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.