Monster Therapy Theme

 The monster theme is one of my favorites!  I am a bit sad that this year will be over teletherapy because the Feed the Monster game is always one of my kid's favorite activities.  They love choosing the pieces to make their monster and then they get to take him home for home practice too!  I put together a few Boom Card activities for this year to help fill in where we wouldn't be able to use the printable activities.  But, I am still planning on playing Spooky Speech with googly eyes!  Here are some monster-themed therapy activities! 

First up, I have a new Boom Card deck called Monster Mouth!  It focuses on articulation skills and includes 15 words for each phoneme (most in the initial, medial and final position).  The students will drag and drop the pictures into the monster's mouth while practicing their sound.  I have also hidden a tiny monster behind one picture on each page that I will challenge them to find, this will just add a bit of fun to practicing! 

Next, I have a dice game, Spooky Speech!  We will modify the rules to this game slightly.  In face to face therapy, I would give each student a gameboard with their specific speech or language goal.  In teletherapy, I'll choose one gameboard (that covers the skill of most of the students in the group) and they'll each choose a column (2, 3, 4 or 5).  We'll roll the digital dice on Toy Theater. If they roll a 1 they have to remove an eye from their column.  If they roll a 6 they lose a turn. Whoever's column fills up first, wins! The best part is that we'll use googly eyes to cover the spots, making it so much more fun!  I bought the googly eyes from Dollar Tree. 

Of course, I have to show you my monster books. Go Away Big Green Monster will be for pre-K, The Color Monster will be for my social skills/pragmatics groups and the others will be for older language groups or articulation groups. 

I also have started a Phonics Boom Book series, it is far from finished but I am pulling my Monster Car book out for my /R/ groups.  It focuses on the /AR/ sound which is perfect for them! It also has some sequencing and answering questions for my language groups too.

Next, I have my Feed the Monster paper bag game. I really enjoy making paper bag games because it ends up being such an easy way to send home practice.   I am sad we won't be making paper bag monsters this year but if you are back to school maybe you'd like them for your students!

First, you print eyes and mouths on different color paper.  Paper works better than cardstock when trying to glue it to the paper bag. Then, cut them out.  I usually do all this before the kids come to therapy so we have more time to play. 

Then, I print a set of cards for each student depending on the speech or language goal they are working with.  I have the kids cut these apart at the beginning of the group. 

We put all our cards face down in front of each monster.  The monsters only like to eat coins so if we find a coin we put it in the bag.  If we find a card without a coin we practice it.  The first to feed their monster all five coins wins! The students will then take their monster home (along with their cards) for home practice!

And last, but not least.  I have another printable card game similar to Feed the Monster but without a paper bag.  It's called Don't Wake the Monster.  It is great for mixed groups.  I print each student a set of cards on different color paper.  We cut them up and put them all on the table face down.  Players take turns choosing a card with their color.  They practice and then keep the card.  If they find a monster card they must put all their cards back in the pile.  The person with the most cards when time is up wins! I then send home the cards for home practice. 

We will probably use these activities for two weeks because we have some workdays coming up. I can't wait for a spooky, furry, eyeball filled week!

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