I am a sucker for themes. This shark week theme has been my favorite theme I’ve done in a while.
If you are like me and love themes (or maybe just sharks) keep on reading to find out what I did for “Shark Week” in Speech….
1. Shark Bucket
I picked up a blue bucket from dollar tree and black and white felt from Walmart for 33 cents each. I used a box cutter and kitchen scissors to cut a large hole as the mouth. NOTE: Keep in mind the plastic will shatter so limit the pressure you use! Next, I cut two black and two white circles, and 12-14 triangles for the teeth. Last, I hot glued the teeth and eyes on bucket. Voila! Shark Bucket complete for about $2.
I created this shark bucket for kids to feed flashcards into.
2. Ocean Slime
I used a recipe similar to the one linked below:
I found my toy sharks at my local aquarium, but I’ll link a set from Amazon:
I used this slime recipe to target following directions. With my younger clients, I had them dig the sharks out of the slime and give them a “bath” in soapy water. This allowed me to target simple directions (put in, take out) and elicited language such as “dirty shark”, “wash shark”, “more soap”, etc.
3. Shark Talk
Use those same toy sharks to talk about the different sharks. Target expressive language skills by describing each shark, and comparing similarities and differences.
4. Baby Shark
I swear this song has quickly become my summer theme song, it is forever stuck in my head! This song fits the “shark week” theme perfectly and is a good way to target imitation of gross motor movements. Also, when listening to a song during therapy I will often pause the song every 30 seconds and prompt the child to request “more.”
5. Shark Books
I found this Shark book in the Target dollar section for $1. This book describes a variety of shark species. I used this book to target recalling information, vocabulary, and comparing/contrasting different sharks species (i.e. great white and whale shark).
There are SO many other books that would go great with this theme! Check out Speech is Sweet’s collection of shark books! http://speechissweet.blogspot.com/2018/07/shark-picture-books-for-speech-therapy.html
6. FREE Shark Reading Center
Yeah you read that right, FREE. I love this product I found on teacherspayteachers.com. The download includes a poster that lists 10 common sharks, along with 12 photos and matching comment/question cards.
This activity is perfect for clients who are working on making appropriate comments or labeling pictures!
7. Shark Popper
This toy can be used to target SO many goals, with a variety of ages! I used this ball popper with my younger clients to work on “ready, set, go”, following simple directions (give me, push in, squeeze, etc), and turn taking. With older clients, I targeted expected/unexpected behaviors, spatial concepts, and articulation goals.
8. Sensory Bin
Not exactly shark themed but there was a shark included, so it counts 😊. I cut blue and green straws and placed them in a bin with a variety of ocean animals. My clients had fun digging through the straws to find the animals!
I used this sensory bin to target identifying ocean animals, describing the animals, and expanding utterances (i.e. “ I see shark” or “I found shark”).
Thanks for swimming by!
Let me know what you do to celebrate Shark Week in the comments below!