotton balls up in the air. After throwing the snowballs, students complete the task/say a sound for each card that has a cotton ball on it.
Once all students have had their turn, change the cards with ten new ones and play again.
It’s easy set up, quick, fun and engages students!
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