Plus Plus blocks are a massive hit in the therapy room, especially for those children who like to build. I have the smaller blocks, and they are easy to store. These require more fine motor skills than lego, so they may not be appropriate for children with fine motor skills, or I would start with the larger blocks first. Here are ideas on how to use Plus Plus blocks in speech and language therapy.
Use the green board to make a 100s board.
Have the students put the Plus Plus blocks on the board after they have said their word(s). If you have competitive students, then I will sometimes have them compete to see who had the most blocks on their board.
Use with smash mats.
Because of their size, they are great at working on smash mats for artic therapy. When the students have the smash mat covered, then they can build for a short time. These are from a CH artic and language activity. You can get it here.
Sequencing and following directions.
These blocks are surprisingly versatile when putting them together, so they are great to work on following directions and action words. Tell the student what blocks to use and how to use them. This is also great for students to describe how to put the blocks together.
Use to work on cooperation and negotiating skills.
This is something that I typically do with children in grade three and older. Have children work in pairs and have them work together to make an animal of their choosing. You can buy tubes of Plus Plus blocks that will make different creatures. I will give the students the directions and let them work together to put it together.
These are some of my favourite activities to use Plus Plus blocks in speech therapy. If you are interested in other ideas for using literacy activities in speech therapy go here. Do you use these blocks, and what are your favourite activities?