Want some easy no prep therapy ideas you can use with a variety of kids and groups? Look no further!
These fun ideas are nearly material-less and most involve movement to keep our students engaged! ⬇️
🖍️ Sticky Synonyms: Write words on a white board that have relatively easy synonyms. Write those synonyms on Post-It notes and hide the sticky notes around the room. Have students search for the sticky notes. When they find one, they have to stick it onto the board in the correct circle to group words by meaning.
🪰 Swat It: Tape ~10 words or pictures onto the wall. Give each student a fly swatter. Read a word definition and have the students try to find the matching word/picture and swat it first using their fly swatter!
🏴☠️ Walk The Line: Put a line of tape across the floor (~6-8 feet long). Give 1-2 step directions to follow using the line – like “Jump onto the line.” or “Get off the line!”. This is a perfect activity for targeting spatial concepts (on, off, onto, between, next to, across, around) and verbs (jump, spin, crawl, walk, stand, touch).
🥏 Catapulting Categories: Put 4-6 pieces of paper on the floor – each with a category name on them (e.g., animals, foods, furniture, electronics, jobs). Take turns tossing a bean bag onto the pieces of paper and naming something in that category. As an added challenge, write the first letter of each item you name on each piece of paper – now you can’t repeat that letter again!
♻️ What’s Changed?: Take a few random objects or toys and arrange them somewhere in the room. Give your students a set amount of time to walk around the objects and inspect them closely. Then, have them return to the table and close their eyes while you change or move 1-2 things. Have your students open their eyes and work together as a team to figure out what’s changed!
⚫️ Black Out: Choose a motivating text, like directions for how to do something, a description of a video game they love, or an article on a topic they love or are curious about. Print it out and cover up/black out individual words throughout it (I like to scribble over the words with a Sharpie marker). Then, have your students use context clues to figure out what the covered up words are!
Hope you love these ideas!