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Mystery Boxes - DIY Language Activity




As some of you know, I presented at the AZ SLP Boot Camp along with some great SLPs, Anne, Lisa, Sarah, and Laurel. As part of our conference, we set up centers where we made a "Make and Take" speech or language activity. At my center, we created a Mystery Box. This box can be used as a describing activity or a sensory activity. It's similar to the concept of "Ned's Head" however it cost UNDER $3. You'll need a paper box (or you can use an empty Kleenex box), scissors, foam paper, a stapler, and a variety of small items. Here's how you can make one.

Step 1:
Grab your box.

Step 2:
Cut off the lid or flaps.

Step 3:
Fold and cut foam paper making an X shape.



Step 4:
Staple foam paper onto box creating a lid.


Step 5: Gather items of different size, shape, and texture and put inside the box.


Viola! You're done! 



A funny story about these make and takes...
So, I bought enough materials to make 90+ make and takes for the conference. I bring the materials home, and frantically explain how nervous I am about the activity to my husband. I explain to him that I have to take the stickers off, the steps of making them, and how I hope everyone enjoys the activity, etc. The idea was that SLPs would actually MAKE these boxes at the conference and TAKE them home. The next morning (the day of the conference) I wake up to this...


My husband stayed up late making all of these boxes for me because he thought I had to make them and take them to the conference!!! All I could do is laugh (and frantically think about how I was going to make this work). Luckily, it worked out great at the conference because people were able to grab a pre-made box and talk about ways to use it in therapy rather than spend time cutting and stapling. So, if you grabbed a ready made box at the conference, thank my sweet, sweet hubby!! :)
Lacee Johnson
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