When I worked as a speech therapist with preschool and early elementary special education classrooms (my caseload primarily had students on the autism spectrum), a popular fall theme in the classrooms was APPLES! Often the kindergartners would join their inclusion classrooms to go on an apple picking field trip to end the unit.
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Here’s some apple-themed activities for speech therapy:
Describing Apples Activities
I used this Apple Describing Communication Board in two ways:
- As a worksheet or communication board to teach the describing words in a small speech therapy group.
- For Show-and-Tell with apples.
In one speech group, I would pull an apple out of a bag and go over all the terms on the describing sheet like color, size, rough/smooth, and stem/no stem. Then I would have each student pick an apple out of a bag and fill out their own sheet with prompting as needed.
In a later speech group, I would have each student come up to the front of the small group, pick an apple, and then use the communication board to “show and tell” about the apple they picked. This might be verbally, by pointing, or with AAC depending on the student’s abilities.
You can grab a free copy of my apple describing communication board by filling in the form below:
Books about Apples for Speech Therapy
This one is great to read in preparation for going on an apple picking field trip! It goes over all the steps of apple picking, parts of an apple, and making applesauce! You can find it on Amazon by clicking here.
This book talks about each season and how the apple cycle is progressing in that season. It has fewer words per page than the book above and could work well with seasonal sequencing activities! You can find it on Amazon by clicking here.
Cooking with Apples in Speech Therapy
Cooking is always a fun speech group activity! (Or for a speech/OT – “SPOT” group) You could try making applesauce, apple crumble, apple rings with toppings, or my favorite – caramel apples! (I still remember losing a tooth in a caramel apple in elementary school – ha!)
In a cooking group, you can target turn taking, following directions, sequencing, requesting and so much more! Cooking is also great for sensory input – smells, textures, temperatures, etc. – and for teaching vocabulary related to those senses!
Depending on your students’ abilities, you might want to use a visual recipe. Here’s a link to my visual recipe for caramel apples (along with a sequencing worksheet and comprehension questions).
WH- Questions or Yes/No Questions with an Apple-Theme
I am always working on WH- questions with my students! Once they have learned a few basics about apples, working on WH- questions with an apple theme can be a great way to target IEP objectives while sticking to a theme.
This interactive book includes basic apple facts and related WH- questions on each page. There are also yes/no questions about apples for students who are working on that!
Apple Craft – Roll-an-Apple
I come across a lot of roll-and-draw activities (where you roll a dice to see what part to draw on next), but since some of my students have limited fine motor skills, gluing on pieces works much better!
This Roll-an-Apple Craft works for small group speech therapy or individual sessions. You can have students work on requesting a turn, passing the dice, stating the number and piece they rolled and requesting any materials they need!
Apple Orchard Scavenger Hunt
As an SLP, you may or may not get to go on field trips, but I know the teachers on my team always appreciated when I provided visuals when I could!
This visual scavenger hunt is perfect to preview things a student might see on the field trip and go over that vocabulary.
You could have students color in the black and white worksheet before the field trip to work on apple orchard vocabulary. Show photos of real life things from the apple orchard and have students match to the picture before coloring!
On the actual field trip, students who are working on identifying or matching, can identify pictures on the scavenger hunt sheet as they find them. Students working on social-pragmatic skills can work in pairs or groups to find items.
Looking for a bundle of all the above activities (except the books), click here.
Do you have any apple-themed go-to activities? Please share below in the comments!
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