At this time of the year many of our programs are wrapping up for the year. Some of us are transitioning clients to kindergarten or school and other clients will be back in the new year.
Within our clinic we like to acknowledge the end of year and the exciting time of Christmas. What do you do? It needs to be something which is economical for your workplace, fun and, with so many allergies on the rise, not food related.
Last year for the first time we made Reindeer food. We purchased some cellophane bags, oats and glitter, coupled these with bag tags and a stapler and the perfect gift activity was created. It started as a gift activity last year but then morphed into part of the therapy session. With younger children we worked on requesting. A sequencing activity about Christmas Eve was created using boardmaker pics, and for older children it was the beginning of a narrative story. You can download free reindeer food bag tags with some visuals from my store on Teachers pay Teachers.
While looking around for ideas this year I came across another great idea from Learn with Play at Home – a DIY Christmas Tree Playdough Gift. As as lover of playdough for therapy this sparked my interest. Playdough is easy to make and fairly inexpensive. There is a link to an easy homemade recipe on the site. Grab some cellophane bags, tinsel and a few sparkly things and you are ready. There are free playdough bag labels available on the site. I imagine this would be easily incorporated into sessions targeting prepositions, sequencing and requesting.
Put a little sparkle into therapy and enjoy the run into the end of the year.