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Articulate It! An APP Review and Giveaway times TWO!

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If you’re looking for an app that knows how to help you COMMUNICATE IT, FACILITATE IT and INCORPORATE IT in your speech therapy sessions, then you must get ARTICULATE IT!  I love using this app with my “artic” kids!  And to help me CELEBRATE IT, I’m giving away a copy thanks to the generosity of Smarty Ears!  (along with a copy of my TpT item–Phonological Awareness Football!) —A giveaway times TWO!!   But first, let’s walk through the functions of this very comprehensive tool that you’re going to want to add to your therapy regimen.

The first thing worth mentioning is that Smarty Ears recently updated this app’s visual appearance and layout (version 3.2).  While I  thought it was great before, it’s even better now!  The graphics are kid-friendly and visually appealing to your younger students yet just as appropriate for your middle schoolers. (Personally, I love the cute little dinosaur featured on various screens.)

 

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To get things rolling, enter your student’s names and select a picture or avatar to represent them.  The kids always have fun picking out their characters from the multitude of choices that are available.   Up to  6 players can participate in a session…..

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……but first chose the areas you will be addressing.  I love how well organized this app is.  It has broken down the sounds by  phonemes, phonological processes, manner of articulation, and number of syllables.   This way, you can fully customize the specific goals of each student all in one place at one time.  While Johnny may be working on /s/ in the initial position, you can also work with Sally on final consonant deletion—in the same session, at the same time and keep track of their progress while you’re at it!

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If focusing on phonemes, (including 23 phonemes plus r-clusters, l-clusters and s-clusters) tap to select which ones you will be addressing.

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Next chose the position you will be targeting—initial, medial and/or final positions of words.  In addition, you can opt to select/remove words from the list of possibilities for that sound/position.

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This app contains over 1000 images. Most of the pictures are realistic, true to life representations of the actual words, which is always a great feature.   After tapping on the picture, a verbal prompt is given of the targeted picture.   You can then mark it as correct/incorrect by tapping on the check mark or “X” symbol at the bottom of the screen.    Addressing the phrase or sentence level instead?  Tap on the color-coded tabs below the picture and you will be provided with a phrase and sentence for each picture as well.

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The following phonological processes can be addressed as well: fronting, stopping, deaffrication, initial consonant deletion, backing, gliding, final consonant deletion and consonant cluster reduction.

 

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Zeroing in on Manner of Articulation?  Chose from affricates, plosives, liquids, fricatives, glides, nasals and clusters.

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And finally, for those kiddos working on syllabification/multi-syllables,  you can focus on 1, 2, 3 or 4-syllable words (also at the word, phrase and sentence levels.)   So far, none of the other articulation apps that I own provide this feature.  A nice extra for the students on your caseload that are addressing this goal!

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So if all those wonderful features  haven’t already sold you on this app, I have a few more points of interest to highlight:

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1–The app’s settings can be customized to keep/remove the sounds after a response is marked.

2–You can turn on/off the automatic picture changing.

3– You can remove the visual counter at the bottom of the screen that shows how many correct response the student has made. (I know many kids get hung up on wanting to keep track of their scores.  Some even tend to get upset when they see they are not doing well. ) This feature is a good way to remove this distraction and keep the session focused and positive.

4-There is a note-taking option—a nice feature if you want to keep specific information about a student’s performance contained in the app and refer back to it at a later time.

5-There is a “rotate” button which allows you to change the orientation of the picture (moves 90 degrees for every tap) so that your student can be looking at the image while sitting across from you (think flip-book).

6-Want to record your students responses and play them back?  This app allows for voice recording too—great for increasing awareness and self-monitoring!!

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Had enough fun for one day?  Complete your session by tapping on the home button and proceeding to the bottom of the screen where you can click on the “reports” button. Here you can review student data.  It will break down data for the phonemes targeted, the positions they were targeted in , and an overall accuracy percentage. You can also share your data via email, or print out a copy for your records.

 

What would I change or add??  Not too much! However, I’d love to see some sort of reward system in place (similar to the trophies given in Smarty Ears language app, Language Empires).  I think it would help keep the kids interested, motivated and entertained.

 

So there you have it–an extremely comprehensive, well-organized, visually appealing app for addressing articulation on so many levels.   I used it frequently before the update, but find myself reaching for it even more now that a few changes and additions have occurred.   Smarty Ears has put this app on sale for a short time, so you can grab it for $24.99 until April 27th.  After that, it’s back to full price for $38.99.  Regardless of the price point, you will get your money’s worth and find yourself using it over and over with your caseload.

 

Smarty Ears generously provided me with a code to give away on my site. No other form of compensation was provided.

 

And now for the giveaway!!!

 

To go along with this wonderful app, I am giving away a copy of Phonological Awareness Football, available in my TpT store!  This download includes 21 pages.  2 pages of each color-coded helmet category for: identifying how many syllables in a word, what sound begins/ends a word, rhyming, syllable segmentation. Blank cards for each category are also included to add your own words to cards.

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How great is that?!  A code and a download!!  You can enter the rafflecopter giveaway below! Contest ends April 30th at midnight!

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Rhyme, Define, Recycle—Activities for Earth Day!

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In honor of Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22nd each year, I created a book companion activity–Rhyme, Define, Recycle!  It is a book companion activity for the story Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel.   Are you familiar with this book? The story tells the adventures of a young superhero whose power allows him to teach people about recycling.  He helps them turn their hazy, garbage-filled town into a clean and beautiful place to live.  This humorous story is written in rhyme and teaches a wonderful lesson about the importance of being environmentally aware.The accompanying activity consists of a rhyming and definition match-up game as well as game card with tips to teach kids about recycling!

Then we did some REAL recycling projects!  We used an egg carton to make LITTER BUGS and egg shells to make EGG HEADS—it was messy but fun!   Read on to see our creations!!   And if you’re not sure what to do with the eggs you have just cracked—DON’T let them go to waste!  Here are two delicious recipe posts that I previously wrote—both are yummy ways to use those eggs!!   You can find them HERE and HERE!! 

 

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The first set of card-(36 in all)- are a matching/rhyming game.  All words are taken from the book.  This is a great way to address phonological awareness and rhyming skills. Give each player 5 cards. Place the rest in a pile. Take turns finding rhyming matches until all cards have been used.  Also included are “recycling tips” cards—use  for taking an extra turn or losing a turn.

The second set of 18 cards are vocabulary words from the story.  Use these to match up the words with the correct definition. Recycling tips cards are also included for this activity.

 

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Don’t be a LITTER BUG!   (But it’s always fun to make one!)

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This activity will teach your kiddos how to recycle in a creative way!

You will need an empty egg carton (I prefer the cardboard ones instead of the foam ones since paint sticks to them a little better.

Use whatever craft supplies you might have laying around the house, the classroom, etc.  Remember the object is to recycle and use existing materials.

I took out my jars of tempura paint, colored straws, pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, yarn, tissue paper and pom-poms.  You could also use dried foods like pasta shapes, dry beans, etc.

 

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I cut out each of the egg cups from the carton, then let the kids pick the paint colors and go to town painting the carton cup and themselves!

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If time permits, let the carton pieces dry.  You can add the embellishments while it’s still wet, but it may get a little messy.

Some students chose to add yarn for hair……

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…or spider legs.

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Others chose tissue paper that we made into wings.

 

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And pipe cleaners made good legs too!

 

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When we were done, we compared and described the different litter bugs we created.  We took turns trying to guess which litter bug the other students were describing. And we  promised to be good to the Earth by remembering to recycle and NOT be a litter bug!

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But there’s more!!  An egg carton was not the only thing we recycled….we then found a good use for the egg shells as well!  We made EGG HEADS and planted grass inside each.  If all goes as planned, our EGG HEADS will grow “hair” on top of their funny little faces!

 

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I cracked the eggs close to the top portion of the shell so that we would be able to utilize the majority of the egg shell.

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Be sure to rinse the inside of the shell with water.

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I filled one container with grass seed and one with potting soil.  We used a plastic spoon to fill the shells.

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But first we gave some personality to our little egg heads.  Use a Sharpie marker to let the kids design their own face.

 

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Fill the shell with potting soil, close to the top but leaving a little space to sprinkle extra soil.

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Then sprinkle the soil evenly with  a few pinches of grass seed.

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Lastly, cover the top with an even layer of soil—enough to cover up the seeds.

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Have your students sequence the steps in making their egg heads.  Talk about the shape of the eggs and brainstorm other things that are shaped like an ovalExplain to them the importance of good soil, water and sunlight to make plants grow.  Name other types of seeds that can be planted in the ground.

Be sure to water your EGG HEADS occasionally and keep them near sunlight.  You should see grass begin to germinate within 7-10 days!   Once the grass has started to grow,  you can plant it in the school yard or have your student bring it home to plant in their own yard.  They will have done their part to help make the Earth a little greener!!

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Reading Comprehension Camp makes for “happy campers” in the speech room! {APP REVIEW and 2-Part GIVEAWAY}

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As SLP’s we all have our bag of tricks for making therapy fun and motivating while addressing our student’s IEP goals effectively.   Finding ways to make learning exciting and keeping it meaningful is what we do best!  While many of us use board games, wonderful TpT products, our own homemade and vendor-purchased products, and yes, sometimes even FOOD when possible and appropriate (that would be ME!) we all appreciate a few good apps to liven things up!

Reading Comprehension Camp is one more app (just released by the fantastic folks at Smarty Ears),  that I will be adding to my repertoire.  It’s sure to result in “happy campers” around the campfire therapy table! (s’mores optional!)
See the reviews from my “happy campers” at the end of the post.

 

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The students I work with are primarily middle and high school age and I am always looking for new materials and apps that are age/grade level appropriate.  I was pleased to see that Reading Comprehension Camp addresses the needs of some of my older students—with  five reading levels ranging from L1 (2nd-3rd grade) through L5 for (6-7th grade),  Smarty Ears utilized the Flesch-Kincaid readability levels to coincide with this app.  For each of the app’s levels, there are 10 possible stories to choose from.

 

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This app is extremely easy to navigate, however there is a short video tutorial included if you need to make reference.

First, you will need to select players by entering their names and a photo, avatar or no picture.  Up to 4 players at once can join in.

 

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Next, choose the story level.  Level 1 stories consist of a small paragraph. The higher the level, the more complex and lengthy the paragraph will become.

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Additionally,  you can customize the visuals in each story—choose from small/large images and/or font sizes for story presentation.  You can also chose to have the story read aloud to you or the therapist/student can read it aloud.  Another plus—-the students can record themselves reading the story!  This allow students to practice their reading fluency skills and provides auditory feedback so that the student and teacher can immediately listen and analyze.

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After the decoding portion is complete, it’s quiz time!  The therapist/teacher can choose to address “WH” questions,  inferencing, cause/effect, sequencing, vocabulary or all areas at once.  Customize the questions according to the goals you are addressing with your students.   Up to 11 questions per story are possible.

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You can also customize the answer choices: 1-how many choices you want to present, 2-determine the stimuli for wrong responses (eliminate the choice, show it crossed out, use a buzzing sound), 3-display the hint button, 4-use the speak function and 5- story art (display/ no display) .

 

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I’m a fan of the hint button, which highlights important information related to the question being asked.   Highlighting is a great strategy to teach students to utilize for zeroing in on key details within a paragraph. 

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Above is a visual of the “cross-out” feature—a good strategy to teach students when reading any passage that has multiple choice responses!

 

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Quiz features offer options to show only the visual…….

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….only the text………

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…or neither picture visual  nor text.   Without these references, the difficulty level increases, depending on the students strengths and weaknesses.

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When the quiz is complete, you can visit the “student lounge.”  Here you can select a player and be sent to a screen which has collected all the data related to performance on the questions. A breakdown (percentage score)  is provided by question type.  Results can be share by printing, emailing or importing to the  Therapy Report Center.  Familiar with this app?  Well you need to check this out if you have lots of Smarty Ears apps and want a place to store all your student’s data/results  in one place!!

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“Create Own Story” button:

For me, the “piece de resistance” is the feature that allows you to record your OWN storyit’s an app within an app (in my opinion!)  Check out the “create your own story” button located at the bottom of the screen.

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Next upload your own photo and build your story around it.  This can be a photo from one of the stories on the app,  a photo that you (the therapist) choose, or perhaps a photo chosen by the student, which means that either of you can be in charge of creating the storyline—–AND the questions to accompany it.   This feature turns the app into a tool which allows students to work on expressive language, thought organization, sequencing and writing skills.

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I haven’t used the “”create own story”  option with my students yet, but I look forward to it!  I plan to have the students write their own story based on a picture of their choosing.  In return, I will create questions that will probe further into their writing—to address inferencing, reasoning and problem solving, etc.  Since so many of my students are concrete thinkers or fail to use details in their writing, this will be an effective way to get them to further develop their expressive language and writing skills.

Overall, I think this app has a lot to offer and is well worth the cost!   Reading Comprehension Camp is available in the iTunes store for $19.99.

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“Happy Camper”  Reviews:  (quotes from my students)

“It was helpful to have it highlight the part of the story that had the answer.”

“The story was easy to read, but some of the questions were hard for me. I guess I need to work on this.”

“It’s easier to read when the letters are in big print.”

“That girl in Movie Drama was so rude!”

“I can’t believe how clueless the dad was (in Wise Beyond His Years) His kid should be embarrassed!”

“Cool, Mrs. Kesting! Where’s the marshmallows and cocoa!”

“Why are the avatar dudes so weird–I want the one with the square purple hair.”

“Can we play this again tomorrow?”

And now the Spring Break giveaway!  (sorry–if you were expecting an all-expense paid trip to Cabo San Lucas this is not the giveaway for you!)  

However, you will receive some fun stuff to bring back to the therapy room after your Spring Break is over!

Not only will you get a copy of this awesome app, but the winner will also receive a copy of one of my newest TpT item—Magic Squares—great for introducing new vocabulary (Spring-time themed!)  —created with your middle/high school students in mind!      

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Peter Cottontail Cookies—with speechsnacks for “Collect the Cottontails” game

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This week’s recipe is the perfect sweet treat to make with your kiddos right before the Easter Bunny’s arrival!  They are light and slightly chewy and when you whip up and bake these fluffy creations, they closely resemble a rabbit’s cottontail!  These cookies are a tradition in my family—We have made them year after year during the week right before Easter.  In our household, this recipe also carries symbolic religious meaning (I have included that version at the bottom of this week’s post so be sure to read on if you would prefer the Catholic interpretation).  Also check out the very fun and easy game “Collect the Cottontails” that I created and use with my articulation and language kiddos during the week leading up to Easter.    

Ingredients:

1 cup whole pecans
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
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3 egg whites
wooden spoon (or rolling pin)
Pinch salt

(Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line ungreased cookie sheets with wax paper or parchment paper)

 

Measure out one cup of whole pecans. Place into a zip lock baggie and let the kiddos have fun pounding on the bag to break up the pecans into small pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of great verbs to discuss and demonstrate with the help of your kiddos—-measure, chop, crush, fold, drop, separate, whip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Separate out the egg yolks from the whites and add whites to an electric mixer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save this part for the adults!  It could get a little tricky!  

Add one teaspoon of white vinegar to the egg whites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add one cup of sugar and a dash of salt to the egg whites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have your kids observe the changes that occur in egg whites—discuss how they look BEFORE they are whipped–use describing words like clear, yellowish, liquid.  How do they feel and smell? …….. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow!  They egg whites have drastically changed after whipping in the mixer!  Describe how they look now! “white, stiff, fluffy”

Fold in the chopped pecans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discuss the word “fold” with your kids as you fold in the pecans.  FOLD has more than one meaning—-folding in pecans is different than folding a napkin!  Show them the difference!  

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Place in the oven at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Cookies will brown slightly. Remove from the oven. Let cool, then carefully remove with a spatula. Cookies will be crisp on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COLLECT THE COTTONTAILS 

For this game you will need:

  • one empty egg carton
  • 12 plastic eggs
  • small pom-poms (white, pink and black)—these represent the “cottontails”

I filled every egg with either one, two or three white pom-poms.  Then  I randomly chose four eggs and added a pink pom-pom.  I chose three others and added one black pom-pom.

This game can be used with any speech/language area that you are targeting in your lessons.  I recently used it with my kiddos who were working on the /r/ and /s/ at the word level. 

You can also use the word list from this FREEBIE at my TeachersPayTeachers Store!  Use it to target specific speech sounds or as a Spring vocabulary list

After saying a word on their list (i.e. Spring words with their sound) five times, allow the student to pick one egg  and open it. 

If they pick an egg with all white cottontails, they keep them.  If they pick one that contains white and one pink cottontail, they get to take another turn.  If they pick one that contains white and black cottontails, the need to give up those cottontails to the player next to them!  

The winner is the student who has collected the most cottontails at the end of the game.

The kids loved this suspenseful and simple game.  The game goes pretty quickly so you may have time to play another round.  Simply refill the eggs (mix up the order in the carton so they can’t remember where the same cottontails are).    

 

 

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Here is the religious version of the same recipe as above.  Each ingredients is very religiously symbolic and is accompanied by reading from the bible.  The only difference with this recipe is that the cookies are suppose to remain in the oven overnight (another symbolic religious reference).  By doing so, the centers will dry out and become hollow.   In the first version of the recipe, the cookies remain in the oven for only 15 minutes and the centers will somewhat chewy.

Empty Easter Tomb Cookies 

These empty Easter Tomb cookies are to be made the evening before Easter.

You will need:
1 Bible
1 cup whole pecans
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
zipper baggie
3 egg whites
wooden spoon
Pinch salt
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Preheat oven to 300 F.

Place pecans in zipper baggie and beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. After Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.  Read John 19:1-3.

Smell the vinegar.
Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl. When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into your hand. Taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. This represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.

Add 1 cup of sugar. The sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. The color white represents the purity in God’s eyes, of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18, & John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. With a piece of tape seal the oven door. Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 28:65-66.

GO TO BED! You may feel safe to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.  Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and take a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!

On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.

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EGG-streme EGG-tivities for Spring and Easter!

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This week’s post is filled with enough activities to keep your kiddos busy until Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail! 

I’ve included:

1–a recipe for BIRD’S NEST COOKIES that are kid-centered and good for you!

2–a craft project that uses recyclable materials to make your very own bird’s nests in the therapy room or at home

3–a fun and functional game to teach SPRING VOCABULARY (also available for FREE in my TpT store)

4- a really fun and funny language game that you can find by visiting my TPT store–Scrambled Eggs!  {cat-EGG-ories, EGG-spressions and EGG-stremely funny crack ups!}  Enjoy all the spring and Easter-themed goodies while you practice good speech and language!

 

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I loved all the great patterns on these eggs and thought they would be perfect for creating matching games to learn some language concepts!  Included in this packet are:

1- EGG-spressions (pgs 3-5) includes 12 egg-themed idioms and 12 matching definitions.  Scramble up the cards, turn them face down and use them to play a matching game.  Each player should get a copy of the basket to collect their eggs. Use the additional cards—cracked eggs, speckled eggs, chocolate rabbits  (pgs 17-21) to earn additional points.   The player with the most egg points at the end of the game is the winner.

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2- Cat-EGG-ories: pgs 3-5—includes 16 categories and 16 matching answers.  Cut the cards into two halves on the solid lines. Scramble up the halves. Students must match the correct top half to the correct bottom half.    These cards are versatile. Use them to have players guess the category when only given a bottom half or conversely, guess words to fit in the category given on the top half.   Collect cards in your basket.  The player with the most matches wins.  (additional egg cards (pgs 17-21) may be used to earn more eggs, however playing without these cards works just as well.  Blank cards have been included for customizing your own categories.

 

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3-EGG-stremely funny crack-ups: pgs  13-15—includes 12 joke cards and 12 answer cards.   Play the same as a matching game.  Scramble up the cards. Players need to find the correct answer to the jokes (all egg-themed) and then explain the joke in order to keep the pair.  Add your eggs to the basket provided.  Use the additional  eggs/chocolate rabbit cards to collect more points.

(*Bonus Bunnies should be treated as extra “points” when collecting eggs to add to your basket)

* Make additional copies of the baskets for each player

A collectible speechsnacks recipe card for “Bird’s Nest Cookies” has been provided.  The recipes are the inspiration behind the speech/language activities!  Collect them all in a three-ring binder!  This recipe is kid-centered  and good for you! Enjoy!

 

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BIRD’S NEST CRAFT/RECYCLING PROJECT

 

To make your birds nest, you will need square containers……

 

….like the ones I used here—a styrofoam mushroom container and a clear plastic container from a guacamole kit—you will find these in the produce section of your supermarket.

You will also need plastic eggs and grass,  a brown paper bag cut into long strips, and  glue.

 

 

Cut your strips of brown paper bag and start gluing them to the bottom of the container.  Lay them in different directions, covering the entire bottom and sides of container.  Use a rubber band to hold the pieces in place while they dry.

 

 

 

Flip the container over. Glue and add the strips to the inside of the container.

 

 

Your container should start to resemble a bird’s nest.  You can add green Easter grass to the inside of the container if you wish.  Also, if pressed for time in the classroom, use the containers as is, and fill them with the grass.

Students will earn eggs by reaching into a bag that contains the following colored eggs:

BLUE=How many syllables are in your word?

PURPLE=Think of a word that rhymes with your word

YELLOW= Use your word in a sentence

ORANGE=What category does your word fit into? Name two other words in that category

GREEN=Guess  my word–give three clues about the word 

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Download the FREEBIE Spring word list and Egg Color Chart to accompany this game here!!!!

 

Keep the chart in front of you as your play.   Cut out each Spring word and place them randomly into the eggs.  Put all eggs in a bag so players can’t see which one they are choosing.

Each student can collect their eggs in their  own “nest” .

The winner will be the student who has tallied up the most points at the end of the game.

 

 

 

BIRD’S NEST COOKIES

Heat oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

In a mixing bowl, combine: 1 cup all-natural peanut butter ,    1 cup ricemellow creme, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 cups oats, 1/2 cup sliced almonds, 1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the kids have fun measuring and pouring all the ingredients into the bowl and mixing with their hands!

 

LOVE this product I recently started using…it contains no fat, no refined sugar, no corn sweeteners, no cane sugar, no preservatives! It’s derived from brown rice syrup (it’s  the healthy version of marshmallow fluff)….so use it to make rice crispy treats, on a sandwich with peanut butter or to top your hot chocolate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shape heaping tablespoons of the mixture into balls with your hands. Wet your hands slightly so that the mixture won’t get too sticky. Then press into the center to hollow out the middle and form a nest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This step is also all about the kids!  Rolling the dough is a great fine motor, kid-centered task!

 

Add your favorite preserves to the center of each cookie before baking for 10-12 minutes. You can also add other centers such as dried sweetened cranberries, dried apricots, raisins or all-natural jelly beans(just be sure to add them AFTER the cookies have baked or they will burn or melt!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the kids  help decide what to add to the centers—give them some new, healthy options to explore—make them part of the process and they might just surprise you with their willingness to taste something new!!

 

 

 

 

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