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.


  • 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.


  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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