Are you getting ready for Christmas? I love the Christmas season for many reasons. This is one of my favorites times in the school year. The hallways are filled with Christmas cheer, children are excited for the weeks to come, and therapy rooms are brought back to life with fun activities!
I want to share a quick activity that I have used in my therapy room with the weeks leading up until Christmas break. This activity can be used with any skill. It’s perfect for those mixed groups when each child is working on a different goal. The children decorate the Christmas tree with mini-bows as a reinforcement activity. Here are some quick steps to make your own Christmas Tree.
- Cut out a Christmas tree on paper. I am not the best artist, so a friend of mine traced a tree for me. Then, glue the tree on black poster board and laminate for durability.
- Next, put Velcro dots on the Christmas tree. Put the matching sides of the Velcro dots on mini-bows. I bought the mini-bows at the Dollar Tree. I’m sure you could find them in many stores during this season.
- Last, let your students decorate the Christmas tree with bows during therapy. I have used this in many ways. I used it to target following directions (e.g., First, put on two pink bows and then one white bow). I also used it to target prepositions (e.g., put the pink bow below the silver bow). The best thing is, it can be used with any skill. After my students completed their task (e.g., answered five WH questions, said ten words containing their target sound, etc.) they put a few bows on the tree. So much fun!
I hope you truly enjoy this special season. Enjoy the time with your students, family, and friends. Have a fun last couple weeks before Christmas break!