• Mandi SLP of Panda Speech.

Alternative Holiday Themes for Speech Therapy

It is important to be sensitive to your students' holiday traditions, customs, beliefs, etc... The last thing I want to do is make one of my students uncomfortable with one of my lesson plan themes. The month of December is a time to be aware that all of your students may not celebrate the way you do! In my school, we do not have restrictions on holiday themes, I am free to use Santa, Christmas tree, or reindeer themes if I choose (and I often do). Sometimes I will have a student on my caseload that celebrates something different or doesn't recognize the secular symbols of Christmas. When this occurs, I come upon with alternative themes to make sure all of my students enjoy the activity. I wanted to share a few to give you some ideas too! For your convenience I have linked to blog posts, freebies, Amazon produces (affiliate), and Teachers Pay Teachers resources in each theme.


This theme can be used with all students (just select materials that are not tied to Christmas necessarily). You can do gingerbread men lessons, gingerbread house lessons, or both!

Books to try:

Mr. Gingerbread's Buttons by Panda Speech on TPT

The Gingerbread Man Book on Amazon

+Gingerbread Man Book Companion by The Reading Speechie

Crafts to try:

Build with Sounds Candy House by Panda Speech on TPT

Gingerbread Craft Activities by Crazy Speech World on TPT

Sensory Bin Ideas:

The Dabbling Speechie's FREE Gingerbread man sensory bin printables

FREE Gingerbread Man and Friends Sensory Bin by Ms. Gardenia's

Speech room for rhyming words

Other materials to try:

FREE Dress a Gingerbread man by Panda Speech

Which One Doesn't Belong a NO PRINT activity (for your laptop or tablet) by Panda Speech

Feed the Gingerbread Man by Speech Time Fun

Gingerbread Pronouns by Talking with Rebecca Free Gingerbread Add Ons by Everything Speechy


People often associate a snowman with Christmas, but there are a ton activities with this theme that are geared more toward winter weather.

Books to try:

Mr. Frost Lost His Nose Lift-a-Flap Book by Panda Speech on TPT

Snowmen at Night (Amazon)

+Snowmen at night Book Buddy by A Perfect Blend


Cotton ball snowman template by A Little Pinch of Perfect Blog

Build a Snowman by SLT Scrapbook

Other materials to try:

Snowman Articulation by Speech is Sweet

Build A Snowman Open Ended Game by Panda Speech

Mrs. Snowman Awesome Articulation Sheets by Gold Country SLP


Books to try:

The Big Snowball (Amazon). This book has pictures in the sentences (perfect for my language students). The version I bought on Amazon even has flashcards to go with it!

Craft Activities

You can make snowflakes by folding and cutting paper (google "paper snowflakes" for ideas)

Articulation Snowflake Q-Tip Painting by Courtney Gragg

Articulation Snowflakes by Speech Therapy Plans

Articulation Snow Flakes by TLC Talkshop

Other Resources to try:

Snow Toss Open-Ended Game Mat FREEBIE by Panda Speech (Instant download)

Snowball Splat (Articulation and Language) by Peachie Speechie

Multiple Meaning Word Snowflakes by the Activity Tailor

Free Snowball 100 trials challenge by Peachie Speechie

Snowflake is On and Next to Freebie by Super Power Speech

Arctic Animals (Penguins/Polar Bears)

Books to Try:

Polar Bear Fishing Lift-a-Flap Book by Panda Speech on TPT

Ten on a Sled (Amazon)

+Ten on a Sled Book Companion by Speech and Language Pirates

Sensory Bin Ideas:

Make your own Feed the Animal by Ms. Gardenia's Speech Room (Polar Bear & Penguin)

Penguin Match Ups by the Dabbling Speechie

Arctic Sensory Bin by Speech and Language Pirates

TPT Resources:

Make Your Own Feed the Animal: Penguin and Polar Bear by Ms. Gardenia's Speech Room

Arctic and Antarctic Animals Facts by Crazy Speech World

Penguins Dress Up Game by Alberta Speechie

Penguin Language Games for Early Concepts by Natalie Snyders

And just for fun! You could do a YETI theme!


Try the game Yeti in my Spaghetti (Amazon)

TPT Resources:

Yeti Inferencing and Vocabulary by SLP Runner Yeti for Speech and Language Thematic Pack by Sparklle SLP

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