It’s time for another Theme Thursday! Easter is only a month away, so I thought I would go ahead and share all of my Easter themed ideas with you! I absolutely love this time of year and I may or may not have already ate a bag of Starburst jellybeans.
I have so many ideas to share! I don’t even know where to start. haha.. First, I recently bought this Goodnight Moon book buddy from Kohl’s and he’s substituting for the Easter Bunny this year!
Okay, so I’ll start with crafts! First up….. Articulation Easter Eggs!
These are soooo simple to make! Just cut out an oval. Yep, that’s it. haha! Students can decorate them in so many different ways! They can cut out their target words and then glue them in strips on their easter egg. They can also glue them in clusters to make “polka dots.” These words come from my Easter: Snip and Stick Apraxia packet and my Easter No PREP Articulation packet. I also added in some washi tape for some more color!
Easter Pacing Sticks
I found these little sticker packets at the Target Dollar Spot! They’re perfect for making pacing sticks. I’m always looking around for themed sticker packets with little circles that can fit on a popsicle stick.
Pacing sticks are so versatile! You can use them with your students that stutter. They can aid them in keeping a steady rate of speech. As they are talking, they can touch a sticker each time they say a word. They can also assist in pausing and grouping or easy onsets.
I also love pacing sticks for students with phonological disorders. They’re especially great for students that exhibit final consonant deletion, initial consonant deletion, or weak syllable deletion. Students just touch a sticker for each sound to help them gain awareness.
These can also be used for articulation drills! Each time a student practices they can earn a sticker to put on their stick. They can also put ten stickers on the front and back. When it’s their turn, they touch the stickers and say their word 20 times! They’ll love a challenge.
Now let’s talk about some Easter themed games!
I found the tic-tac-toe boards at Target! The bunny/carrot one can be used all spring long! If you’re not allowed to have an Easter theme at your school or if you’re working with a student that does not celebrate Easter, bunnies & carrots are a great alternative. I found the Easter egg puzzle at Wal-Mart! I thought it would be great for reinforcement!
This egg puzzle can be used alongside any activity! April: A Dab of Speech and Language is pictured here. This packet also contains non-Easter pages too for spring. Each time a student practices their word or skill then they can earn a piece of the puzzle!
Students can also play tic-tac-toe alongside these Bunny Articulation sheets! These can also be used all spring long, because the sheets don’t mention Easter. Bunnies are a symbol for spring too!
You can also fill the boxes with words found in my Easter: Snip and Stick Apraxia and Articulation packets! First, students can put them in the boxes and as they practice they can earn game pieces. When the game is over, they can glue their words onto their sheets! Here is a peek at the articulation color, cut, and glue packet:
Here is a peek at Easter: Snip and Stick Apraxia:
Another fun game I came up with is “Bunny Tail Smash!” Put a printable into a dry erase sleeve and grab some white play dough. After a student practices their word/skill, then can smash the “bunny tail!” Here’s an example with Bunny Articulation:
I also found an Easter Bunny popper at Target! It was in the seasonal aisle. Poppers can make anything into a game! You can put a printable on a whiteboard/chalkboard and the students can see if they can hit the word using the popper! Or they can aim the popper and whatever word the ball hits can be the word they practice. I’ve paired it with Easter Apraxia printables here:
Spin-Go Articulation is one of my go-to games, because it’s totally unique and students love them! I scooped up some Easter pencils in the Dollar Spot to pair with Easter Spin-Go!
So, how do you play Spin-Go?! Students place a paperclip on the spinner and then put the tip of the pencil inside the paperclip. Then they flick their finger to spin the paperclip. Students have to practice whatever word that it lands on and then find a matching picture and color it in. Once they have colored in five pictures in a row, they get Spin-Go! You can find the bundle here, if you’re interested in all of the themes (and all future themes). I’m hoping to launch Spin-Go Language in April, keep an eye out!
On to Easter themed books!
Display all of your Easter or spring themed books in a basket! It’s such a cute way to organize your themed books and it will capture your students’ attention! I found this rectangular-ish basket at Walmart and it’s perfect for storing books! The round ones don’t work as well.
Mouse is my most beloved Book Buddy! I blogged about ways that you can use Happy Easter, Mouse! and lots of other Easter themed books HERE.
Two books that were not included in that round-up (I saved them just for this post! haha) are Llama, Llama Easter Egg and How to Catch the Easter Bunny!
Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney is a fun and simple book! Llama Llama goes on an Easter egg hunt and finds a bird’s nest in a bush! He’s surprised to watch the eggs hatch! There are quite a few language skills you can address with this book!
You can even make a craft companion! Make an Easter Egg! Instead of using articulation words, students can tear tissue paper or construction paper to decorate their eggs! This craft would also be great for practicing following directions.
How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace is a fun read too! The Easter Bunny is very clever and escapes all the traps in the book! Students can work on problem solving, sequencing, executive functioning skills such as planning, describing, and more!
I also made a little freebie for my newsletter subscribers! Students can design a trap to catch the Easter Bunny and then explain how it works! If you are interested in receiving weekly emails from me about anything from blog posts to sale announcements, sign up! You’ll get access to an exclusive freebie library!
If you enjoy this book, I also blogged about How to Catch a Leprechaun and made a similar freebie for blog readers!
I have one last idea to share with you!
I found the most precious little gum ball machine at Walmart! It’s in the Easter section. I filled it with Easter themed dollar spot erasers and they really do come out! So fun! This can be used to reinforce any activity! Students can practice a word/skill and then get an eraser from the gum ball machine to cover up a word on whatever printable that they’re using!
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you found a couple ideas you can use in the upcoming weeks. Have a wonderful day!