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Winter Themed Digital Speech Therapy Activities

Updated: Feb 5

After a year that seemed like it was modeled after Jumanji, we have somehow made it to 2021! Happy New Year!!


Since planning sessions on the last Sunday of winter break is always the stuff of nightmares, I thought I'd share a list of winter-themed therapy activities and ideas that I've been slowly compiling over the past few months. Almost everything listed below is totally FREE but there are a handful of paid resources sprinkled in.


Looking for additional, non-winter themes? Bookmark this blog post that I compiled with the fabulous Lucy Stone of The Speech Express (@the_speech_express): The Ultimate List of Themed Speech & Language Activities.



Valentine's Day Activities



Book Read-Alouds:

Pete the Cat Valentine's Day is Cool book read-aloud on YouTube

Olivia and the Perfect Valentine book read-aloud on YouTube - good for recalling details mentioned in the story

Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink book read-aloud on YouTube - focuses on perspective-taking and social skills

Amelia Bedelia's First Valentine book read-aloud on YouTube - great for working on figurative language, multiple meanings since this is loaded with idioms

Arthur's Valentine book read-aloud on YouTube


Digital Games:


Free Valentine's Day Boom Cards List - The Crafter Teacher put together a huge list of free Valentine's Boom card decks for speech. From this link, click Files, then click Free Valentine's Day Boom Cards - List, click Buy. Navigate to your library, click Files at the top, and download the list. You will be able to click the links directly to all of the free Boom decks listed!

Valentine's Games, Videos, and Activities on Nick Jr. - huge assortment, great for preschoolers and early elementary and games include popular characters like Peppa Pig, Dora, and Bubble Guppies

Waldo Loves Muffy game on PBSKids - can be used to work on requesting using location concepts / directional vocabulary to guide Waldo to Muffy around obstacles on the board

Make a Valentine game on ABCya - choose paper color, borders, stickers, and text boxes to design a valentine card

Valentine's Puzzle game on ABCya - good for preschoolers making very basic requests about objects and location concepts

Make a Cupcake game on ABCya - choose cake, icing, sprinkles, and toppings (including hearts) to design a Valentine's cupcake

Love Monster Boom card game by Spiffy Speech - includes clipart with articulation words in all positions and in blends

Cupid's Arrows Boom card game by Spiffy Speech - includes pre-made board games with artic words and language skills (describing, comparing/contrasting, synonyms, antonyms, multiple meanings). Also includes a blank version where you can type your own words onto the game board spaces!

Love Notes Articulation Boom card game by Speechable Moments - board game includes Valentines that you can complete using articulation words (with clipart) to make silly messages similar to MadLibs

Free Valentine's Bingo* in my Freebie library! Join my E-mail list at the bottom of the page for the password


Activities for Older Students:

Personality Quiz Valentine's Day at Hogwarts - Who's Your Magic Valentine - ideal for middle school and up

Valentine's Day Social Scenarios* in my Freebie library! Join my E-mail list at the bottom of the page for the password

What Might Happen Valentine's Boom card activity by Spiffy Speech - work on inferencing and answering other critical-thinking questions given Valentine's Day scenarios

Language Activities for Valentine's Day by Spiffy Speech - includes activities for formulating sentences about photos, revising sentences, determining meaning from context clues, answering critical thinking questions about a story or retelling a story, and adding adjectives to make sentences more descriptive

10 Love Idioms for Valentine's Day from KSEAcademy

34 Hilariously Sweet Valentine's Jokes for Kids from Red Tricycle - explain the jokes to work on multiple meanings or sound-alike words

Valentine's Day Virtual Escape Room - work on reading comprehension skills, describing, comprehension of directions including attributes, and more!

Valentine's Day Jeopardy on Jeopardy Labs



New Year's Activities


New Year Reflection Boom Card Activity - students answer questions about the past year (type into boxes using Annotate)

Interactive Happy New Year Game (open-ended & free!) by Mrs Peters Speech - plays in PowerPoint on the computer or iPad, includes customizable cards (or can be paired with any therapy activity without cards) and has sound effects!

New Year's Conversation Starters by The SLT Scrapbook

Following Directions New Year's Eve Theme by The Chatty Classroom

Squirrel's New Year's Resolution book read-aloud on YouTube

The Night Before New Year's book read-aloud on YouTube

Free New Year's Bingo by Artsy Fartsy Mama - use for describing, naming from description, location concepts, comparing/contrasting, explaining word relationships

8 New Year Traditions from Around the World or What's The Story New Year's Day on CBC Kids - great for describing pictures, targeting reading comprehension, comparing/contrasting traditions

10 Fun New Year's Facts & Traditions on Today's Life Online - work on reading comprehension including tier two vocabulary


Winter Activities for Younger Students



Digital Games:

Sesame Street Seasons Spinner Game on PBS Kids - ideal for preschoolers, includes a winter sledding game that can be used as a break or reinforcer but also has some winter vocab (ex: clothing items)

Sesame Street Dress Up Time Game on PBS Kids - ideal for preschoolers, includes winter-themed costumes

Make a Snowman Game on ABCya - great for requesting, turn-taking, describing using specific vocab and attributes, categorization

Holiday Party Game on Nick Jr. - includes winter mini games (basic side-scrolling games like Mario) with familiar characters like Dora and Paw Patrol, kids collect items for a holiday party, language opportunities such as giving dkirections with specific vocab and attributes, location concepts, and basic/opposite concepts

Sid the Science Kid Snow Search Game on PBS Kids - kids can dig in the snow to find hidden items, good for working on location concepts and following directions if you can give mouse control (ex: Dig in front of the shed)

Sid the Science Kid Snowflake Match Game on PBS Kids

Paw Patrol Snow Slide! Game on Nick Jr. - ride a snowboard down a hill and do tricks, works best as a quick break or reinforcer game

Molly of Denali Super Snowboarder Game on PBS Kids - similar to the above, ride a snowboard down a hill and do tricks, works best as a quick break or reinforcer game for elementary students

Team Hamster! Fish Force Game - shoot a fish out of a cannon to get the plushie to the target, works best as a quick break or reinforcer for elementary students

Winter Vocabulary Sensory Bins (free) Boom Card Activity - find hidden winter objects in a virtual sensory bin, great for expanding utterance length (ex: I found a _____), using specific vocab and adjectives, describing, comparing/contrasting

Open-Ended Winter (free) Boom Card Games - includes four games to pair with any goal!

Winter Talk and Find Boom Card Freebie - search for winter vocab in the dark using a flashlight

Winter Bingo (free) Boom Card Activity - can be used for describing, naming from a description, categorization tasks, and finding/describing locations. Other free winter Bingo boards can be found by searching Google Images

Speed Snowman Boom Card Game by Spiffy Speech - students race to build their snowman first by removing igloos to reveal snowman body parts! There is an open-ended version as well as articulation versions for all common speech sounds in all positions.

My Gingerbread House Articulation Activity by Spiffy Speech - students draw artic words and then overlay a gingerbread house (with windows/door cut out on three sides) so the windows and door can reveal their artic pictures. Boom game version coming soon!

Gingerbread Pronouns Boom Card Activity by The Speechie Frenchie - you can do so much with this interactive game featuring two draggable gingerbread cookie characters and a variety of items!

Hot Cocoa Loco Articulation Boom Card Game by Speechable Moments - find the ingredients to make hot chocolate (or artic words with target sounds) hiding behind the colorful mugs!


Book Read-Alouds:

Sneezy the Snowman book read-aloud on YouTube

Snowman Magic book read-aloud on YouTube

Winnie the Pooh Here Comes Winter book read-aloud on YouTube

How to Catch a Snowman book read-aloud on YouTube

Pete the Cat Snow Daze book read-aloud on YouTube

How Do You Know It's Winter? book read-aloud on YouTube - nonfiction, winter facts

The Wish Tree book read-aloud on YouTube

Winnie in Winter book read-aloud on YouTube

A Loud Winter's Nap book read-aloud on YouTube




Other Activities:

Winter Video Clips on Nick Jr. - includes a handful of winter TV show clips from popular shows like Dora an Blues Clues

That’s Silly Winter Scene by Highlights - ideal for elementary students for describing, finding items described, formulating sentences, pronouns, prepositions, etc. etc. and works great as a green screen background too

At Home With Olaf video clips on YouTube - motivating and can be used to work on WH questions, expanding utterance length

What Might Happen? Winter Boom Card activity by Spiffy Speech - work on making predictions with a winter-theme! This resource includes photos making it appropriate for a wide range of ages



Winter Green Screen Activities:

Join my mailing list at the bottom of the page for instant access* to my Freebie library, which has over 200 FREE green screen backgrounds-- including pre-made winter backgrounds such as the snowy day scene described below! *Password appears when you enter your E-mail address!

*Change your virtual background to a snowy day scene. 1) Print/cut pictures of snowman components (ex: three snowballs of different sizes, a carrot, pieces of coal, scarf, etc.) Have the student sequence steps to build a snowman and request each component. Stick pictures onto the green screen to assemble the snowman. For more opportunities to request, describe, and compare/contrast, print multiple options for clothing items (ex: scarves that are different colors, carrots that are different sizes). 2) Pretend to dig in the snow using a real shovel that you have at home. Describe items for the student to name and then pull them out of the snow magically using a green tube or pocket. These can be pictures of winter items, pictures of arctic words, or actual household objects.


Follow the SLP/OT Green Screen Queens on Instagram (@playsparktoys) and their Facebook group, Green Screen Speech Therapy (Distance Learning) for tons of green screen ideas and freebies!


Winter Activities for Older Students



Digital Games:

Winter Jeopardy Games on Jeopardy Labs - play pre-made winter Jeopardy games or create your own

Winter Crossword Puzzle on Squigly's Play House - Google "winter crossword puzzle" and tons more free ones come up



Escape Rooms:

Narnia Virtual Escape Room - can be used to work on reading comprehension

Virtual Winter Escape Room* - includes direction-following with descriptions (ex: "Click on the picture of the small, red and white scarf for your next clue"), reading comprehension passages and short videos with questions


*Answer key for winter escape room:


1) %@$*!

2) ICICLE

3) 12142639845

4) FROSTY

5) SNOWHYDROLOGY

6) INASNOWBANK



Other Activities:

Winter MadLib Online (Funny Fill-In) on Nat Geo Kids - also check out Cold Weather Online MadLibs and Sledding MadLibs by Glow Word Books

Snow Sculptures Gallery on Nat Geo Kids - great for describing, comparing/contrasting, formulating sentences about a picture given target words

Snow-Themed Articles on Nat Geo Kids

Snow Jokes by Fun Kids Jokes - great for explaining multiple meanings, sound-alike words, and word relationships

Ellen's Epic or Fail Winter Edition and Winter Sports Edition - great for making predictions/inferences and describing

Which Winter Activity Should You Do? Personality Quiz by Beano

Winter Paragraphs by Spiffy Speech - work on reading comprehension, main idea, tier two vocab, finding the evidence, critical-thinking skills, and writing intro/conclusion sentences

Winter Words Game by Spiffy Speech - describe and name items without saying forbidden words in the style of Taboo, play with a free buzzer

Winter Semantic Feature Analysis by Spiffy Speech - compare/contrast winter items using semantic feature analysis charts

Winter Themed Mini Unit by The Speech Express - address all goals included reading comprehension, context clues, inferencing, articulation


Also be sure to check out my new Winter Bundle which includes 6 winter-themed speech-language resources and continues to grow!


Make sure you're following me on Instagram (@spiffyspeech) so you'll be notified of future posts like this one, speech freebies, toy/game recommendations, and giveaways!!


Don't forget that you can find even more themed activities (for tons of different themes) over on The Speech Express's blog: The Ultimate List of Themed Speech & Language Activities!


Be sure to bookmark the page while there because we will continue to add on! There are other blog posts over on The Speech Express website that provide tons of teletherapy tips, ideas, and activities too!





Now to go throw a blanket over my head and pretend tomorrow isn't already Monday...

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