Speech Therapy Wrapping Paper Ideas
Welcome to my speech therapy wrapping paper ideas page! I’m so glad you are here.
After the holidays, many houses are full of crumpled up wrapping paper. Instead of just throwing it away, why not use it for some speech and language learning?
If you don’t celebrate anything this time of year, don't worry. You can still pick up wrapping paper at the store and enjoy this free speech therapy idea!
Speech Therapy Using Wrapping Paper
Speech Therapy Wrapping Paper Ideas
- /b/: Make a ball out of the paper and throw it back and forth saying /b/all.
- /d/: Make a huge pile of wrapping paper and hide toys in it. Say /d/ig as you dig through it to find a treasure.
- /f/: Say I “/f/ound” a_______ as you find different objects on the paper
- /g/: Say /g/ift as you wrap toys and then open the gifts!
- “j”: Say/j/ump as you make a pile of wrapping paper and jump over it
- /k/: Say /k/ut as you cut the paper into funny shapes
- /l/: Fill the garbage bag with wrapping paper and say fil/l/ as you complete the task
- /m/: Say /m/ore, as you find “more” paper to throw away
- /n/: Make an airpla/n/e out of wrapping paper
- /p/: Hide scraps of paper around the house and say /p/aper as your child finds it
- /r/: Re-/wr/ap gifts and play pretend Christmas all over again.
- /s/: Say I /s/ee a________ as you find different objects
- /t/: Say /t/ear as you tear the wrapping paper into little pieces
- /v/: Say gi/ve/ as you give someone a present
- /z/: Make a maga/z/ine out of the wrapping paper
- /sh/: Throw the paper in the tra/sh/ while saying tra/sh/
- /th/: Say /th/row as you throw the paper away
If you are looking for step-by-step guide for articulation for multiple sounds, flashcards, functional games, and helpful tips, our online home articulation program may be for you. Read about it here!
Early Developing Language Skills:
- Colors: Name all the colors you can find in the wrapping paper
- Vocabulary: Name all the different objects you can find in the wrapping paper
- Counting: Count all the (i.e. snowflakes) or whatever object you want
- Verbs: Practice “toss” or “throw” as you throw the paper away
- Sentence expansion: Practice 3-4 word sentences, “I see a ____”
If you are interested in more games that are functional and easy to squeeze in throughout the day, our eBooks might be just what you are looking for. We have a few options depending on the skills of your child:
Complex Language Tasks: Toddler to Early Elementary Students
Below are games that target both expressive (speaking) and receptive (listening) skills. Read below for some ideas!
- Comparative: Make wrapping paper balls and then line them up to decide who has a big one, a bigger one, and the biggest one.
- Compare/Contrast: Talk about the differences and similarities between wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons, and gift bags.
- Sequencing Narrative: Retell all the steps needed to wrap a present (if your child is older) or opening a present (if your child is younger).
- Naming: Name all the holiday objects you see on wrapping paper and what is missing!
- Sorting: Sort paper by color, size, or theme! The idea here is to introduce categorization based on various attributes.
Language Games to Target ALL Skills!
Below are great ideas to use for children working on later developing concepts.
- Guessing Game: Have fun secretly “wrapping” up objects around the house with your child. Then take turns guessing what is wrapped up. You can make a guess based on size, weight, how the “present” feels, etc... Talk your child through your reasoning when you are the guesser.
- Story Telling: Find different pictured objects, animals, and/or people. Take turns telling stories about the characters. You can even cut them out and make an entire scene. Be creative!
- Categorization: Name other people, animals, or objects that would fit in the wrapping paper. For example, if you have wrapping paper with penguins and snowflakes, you made talk about how polar bears, the ocean, seals, and icebergs also could be on the wrapping paper.
Social skills are one of the MOST IMPORTANT skills needed to be a successful human being in the world. You have to function well with others in all aspects of your life such as friendships, relationships, working with co-workers, and even ordering food at a restaurant.
To work on social skills using wrapping paper, take toys found around the house and wrap them back up! Then, take turns opening them. Children will enjoy wrapping up presents and giving them to you! While playing, you can model how to:
- Take turns: rotate opening and wrapping
- Expressing gratitude: “thank you,” “you are so nice,” “you’re welcome”
- Not liking a present: practice appropriate things to say. You might wrap up something “yucky” and practice saying something nice such as “thank you for thinking of me.”
Find more speech therapy ideas for the home here!
Bridget is an ASHA certified, practicing speech-language pathologist. She is passionate about providing parents with information on child speech and language development as well as provide functional, easy activities to do at home! Parents have the power to make a real difference. Follow Bridget at Facebook and Pinterest for more fun!
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