The best part about using a camping theme in speech therapy is– let's be real– the absence of bugs. Wait, I mean the huge amount of flexibility to target speech and language goals. And that you can use the theme for weeks. Or maybe it's the fact that kids LOVE to talk about camping.
Either way, there are so many great digital activities for the theme of camping. Whether you're looking for something to engage squirmy preschoolers or motivate teenagers, you'll be a happy camper! This list of activities will save you time rummaging through your files (and the internet) by giving you a mountain of ideas... all just a click away!
One word. S'MORES. Do your students go nuts at just the thought of melted marshmallows and chocolate like mine do? So much vocabulary can be addressed with this topic though, so I'm here for it too!
This Boom Card deck brings s'mores to life in teletherapy by making the treat digitally, then sequencing and retelling the steps. A quick and easy way to target so many goals!
This camping-themed interactive PDF targets vocabulary, answering wh- questions, formulating sentences, pronouns, and articulation, all within one file!
It's perfect for not only teletherapy, but also any PDF reader app on an iPad. Download, and you're done!
If you're on my e-mail list, don't forget about this activity in the FREEBIE LIBRARY! The one-page camping scene has articulation and language prompts right on the page.... plus a printable version for homework or face-to-face therapy!
Search the following book titles/authors wherever you access digital versions of books (your local library, YouTube, websites, online stores, etc.).
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
Boris Goes Camping by Carrie Weston
Curious George Goes Camping by Margret Rey
Pete the Cat Goes Camping by James Dean
Goodnight, Campsite by Loretta Sponsler
Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
Llama Llama Loves Camping by Anna Dewdney
Websites and Games
PBS Kids has this Curious Campout activity that allows children to set up and explore a campsite.
This PBS Kids activity allows kids to catch fireflies, set up a tent, and more!
This hidden picture on the Highlights Kids website is great for expanding upon camping vocabulary.
Play this camping gear memory (with real photos!) on matchthememory.com!
If you own this summer-themed Boom Card deck of passages and stories, the story called "What's the Sound?" would be a great addition to your camping theme!
Activities for Older Students
This article on Newsela discusses hammock tents that are suspended from trees.
Another article on Newsela tells about a state program teaching families how to camp with a first-hand experience!
This fictional story on ReadWorks is a great way to target speech and language with older students.
This camping quiz by Scout Life is a fun activity to get students talking and check prior knowledge on the topic of camping.
With all of these ideas, you can just set up camp right here on the blog post to keep all of these quick, easy, and engaging therapy plans at your fingertips. Be sure to check out this even bigger resource full of summer-themed lesson plans for teletherapy and digital speech therapy!