A squirrel theme is perfect, not only for preschool, but for most of our kids on up through middle school grades!
Who doesn’t love squirrels? They’re cute and live in many of our backyards, making them relatable to many of our students.
One of my favorite benefits of speech therapy themes is that they help with the burnout! Once there is a theme, the sessions become a routine that require much less thought and prep time! But, every time you change up the theme, it feels a little fresh, so nobody is getting bored either!
My Squirrels Themed Language Therapy Unit for Speech Therapy includes everything you need, all the stimulus materials and quality graphic organizers you need for just about your whole caseload!
If you haven’t played Sneaky Snacky Squirrel, you should check it out! It’s relatively simple, like Hi Ho Cherry-o and can be used as an open-ended reinforcer for any of your drill-based therapy needs.
Maybe you’ll get lucky and find one at Goodwill!
And really, what’s a squirrel theme without a scavenger hunt! Channel your inner squirrel by hunting and gathering speech therapy targets! Simple and fun!
And if you’re considering a squirrel theme for preschool, consider making a squirrel sensory bin with things you collect from the backyard. Tiny sticks, leaves, and of course, acorns are the perfect mix. You can use other times of seeds as well.
Some of my older kids are super motivated by YouTube videos. Whether it’s a reward for the end of a session of hard work, or something to watch to start up some conversation for fluency or articulation goals, a video, or part of a video, might be all that you need for a little student buy-in.
For a squirrel theme, you have to check out the squirrel ninja warrior video! It’s too long for one session, but you could easily break it up, or just give a little teaser.
There are lots of other simple ways to include the squirrel theme into your therapy:
My Speech and Language Therapy Lesson Plans for Back to School & Fall packet has 12 different themes, each with 2 crafts, 2 activities, and 2 story books per theme, including a squirrel theme! It’s the perfect therapy tool for those kids who like hands-on and play-based activities.
If you’d like therapy ideas for the whole autumn season, definitely check it out!
My themed language units includes all the materials you need to target:
We’re talking over 100 pages of squirrel themed goodness, with gorgeous photos, helpful icons, and systematic instructional materials.
Other SLPs absolutely LOVE my squirrel themed pack. Here is some feedback I’ve received:
“This packet is amazing! This is easily enough material to do for at least 1 month and supplement as she suggest with additional books (e.g. Chipmunk vs. squirrel book or Those Darn Squirrels/ Scaredy Squirrel books). The vocabulary, suffix, verbs, antonyms, etc.. are all amazing and right on point with curriculum learning. The Boom card additions are FANTASTIC and really up engagement. Will be purchasing the other units!!”
— Julie N.
“Best resource I have ever downloaded – having the pages separated into sections is so helpful for quickly selecting the needed activity for a specific group/goal. The theme is relatable to my students and a part of their daily lives (squirrels are EVERYWHERE in Mississippi). This resource has decreased my stress related to therapy planning, and I can’t wait to make even better use of it next year.”
— Hannah M.
Have fun in your therapy sessions and get the work done!