Iâ€™ve read the feedback before on peopleâ€™s products (and always fear for the feedback on my own products) that say something along the lines ofâ€¦â€I wish there were more than 10 targetsâ€ or â€œthis craft takes too long for me to only get x amount of words.â€ Well, in most cases (not all of course), if you had a true â€œcraftâ€ that had 50 targets, youâ€™d most likelyÂ be working on it for multiple sessions. So letâ€™s talk about how to go about a session with a craft with 10 targets and how to take it beyond that. Take my spring flower crown craft for example. Letâ€™s go through the steps to make it ( Iâ€™ll use /l/ as an example.).:
- Color flowers/band: Hereâ€™s the easy part. They say what they are coloring right?Well how about if they say the word each time they color the petal?
- Cut out flowers and bands: youâ€™ll most likely be doing this which can sometimes create a â€œlullâ€ in the activity and practicing of sounds. Try these ideas next time:
- What other words start with /l/?
- Go back down to syllable level while cutting (lee, lay, lie, low, etc.)
- What picture should I do next, â€œlionâ€ or â€œlamp?â€
- Tell me if Iâ€™m saying the word correctly (discrimination/placement awareness).
- Make silly sentences using the targeted word.
- Tell me where our tongue is when we make our good /l/ sounds.
- Letâ€™s create a funny story about a “lion”.
- Tape flowers onto crown: Hereâ€™s another opportunity to practice those 10 targets again. Have your students say the targets as tape is applied and as you attach it to the crown.
- Put on crown: Iâ€™m sure they will want to see themselves in the mirror, right? What pictures can they see in the mirror? (more targets! ;])
Truth is, I actually get plenty of targets doing crafts, you just have to be creative with it! What I also love about crafts is that it works more on carryover than drill because the focus isnâ€™t entirely on the sounds themselves.
Let me know what other ways you target sounds while crafting in the comments below! If youâ€™d like to check out these flower crowns, click here. Happy crafting!