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 of our houses are full of crumpled up wrapping paper. Instead of just throwing it away, why not use it for some speech and language learning?! Wrapping paper is usually full of colors and designs which makes for some great speech therapy fun!

If you don't celebrate anything this time of year...don't worry! You can still pick up some wrapping paper at the store (it is relatively cheap) and enjoy this free speech therapy idea!

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Speech & Language Ideas


  1. /b/: Make a ball out of the paper and throw it back and forth saying /b/all.
  2. /d/: Make a huge pile of wrapping paper and hide some toys in it. Say /d/ig as you dig through it to find a treasure.
  3. /f/: Say I "/f/ound" a_______ as you find different objects on the paper
  4. /g/: Say /g/ift as you wrap toys and then open the gifts!
  5. "j": Say/j/ump as you make a pile of wrapping paper and jump over it
  6. /k/: Say (/k/)cut as you cut the paper into funny shapes
  7. /l/: Fill the garbage bag with wrapping paper and say fil/l/ as you complete the task
  8. /m/: Say /m/ore, as you find "more" paper to throw away
  9. /n/: Make an airpla/n/e out of wrapping paper
  10. /p/: Hide scraps for paper around the house and say /p/aper as your child finds it
  11. /r/: Re-/wr/ap gifts and play pretend Christmas all over again.
  12. /s/: Say I /s/ee a________ as you find different objects
  13. /t/: Say /t/ear as you tear the the wrapping paper into little pieces
  14. /v/: Say gi/ve/ as you give someone a present
  15. /z/: Make a maga/z/ine out of the wrapping paper
  16. /sh/: Throw the paper in the tra/sh/ while saying tra/sh/
  17. /th/: Say /th/row as you throw the paper away

If you are looking for step-by-step learning process for articulation for EVERY sound, flashcards, functional games, and helpful tips, our online home articulation program may be for you. Read about it here!

Early Developing Language Skills:

  1. Colors: Name all the colors you can find in the wrapping paper
  2. Vocabulary: Name all the different objects you can find in the wrapping paper
  3. Counting: Count all the (i.e. snowflakes) or whatever object you want
  4. Verbs: Practice "toss" or "throw" as you throw the paper away
  5. Sentence expansion: Practice 3-4 word sentences, "I see a ____"

If you are interested in more games that are equally as 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 some games that target both expressive (speaking) and receptive (listening) skills. Read below for some ideas! 

  1. Comparative: Make wrapping paper balls and then line them up to decide who has a big one, a bigger one, and the biggest one.
  2. Compare/Contrast: Talk about the differences and similarities between wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons, and gift bags.
  3. 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).
  4. Naming: Name all holiday objects you see on wrapping paper and what is missing!
  5. Sorting: Sort paper by color, size, theme, really anything! The idea here is to introduce the idea of categorization based on various attributes.

Language Games to Target ALL Skills!

Below are some great ideas to use for children who are working on later developing concepts.

  1. 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 guess based on size, weight, how the "present" feels, does it make sound, etc... Talk your child through your reasoning when you are the guesser.
  2. 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!
  3. Categorization: Name other people, animals, or objects that would fit nicely 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 ice bergs also could be on the wrapping paper. 

Social Skills

Social skills are really one of the MOST IMPORTANT skills we NEED to know in order to be a successful human being in the world. We have to function well with others in all aspects of our life from friendships, relationships, working with co-workers, and even ordering food at a restaurant. 

To work on social skills using wrapping paper, take toys from 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:

  1. Take turns: rotate opening and wrapping
  2. Expressing gratitude: "thank you," "you are so nice," "you're welcome"
  3. Not like 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 some 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!

Author of  child language development eBook series

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