Pot of Gold Activity

With over 100 kids total on my caseload (at five different schools), I am a busy speech-language pathologist just like you. So I’m always looking for quick, easy, and flexible activities that I can use in my therapy sessions to keep them fun and productive. This one meets all of those criteria and makes a great item for each child to take home for practice as well.  It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or Pirate themed sessions.

Pot of GoldMaterials:

  • 2 paper plates per child
  • black crayons for coloring the pot
  • scissors tape or stapler
  • paper coins – Here is a page of coins for you to print out or you can use a circle paper punch. You can use colored paper or color it yellow or gold yourself.

Preparation:

  • Gather the materials.
  • Cut a part off the top side of one paper plate to make it resemble an open pot.
  • Cut out the coins and decide what the targets are going to be (i.e., sounds, antonyms, etc.).
  • Attach the plates together if you want to have this done ahead of time.

Activity:

  1. Have the child color the back of the cut plate and the top part of the other plate black. If working with a group, the children can color while waiting for their turns.
  2. Tape or staple the plates together so that they create a pocket.
  3. Spread the coins out on the table or put them in a bag or bowl for the children to pick from.
  4. Have the child pick a coin, practice the targeted activity, and then put it in his pot.
  5. If there is time, review the stimuli in the child’s pot.

Again, for a printable page of coins to use in this activity, click here.

7 Responses to “Pot of Gold Activity”

  1. Hilary March 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Great activity. I definitely plan to use the idea! Art activities are always great for requesting, turn-taking and sharing to name a few :)

  2. Janelle March 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    Great idea, thanks!

  3. Cindee March 15, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    Thank you for yet another simple and fun activity!!

  4. Sharon March 16, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Great, yet easy activity. I used the copier to print coins on gold paper. I also cut out a section from the back paper plate to make a handle. My students were very pleased with their pot o’ gold that they were able to make and take home on the same day!

  5. Wendy McGee March 30, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    I love it! I plan to adapt it as an Easter basket and eggs!! Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Cindy Meester March 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Fun! I took a snapshot of the game board with my iPad. So I won’t even need to print it out!

  7. BeckyWanca March 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    That is very cool. Thanks for sharing that idea for others who may have an iPad for use in their sessions.

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