Thumbprint Balloons Freebie A speech therapy craft activity

Grade Levels
PreK - 5th
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5 pages


Do you need a an engaging articulation activity to mix up your speech sessions? Grab an ink pad and this resource! It is an activity that keeps students busy during practice. My students love making thumbprint art and yours will too! No Prep and Ink Friendly!

This download contains two templates (one with 25 balloons and one with 50 balloons). I also included a sample initial /k/ page for speech therapists.

I have a full pack for speech therapists with the following articulation sounds: initial/final: p, b, m; final: n, t, d; initial/medial/final: k, g, f, v, l, s, z, ch, j, th, sh; pre-vocalic r; vocalic r (er, ar, or, air, ear, ire); rblends; lblends; sblends (separate mats for sp, st, sm, sn, sk, sl, sw, mixed). I also included open-ended pages (one with 25 balloons and one with 50 balloons). First practice, then make a thumbprint balloon (if you are not an SLP, just disregard that last page!).
Click here to see the full articulation pack

Materials Needed: Ink pad or paint (mixed bright colors recommended), balloon thumbprint pages

Optional Assembly: You can also place in a sheet protector or laminate to use with play dough.

To use: The student will practice the a skill and then make a thumbprint balloon on the oval over the word. The student will place their thumb on an ink pad and then stamp it on the balloon.

(you can also use fingerprints)

Use paint instead of ink
Use play dough to smash to make the balloons.
Use bingo chips to place over the balloons.
Use bingo dotters

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Christmas Lights Thumbprints for Articulation

Buzzing Bees Thumbprints for Articulation
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