Skeletons, Spiders, and Zombies... Oh my! With Halloween quickly approaching, I thought I would share some of the holiday activities that my students have been enjoying. Below I have listed some engaging activities that I have used with both articulation and language middle school groups. These activities were also a hit with my Elementary students last year!
1. Eyeball Bounce
I found these skeleton cups at Target last season. I was able to find similar monster cups this year on their website (unsure if they are carrying these same cups this year). I picked up the eyeballs from the Dollar Tree, I believe they still have them this year! If you are unable to find these, normal ping pong balls would suffice.
I arrange my cups based on my students age/skill level. For the most basic level- I arrange my cups as pictured above, but for my more advanced students, I place them from a single cup in the first row to 3 cups in the back row or I scatter the cups randomly all over the table. For my students who would like a challenge, I assign point values to each row and we can pull the cups as we go along in the game (I know what you are thinking- but they really enjoy playing this!).
Based on my students goals- I place the appropriate cards in each cup. For my artic groups I place picture cards or sentence cards with their target sound. For language groups I place a vocabulary word I would like them to use or a topic card for my pragmatic kiddos.
2. Spider Darts
This game could be played in a variety of ways based on your student's age and skill level. For my middle school kiddos- I give them 3 chances per turn to hit one of the targets. They then receive a score based on the target they hit. Last year I drew a large spider web on black poster paper and hung it from the white board. This year I decided to make a large web on the computer to print and laminate. From there I attached velcro to spots on my web and to the backs of my "spider cards."
For my artic groups- I printed double sided spiders with words/sentences on the backside. For language kiddos- I printed double sided spiders with vocab words/verbs/topics on the backside. Below are a few of the "darts" we have used with this game (in the past I used hackie sacks and balls).
3. Zombie articulation game