Monday, September 30, 2019

Farm Animals Come to Speech - 25+ Links

While labeling farm animals is not a functional
communication skill for those students with no or
limited expressive language, the language taught
while playing with the barn and animals can
be functional across all environments. Use core
vocabulary words and phrases such as go, in,
out, eat, walk, run, go in, you get,
and want drink
The farm animal theme has always been one of my favorites to use in therapy. Below you will find 25+ links to therapy activity ideas covering a wide range of speech and language goals. 

I like 5 Language Goals to Target with a Farm Set from Teach

The post by Dabbling Speechie, Farm Themed Speech Therapy Toys and Materials, is full of good ideas. 

Read Talk with Derby's How to Use Farm Toys for Speech  

Look at WhitneySLP's room transformation on Down on the Speech Farm.

Allison Fors tells how she uses a toy farm in speech therapy at WHY YOU SHOULD BE USING A TOY FARM IN SPEECH THERAPY and click on this link to see her FREE Interactive Book.

Play the Animal Fun Game at Use a switch and switch interface to access this game and 11 other infant games. 

Play Peg + Cat's Chicken Coop at while working on spatial concepts. This would be a great game played on a whiteboard. Don't let the students move the chickens. To increase language opportunities, have your students to tell YOU where to put the chickens.  Note there are 100 chickens to move. Instead of trying to move all of the chickens, set a timer - How many chickens did you move in five minutes? ten minutes?

Look at 5 Fabulous Farm Books for Speech Therapy from the My Speech Tools blog. She describes these read alouds, gives suggestions for language and literacy activities as well as vocabulary suggestions. 

Books for Teaching About Farms and Farm Animals for grades PreK, 1, and 2 can be found at

These apps were found at the Apple Store. The lite version
is free and the full version is $1.99. The full version is also
available at Amazon and Google Play. This app would go
well with the "Who's behind the barn door?" activity.
 You may want to consider watching the FREE
four-minute video of the Peekaboo Barn app on YouTube.

MORE - Farm Pic for Peekaboo Barn App (TpT) Free
It's easy to make 1234 More Storytimes's Flannel Friday: Who's Behind the Barn Door?  Use flannel or paper. For a no-prep activity, use your plastic farm animals and a barn. AND, a post at Buggy and Buddy has a similar FREE printable. Teach core vocabulary who, what, open, and behind.

Facilitate language using sensory bins. At Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls, see a farm sensory bin with a corn silo that really loads a tractor.  Another creative blogger planted grass in her sensory table. Visit The Thoughtful Spot Day Care to see her farm complete with grass! 

The Farmyard Jamboree, by Margaret Read MacDonald, is inspired by a Chilean folk tale and introduces members of a family along with a new farmyard animal and an animal baby on every page. This video, by Barefoot Books, would be a great follow-up activity. 

Teach core vocabulary words "who" and "not" while singing Who Took The Cookie? (Farm Animals Version) from Super Simple Songs. has story props for Old Macdonald Had a FarmThe Very Busy SpiderThe Farmer in the DellThe Cow Who Clucked, Cows in the Kitchen, Where is the Green Sheepand Rosie's Walk

Sing Old MacDonald had a Farm and model the core words here and there. Use the story props from Kizclub or your own farm animal props. So much language can be modeled while playing with the FREE app Old MacDonald Had a Farm HD from Duck Duck Moose LLC (Apple Store).

Play a stop and go game while pretending to be farm animals (fly, swim, crawl, walk, moo, etc.). One example of this type of game can be found at PreKinders (see Horse Stop and Go). FREE masks can be printed at Life Over C's (you must subscribe to the newsletter to print the masks).  

There are many good ideas for farm theme activities on Make Learning

Look at my post, Target Language Skills with Mr. GumpyI've used John Burningham's predictable book, Mr. Gumpy's Outing, in therapy many times. It's a simple book about children and farm animals who take a ride in Mr. Gumpy's boat.

There are many, many farm-themed activities at Teachers Pay Teachers. Here are a few of the FREE activities. 

Diana Quinn

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