Snowman Crafting Fun to Build Language Skills
Snowmen are a great transition from the holiday season into winter weather fun. Children love the jolly snow friends that are within stories, decorations, and familiar movies. Taking a craft activity and turning it into a speech therapy skill building experience for any child is easy when you have a good starting project
Making a Snowman Picture Book
When working with a small group, have children tell each other the steps to make draw a snowman. Give them each a blank booklet, crayons, and any other items that you would like them to use. This project helps kids to plan out their steps, think about sequencing, and work on given others directions for a task. Practicing with others as a leader helps them to gain confidence with their language skills. Older children may want to be more specific in directions that they give. Perhaps they want to tell what color scarf the snowman is wearing. The possibilities are endless, especially if you add in some stickers, sequins, yarn, or other items to embellish the pictures. Each child will have a turn to lead the group and in the end they will have a booklet of snowmen to take home. Older children could then write a story about each of them and translate it to share with their families.
Snowmen Word Practice Flap Art
Younger children love to bring home words that they are practicing during sessions. Why not do this with a snowman project? Cut out some white snowballs with construction paper. These will be for the snowmen bodies. Have long blue construction paper for the project to get glued onto. Begin by allowing the children to pick the number of circles for the first name, last name, or a word/phrase that you select. If you select “winter fun” for your goal, have the child count out ten circles. These will be glued onto the paper like you stack snowballs. The top one will be the snowman’s head, under these you will have the children paste on words/pictures that go along with what they are working on (great for articulation/vocabulary). Ten more circles will be used to attach with some glue to the top of each snowball. These will make flaps that hide the words/pictures underneath. When these are dry the children can write their name or “winter fun” along the snowballs and decorate the snowman and the area around him. When these go home, the flaps reveal words that can be displayed and practiced. You can also send home a translation sheet for families that will find this handy.
There are a lot of different snowman craft projects that you can adapt within a session to have fun while you work on goals. Remember, any of these can be adjusted to practice same/different, vocabulary, articulation, grammar, basic concepts, describing items, and asking and answering questions. Tailor these or other crafts to use a child’s strengths to build on their areas of need.