Making Drill Activities Fun

I know you’ve been there…agonizing about how you’re going to actually convince your kiddo that making 100 productions of speech sounds/pronouns/blends/syntactic structures/etc.  in a single therapy session is the most fun they’ll ever have in their life.  I bet you’ve come up with a plethora of ideas to make drill activities fun and exciting (we are brilliant SLPs after all), but here’s one more to add to your arsenal of ideas:

Let’s set the scene: You have your 5 year old boy coming in for his session in 5 minutes.  As you pull some toys down from the materials shelf, you frantically remember how disastrous last session was when he turned all his attention from the target words to the hotwheels cars he loves so much.  You want to incorporate cars into the session (speech therapy should be fun after all), but you also need him to work.  My super-creative classmate had a great idea for her little guy:

She made little stop signs (easy! Popsicle stick + red paper with STOP + tape) and placed them on top of small stacks of his target word cards (4 cards per stack).  She put the stacks and stop signs all around the floor of the room, and even interspersed some cute little road-blocks around the carpet.  Her client got to choose his car and drive it around the road-blocks to each stop sign.  When the car reached the stop sign, he had to say the target words on the cards under the sign.  The beauty of this simple set-up?  The client was thrilled with the “game,” and the clinician was thrilled with all the productions she got out of him.  Keeping the piles to 4-5 cards each kept his attention from wandering, and making lots of stop sign piles kept him from getting too engrossed with the car.

My question for you: What are your tricks for making drill activities fun for your kiddos?

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Laura!

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  2. Posted by Dianna on February 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Love this! I have an IKEA “town” rog that this would work perfectly for! My newest fave trick is to have my kiddo hide the target words all around the room (in not too difficult spots), each time shouting it out. Then, reverse it – race to find each word, bring it to me, say it.

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  3. [...] a memory or matching game.  BAM: stack flashcards around the room to make a car obstacle course (http://hbslp.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/making-drill-activities-fun-for-little-boys/).  BAM, hide flashcards to create a scavenger hunt for therapy targets!  Despite all these great [...]

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