We all know therapy materials can be expensive, while our budgets tend to be limited. I rarely purchase materials from the big companies because they are so expensive. Much of my therapy stash comes from Teachers Pay Teachers, my daughter’s old toys, and…dollar stores! I love wandering the aisles of 99 cent stores, Dollar Tree, and the Dollar Spot at Target. There are so many great things we can use in our speech sessions. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite dollar store finds and how I use them during speech sessions.
My favorite speech room purchase from the dollar store is my cookie sheet collection. I love using cookie sheets with my students and getting them for $1 each is a great deal.
I use cookie sheets in so many ways. They work great as individual work stations for my students. The ridge around the edge of the sheet helps keep their cards and materials from scattering all over. I also love to add magnets to flashcards and other materials, so they stick to the cookie sheet. Kids love playing with magnets, so they always enjoy using the magnetic cards. I usually just get the sticky magnetic tape and attach a small square to my cards. Cookie sheets are also great when you want to use play dough, shaving cream, finger paint, etc. and keep the mess somewhat contained.
Some of my other great dollar store finds include containers and blocks for sorting. I found these little containers and blocks for 50 cents at my local 99 cent store! I use them to work on sorting colors, big and little, comparative and superlative adjectives, and following directions. Dollar stores are great places to get all kinds of colored containers.
I also recently found these cute hand puppets at Dollar Tree. They are actually bath puppets, but we use them in speech to practice conversational skills, role playing, language skills, and even articulation practice! I also like to put our target cards inside of them and have students draw from a puppet to practice. For my students working on sentences, I will fill each puppet with action words and have them make a sentence about the puppet animal using the verb card they pull from it. There are so many ways to use these in speech and my pre-k students just love them.
I’m also growing my bug/critter collection…all purchased at dollar stores. These little critters are fun for sorting. We sort by type of creature and/or color. We also use these to work on describing.
These are just a few of my favorite dollar store speech finds. My collection grows every time I visit one of these stores. I’m a little addicted, but at least it’s affordable!
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