Pirates always give me a flashback to my college days. My husband and I went as pirates together one Halloween when we were dating in college, so pirates always make me think of him! (Also, I probably always associate him and pirates because he defaulted to going as a pirate for 3 out of 4 years we were dating.. and also maybe also because when he ordered a pirate costume the first year, the company accidentally sent him a women’s pirate costume, so he could only wear the eye patch and head wrap for Halloween… ha. Still cracks me up to this day!)
Anyway, I also love incorporating fun pirate activities into speech, and wanted to share with you a few of my favorites for a link-up by Ashley over at Sweet Southern Speech!
1. “Ahoy, Pirate Pete” is one of my favorite books to use in therapy. I love how interactive it is, so it keeps my little guys engaged throughout the entirety of the book. They get to choose how the story reads on each page, and I get to hit multiple language targets! They never get tired of it because they can change the way the story reads each time. For a video to see examples of the pages, click here (I have been searching my house high and low for my Pirate Pete book, and can’t find it anywhere to take an example picture of one of the pages! Womp womp)
Sidenote: If you are transporting your sensory bin in a vehicle, make sure it’s in a bin with a lid. I made this novice mistake, and when someone cut me off and I had to slam on my brakes, my bin FULL of beans went flying EV-ER-Y-WHERE! I’m still finding beans randomly in my car! When I took my car in for an oil change to Jiffy Lube recently, I felt like I should explain to the mechanics why they might find randomly find beans while they were vacuuming the inside of my car.. ha. #totallynormal #slpproblems
I bought the gold coins from Michaels around St. Patty’s Day one year, but you can find some at your local party supply store (like Party City) or on Amazon (note: the link is an add-on item, but I’m sure you can find something else you need to purchase on Amazon!). I put scotch tape on the gold coins and wrote numbers 1-5 with a sharpie on the tape, so I could take the numbers off and reuse the coins for other purposes if I so desired. No- cost alternative: Cut out some “coins” with yellow construction paper– super easy, but even easier with a circle die-cut, or the craft circle punchers if you have one!
With a mixed group, you could lay different target cards below each other, and each one of your kiddos can have a dedicated color (think Webber artic cards– whoever is working on their /k/ sound always knows to use the pink card in each column, whoever is working on /f/ knows to use the red card in each column, etc…).
3. Another pirate-themed activity I used was a pirate game board from the phonological process palooza pack from Mia at Putting Words in Your Mouth. It’s super cute and an easy thing to pull out and use with any target!
What are some of your favorite pirate activities to do in therapy?