Monday, October 14, 2013
Halloween Eraser Fun
This little jar of Halloween-themed erasers has been my go-to material for the past week. Who knew that an inexpensive little bag of erasers that I picked up at a craft store was worth its weight in gold? Let me show you some of the ways I've been using them.
I used them for sorting with some little orange buckets I found at Target in the dollar section. They were perfect for my little Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) kids working on Consonant-Vowel pairs while we said "in" and "out". Then we turned the buckets over and put the erasers "on" and "off". Then I used them with preschoolers for following directions such as "Put a bat on the bucket with a ghost".
I used them with every articulation kiddo I saw, too. Last year I printed off this great pumpkin from 3Dinosaurs.com and laminated it. I give the kids a handful of erasers and have them put one eraser on a dot on the pumpkin after they say a target word/sentence a pre-determined number of times. It's fun to watch them decide where to place their erasers. Some make patterns, some put them in rows and some just place them randomly. But no matter where they put them, we get lots of opportunities to practice sounds.
Here's another version of using erasers to track productions. I use these strips with my younger kiddos who need to work in shorter bursts of time. Like the example above with the pumpkin, kids put an eraser on a picture on the strip after attempting a target word. After filling a strip with 5 bats, I give them a new strip with pumpkins or ghosts and fill that one, too. I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways to get my littlest friends to give me at least 10 good attempts at saying new words. This one usually works for me. I like to change it up a bit and let them select which strip they'd like to cover, so I made four different ones for Halloween.
Gotta love those cute Halloween graphics from Scrappin' Doodles! I'd love to share these with you if you'd like. Just click here.
One last way I used them was to hide a bunch in my tub of beans. It's all kinds of fun! And speech and language opportunities abound. What kid doesn't love to dig for "treasure"?
What are your ideas? I'm sure you can think of a few...