Articulation Message in a Bottle

Grade Levels
2nd - 6th
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This is a combination speech and language activity that can easily become part of your everyday therapy routine, or a stand alone articulation-language activity and it’s simple but GENIUS. Students say-and- write ‘ secret articulation messages’ containing their target sound and put them in a bottle (or jar) for OTHER students to open, read and answer.

It’s a lovely end of therapy activity to introduce into your speech room this year and students just love the ‘secret’ aspect of it. Picture cards and word lists are provided so that students can stick pictures on their messages and say-practice-write sound loaded sentences. Message Prompts are included to target a range of different language goals (e.g. ask a question, describe something, share a secret, share a fact, make a silly sentence etc.) so it really gets creativity and motivation going!

To help provide meaningful feedback, colorful, themed Feedback Cards are provided to use flexibly in therapy with phrases such as ‘Did you forget something?’ and ‘Can you fix it?’. An achievement page is also included so that you can make comments and use behavioral reinforcement for therapy successes such as ‘I made sentences all by myself’ and ‘I got ten in a row’. It’s a lovely little empowerment and your kids can try to ‘collect’ all of the achievements.

If you want to get crafty (and who doesn’t?!) blank craft pages are included to make a picture loaded bottle or write a real, extended message in a bottle.

Read more about this on the blog and how to implement it in your speech room.⭐



✅ -- Sounds included: K, G, F, V, S, S BLENDS, Z, L, L BLENDS, SH, CH, J, R, R BLENDS, TH.

✅ -- 15 pages of Mini Picture Cards for each sound in initial-medial-final position (10 pictures per position, so 30 pictures per sound in total)

✅ -- Wordlists for each sound in each position (20 words per position, so 60 words per sound in total)

✅ -- Message Prompt scaffolds to help students with writing

✅ -- 25 blank strips for writing articulation messages

✅ -- 5 Color Pacing Boards for Drills to get more repetitions

✅ -- 12 Color Feedback Cards

✅ -- 16 Color & Black+White Achievement Bottles

✅ -- Achievement Page to stick and collect your Achievement Bottles on

✅ -- Picture and writing craft page

✅ -- Comes in blackline for easy print-and-go

✅ -- Targets both receptive and expressive language


I love making creative resources that push kids to get in tons of practice while being fun and motivating:

You might also like these motivating speech resources:

  1. Draw Me: Articulation Sentences & Stories
  2. Fronting Phonology Feeding Mouths
  3. Make a Scene Articulation Postcards

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Rebecca Reinking is an SLP who works privately with children who have speech sound disorders. She has a particular interest in phonological interventions and strives to connect and collaborate with speech scientists to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.

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