We may be spending more time indoors but there are still amazing outdoor topics to learn about! Here are 3 ways to keep your students engaged in nature during the winter.

1. Snow

Read a story about snow. Two of my favorite storybooks to use in speech therapy are The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and The Mitten by Jan Brett. Both of these stories take place mostly outside and provide opportunities to discuss snow activities and animals.

The Snowy Day craftivity

Make a cool craft while talking about what Peter did in the snow with this free activity. Students working on sequencing and sentence building will get a lot of practice!

I love knitting, so The Mitten is a special story. Nicki and the animals rely on Baba’s knitting to stay warm! Use this companion to target multiple language and phonological awareness goals in speech.

2. Arctic Animals

Go beyond polar bears and arctic foxes with this interactive book that includes interesting details about animals that live in the North Pole and Arctic Sea.

3. Hibernation

Wintering and hibernation are an important part of nature. What seems like a cold, bare, and dreary time of the year is actually very beautiful. This time of rest is what makes nature so resilient.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is a great book for young students learning about hibernation. Use this companion to help with speech therapy in person or online.

Do you use winter nature themes in speech? Let us know how you and your students stay in touch with nature during the winter.

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