Monday, July 30, 2012

Pinterest project

Pinterest is full of wonderful ideas if you are someone who enjoys making therapy materials. I'm not the best at crafty creations, but I was inspired by a photo that one of my coworkers recently posted. It's a Guided reading beach ball by Carson-Dellosa. 

Now, I am NOT going to pay $7 plus shipping for two beach balls. I would rather put that money towards a Super Duper purchase. However, I loved the basic concept of using beach balls to make reading more fun in therapy. Dollar Tree to the rescue! 

1-2 Dollar Tree Beach Balls (you may also be able to find these at Target's Dollar Spot)
1 Fine Tip Sharpie Marker
1 Flat Surface
1 List of questions

I like the questions that are featured on the commercial beach balls. I typically ask my students what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. I also ask them about the setting, characters, and main problem. 

Write your questions on the beach balls using a permanent marker. I prefer Sharpies, but I'm sure there are other brands of markers out there that you could use. A flat surface as well as a ruler will help you write evenly.

I can see this eventually morphing into a project for articulation and social skills as it is one of the easier projects I've seen. For some other cute ideas on how to use a beach ball in therapy, check out this post on Speech Room News.


  1. I have nominated you for two blogger awards. Hop over to to see how to claim them..Alicia

  2. I love those balls! I have also seen writing questions on them that they can answer about themselves...this is great for the beginning of the year as a get to know you activity. =)

    I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance. I love finding speech blogs because many of the activities you use are great for my ELL kiddos.

    Heather's Heart

    1. Thanks, Heather! I feel the same way when I find ELL websites. It's amazing what you can find and adapt to your needs.