Christmas Themed Activities for Busy SLPs
Can you just imagine that it will be just a week before Christmas? While our weather is getting colder each day and our surroundings are starting to fill with lights, giant trees, colorful balls, and bows – we are also getting busier preparing for this most wonderful time of the year!
As we are approaching Christmas Day, this also means another winter break! But for those busy SLPs who still need to work next week, we have collected some of Christmas themed activities you may use for the whole week. We know that the kids tend to be a little bit distracted and might be in a vacation mode by now. Worry no more! Because these tried and tested activities will encourage their participation and will make them appreciate the Christmas season even more!
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‘Tis definitely the season to be jolly and for speech skills to shine brightly!
Christmas tree Inspired Activities
“Adorable Christmas trees and stars used to target sorting and naming categories.”
“This cute, inexpensive Christmas tree craft can be used in a variety of ways in your therapy sessions, such as ordering by size, sequencing, and following directions. You can also use it as a reinforcement activity by rewarding students with tree pieces or by letting them add an ornament for each turn.”
“Work on reading and sentence building skills with your students with this easy to print and go pack. Sentences range between 2 and 4 words in length.”
Santa Inspired Activities
“Santa is here and he’s doing all kinds of things! Use these Santa action cards to practice expressive and receptive skills related to the holidays!”
“This is a fun way for your students to practice sorting nouns and verbs.”
“Students choose words from a parts of speech chart. They choose a noun and make sentences using words from the other columns. I also included a silly sentence recording sheet for each of the nouns and paper to write a silly story.”
Christmas Stockings Inspired Activities
“Christmas Describing, Vocabulary, Articulation and Phonological Awareness Craftivity. Have fun in speech therapy making these cute stockings with a pocket to slide the cards in! Your students will go home talking about their creation- perfect way to encourage home practice!
Target four goals with this one activity: Articulation, Phonological Awareness Sort, Name Vocabulary to Description, Describing.
“I hid objects beginning with /st/ in a stocking (It’s a perfect “feely” bag.) Included were a tiny stocking, a mini book (storybook), a stick, a stamp, a sticker, a star, a stop sign, a stone and a guy named Steve!”
Gingerbread Inspired Activities
“Included in this packet
Page 3: Simple AAC Visuals
Page 4: Roll and Cover/Color Gingerbread Kids (black and white)
Page 5: Gingerbread Positional Concepts
Pages 6-7: Barrier Game: Print enough copies of page 6 for each player. Print enough of page 7 for each player to have enough tree cards during game play (you might give everyone five-ten cards). Cut the trees out, but leave page 6 intact. Position players so that they cannot see one another’s game board. Have players take turns giving directions on which picture to cover with a tree (for example: cover the picture above the fox). The goal is to have everyone’s game board look the same at the end of the game.”
“In this gingerbread man perspective taking activity, the focus of the lesson is to work on “thinking about others”. Before the lesson or in a lesson prior to this one, you can start working on the vocabulary terms “thinking about my ideas” versus “thinking about others ideas”. You can talk about situations when you need to think about other people’s ideas.”
“Gingerbread Grammar: Snip and Stick is a fun and engaging way to teach grammar in the classroom or speech room! This packet is a peek into my Snip and Stick grammar activities that serve to teach, review, and reinforce a variety of grammar skills including: plurals, irregular plurals, subject verb agreement, and changing verbs to nouns! These sheets can be used in language centers, to accompany a grammar lesson, or sent home for homework!
These sheets are 100% interactive – just cut and paste! Students will love snipping and sticking as they engage in these grammar activities.”
Elf Inspired Activities
Students with language goals can practice describing the “setting” or the “characters” of the movie using the EET tool or an attribute wheel. I made some visuals for some of my lower kids to help with identifying expected vs. unexpected behaviors. We also worked on “what are we thinking about Buddy?” with my visual thought bubble.
“Get your preschoolers learning about prepositions and positional words with this fun, hands-on activity. This FREE Elf preposition game includes 8 cards with positional words and features both boy and girl elves!”
“Here is a simple, easy prep center for students to practice writing sentences with a Christmas – Elf theme! Download Elf Sentences FREEBIE to receive 6 picture cards (full color and b/w) and 2 different sentence recording sheets. Whether your students are just beginning to write complete sentences or they are working on adding adjectives to create elaborate sentences, then this resource is a must!”
Candy/Candy Cane Inspired Activities
“Jump into the holiday spirit with this fun sorting activity that practices using WH- questions! Your kiddos must sort the candy into the correct bag based on the WH- question it answers. The candy can also be used to ask questions!”
“This freebie is a fast and easy way to target irregular verbs during the holiday season! Four pages of “verb candies” provide a trail of present tense verbs. Students will provide the past tense form of the verb and follow the trail of treats to the giant bag of candy! Students can color as they go. Dot-Markers are also great for this fun freebie!”
“Keep your students motivated this Christmas season with a hands-on reinforcement activity. This quick and easy candy cane craft can be used with any goal and can be enjoyed by students of all ages.”
Snowman/Winter Inspired Activities
“Winter season is always a great language theme to use in speech therapy or in the classroom. These winter snowy day picture scenes are a great open ended activity. Use it as a behavior chart and once the student earns all of the snow balls, they can earn a game or preferred activity. Have students practice follow directions with the picture scene and people! This can also be a great visual support to create a story or oral narrative with key story elements. For young learners, you can work on naming winter vocabulary as well as winter clothes and weather during the winter!”
“This activity has 5 scenes:
- One step directions level one (no color specification).
- One step directions level two (specifies color).
- Two step directions level one (no color specification).
- Two-step directions level two (specifies color)
- Open-ended or make your own directions.
The therapist will read prompts listed on the right side of the paper to the student (s). The student will color the picture according to the directions. No-prep and low ink!”
It’s beginning to look a lot like… WINTER! I tried to make these before/after directions less “Christmas” and more “Winter”
“There are 5 activities included in this packet:
- Build a snowman game
- Snowball categories
- Describing similarities
- Listening for details
- Winter wonderland board game”
Christmas Ornaments Inspired Activities
“Are you looking for another Christmas-themed yes/no questions resource? Look no further! This free resource includes 16 cards that you can use in a variety of ways to help your students improve at answering yes/no questions. Even better, your kiddos will have fun while doing so!”
“This 8-page activity for /k/ and /g/ has 8 stimulus pictures and words for each position of each sound for a total of 48 articulation pictures/cards.”
“Need a quick and fun themed craft that targets winter vocabulary? This is a fun seasonal craftivity that is perfect for working on winter themed vocabulary.”
Other Christmas Inspired Activities
“This Christmas: A Dab of Speech and Language Freebie is a sample of one of my most popular series – A Dab of Speech and Language! These NO PREP activities are designed for speech and language therapy! Included Activities:
Speech: “A dab of…,” “Spin and Dab,” and “Dab and Say,” activities for /k, g, th/.
Language: Skills addressed are compare/contrast, describing, and pronouns.”
*All words are represented by pictures to support non-readers!!*
“This Final Consonant Deletion Freebie contains 3 pages of pairs of final consonant deletion pairs of words (15 in total), to be used in your Speech and Language Therapy sessions however you desire.”
“The All Aboard! Christmas Train Sorting activity contains 8 pages (1 cover page, 1 instruction page, 6 pages for activity) to target vocabulary and categorization skills. 5 categories (food, transportation, shapes, ocean animals, and farm animals) with 8 pictures per category are provided.”
“This Christmas pack is intended for kids aged 5-10.
What’s in the pack?
Series of dice for noun, verb, and adverb
Mat for making sentences.”
“This activity includes 30 one-step directions with modifiers. So while they are still one-step directions it includes more concepts the students have to listen to in order to correctly complete the direction. This can be tricky for some of our language impaired students or those that have difficulty attending to everything.”
“Here’s a simple, easy to use freebie to learn about those funny Christmas Holiday expressions! Simply print out the colorful cards, laminate (if you wish) and use for talking about idioms and figurative language for the holiday season. Try one a day as part of your English Language Arts instruction, or address multiple expressions in small group lessons.”
You can choose from any of the following work sheets:
- Christmas Crosswords: Who is a stingy man that gets visited by ghosts? What animals pull Santa’s sleigh? Can your students solve these crosswords?
- Christmas Word Jumble: Students try to make as many words as possible out of C H R I S T M A S T R E E. Then, they see if they can answer all of the riddles with the words they found.
- Christmas Card Games: Play fish or memory using the Christmas flashcards. Wonderfully designed using a mixture of clipart and 3D.
- Large Christmas Flashcards: These flashcards illustrate 24 Christmas words.
- Christmas Vocabulary Video: This video shows Christmas vocabulary and pronunciation.
- Christmas Board Game:A fun comprehension question game for winter and Christmas.
- A Letter to Santa: A template for writing a letter to Santa. Students have to tell Santa what they want, why they deserve it and what they are going to leave Santa to eat when he visits.
- A Christmas Word Search: Find Christmas words.
- Christmas Rhymes: What do you give that rhymes with lift? A gift. Students find rhyming words to match the clues.
- Christmas Vocabulary: A worksheet for introducing eighteen Christmas words.
- Christmas Super Quiz Game: A quiz game for reviewing Christmas vocabulary.
- Christmas Spot the Differences: Students find differences in two Christmas pictures. There is a pair version and a solo version.
- Christmas ABC Connect the Dots (For Younger Kids): Kids can draw Santa Claus or a Christmas tree by connecting the dots.
- Christmas Riddles: Students unscramble the snowmen to find the answers to two snowmen riddles.
- Christmas Bingo: Three diffferent bingo games with Christmas bingo card generators.
- Christmas Creative Writing: These three creative writing prompts explore the themes of a Santa rescue, a mystery, and bad labour relations at the North Pole.
- The Notometer and Kindometer: These two surveys help Santa determine if a student has been naughty or nice. Students work in pairs to find their naughtiness score and there kindness score. Some pre-teaching of vocabulary is required.
- Santa’s List: An easy reading comprehension activity. Kids decide who has been naughty and who has been nice.
- What Does Santa Do? A worksheet for young learners that looks at what Santa does on Christmas Eve.
- How Do You Decorate a Christmas Tree? A worksheet for young learners that looks at what describing a process as well as teaching Christmas tree vocabulary. This worksheet comes with a reading packet puzzle.
- What Happens At Christmas? A worksheet for young learners that looks at what people do at Christmas as well as teaching 6 verbs. This worksheet comes with a reading packet puzzle.
- Christmas Time Reading Selection A reading selection that describes what happens at Christmas.
- Young Learners Christmas Cloze: An easy cloze activity for reviewing Christmas words.
- Santa Claus Questions: An easy Christmas comprehension/vocabulary activity.
- First Words Christmas Spelling Sheets: Eight simple spelling worksheets from the First Words section.
- Big Letter Christmas Coloring Sheets: Nine big letter (capital letter) coloring sheets.
- Christmas Cards: A guided writing activity with two supporting worksheets and three card templates to get the students writing cards to people they know. Each student should end up writing three Christmas cards about 60 words in length.
- Christmas Carols Song Sheets: Several simple Christmas carols graded for the ESL audience.
- Christmas Cloze Activities: Two cloze activities to review or teach Christmas vocabulary
- Nativity Story Worksheets and Activities: This section contains worksheets and activities with an emphasis on the Nativity story and the birth of Jesus.
- Christmas Carol Crossword: All of the clues come from the titles of Christmas Carols. (Not suitable for students who don’t know many English Christmas Carols)