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Scissors, Glue, and Artic, Too!
Ages: 4-9   Grades: PreK-4

More than 100 make-and-take activities are highly motivating to young children and evoke lots of articulation practice in each session.


  • Practice articulation of seventeen consonant sounds in isolation and at the syllable, word, sentence, and carryover levels
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There are 17 phoneme units:

  • h, p, b, m
  • k, g
  • t, d
  • f, v
  • s, z
  • r, l
  • sh, ch 
  • th

Each unit has activities to practice the target sound in the initial, medial, and final positions.  Captivating art adds to the fun and excitement of each activity. 

Children cut, paste, and color these activities in every unit:

  • syllable practice sheets
  • picture scenes with corresponding picture squares
  • folder activities

The following activities vary from unit to unit:

  • finger puppets
  • pop up straw figures
  • story mobiles
  • accordion animals
  • puzzles
  • flip books
  • picture wheels

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  • Impairment in phonology and speech production impedes the development of effective communication, language, and/or speech (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Speech-sound intervention should facilitate correct productions across word positions and linguistic units (Bernthal & Bankson, 2004).
  • Speech-sound intervention involves facilitation of newly-acquired articulation abilities to a variety of speaking, listening, and literacy-learning contexts (ASHA, 2004).

Scissors, Glue, and Artic, Too! incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (ASHA). (2004). Preferred practice patterns for the profession of speech-language pathology. [Preferred Practice Patterns]. Retrieved July 29, 2009, from

Bernthal, J.E., & Bankson, N.W. (2004). Articulation and phonological disorders. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.


Susan Rose Simms


Susan Rose Simms, M.A., is a speech-language specialist with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in Northern California.  Currently Rosie serves elementary and middle school students with a variety of communication disorders.  Rosie is also the author of other LinguiSystems products.


After years of teaching at the elementary and middle school levels, I found myself faced with the awesome task of keeping my younger students interacting in therapy.  Short attention spans were the norm, so I began the search for therapy ideas that would teach, motivate, and interest my younger students as well as give them something concrete to "show and tell."  When I couldn't find what I wanted, I put my ideas together to create Scissors, Glue, and Artic, Too!  I hope these interactive activities work for you!

Scissors, Glue, and Artic, Too! covers 17 sounds /h, p, b, m, k, g, t, d, f, v, s, z, r, l, sh, ch/ and /th/ in isolation, syllable, word, sentence, and practice/carryover levels.  Each unit has activities to practice the target sound in the initial, medial, and final positions.  Besides scissors and glue, you'll need crayons, a stapler, and some string to do these activities.  Any of these activities can be sent home for additional practice, but there are specific homework sheets for each sound.  The homework sheets don't require any cutting or gluing.

As you and your students are cutting, gluing, and creating, use this time for auditory bombardment and modeling.  Have your students repeat each word as its picture is put in place, describe the scene upon its completion, use the words in sentences, and/or talk about their pictures for carryover.

These activities will also support your language therapy by having your students tell stories, identify absurdities, and name pictures.  You can also reinforce your students' voice or fluency therapy by having them talk about the activities or use the practice words in sentences.

In each unit, you'll find:

  • Syllable Sheets
    These sheets can be used to practice the target sound in isolation or in syllables.  The first page has a picture with the target sound on it.  The accompanying page has the vowels to cut out.  Have your students glue the vowels on one or both sides of the target sound item, depending on the position you're working on.  Then, have your students practice the target sound in syllables.

  • Picture Scenes and Picture Squares
    The picture scenes and picture squares can be used in a variety of ways.  Each sound has 10 picture squares in each position.  Choose the target sound words for your students to practice.  After your students have practiced the words on the picture squares, have them color, cut, and glue the pictures onto the picture scene.  You might glue the picture scene and/or picture squares to heavier paper.

  • Folder Activities
    Have your students color and cut out the picture.  Glue the picture to the front of a folder.  Be sure to place the picture so that the opening (which you'll cut after it's glued) is in the middle of the folder.  Staple the bottom and the lower half of the folder closed, leaving the top and upper half open.  Cut the opening into the folder.

The following activities vary from unit to unit:

  • Finger Puppets
    Have your students put two fingers into the puppet to complete it.  Reinforce the target sound by using the puppet to talk about the words on the picture squares, sentence, or carryover.

  • Pop Ups
    Color and cut out the items.  Next, staple the front and back of the designated item around a straw.  Be sure to leave the top open.  Then, staple the other item to the top of the straw.  When the straw is moved up and down, the item will "pop" out of the top.  Use the pop up when practicing the target sound.

  • Newspaper Stuffs
    Color and cut out the picture.  Trace the picture onto another sheet of paper to make the back.  Cut out the back.  Staple the front and back together, but leave an opening.  Then stuff the item with newspaper strips and staple it closed.  Attach yarn or string to hang the item.  Use the stuffed item to practice the target sound in words, sentences, or carryover.

  • Accordion Animals
    Have your students practice the animal names at work, sentence, or carryover levels.  Then, color and cut out the two parts of each animal.  Cut 1½" x 5" strips of construction paper and fan fold them.  Glue a strip between the head and feet of each animal.

  • Story Mobiles
    These mobiles give your students practice using the target sound in all positions.  Say the words as you color, cut, and attach the pictures to yarn or string.  Tie the sting to a hanger or dowel.  Then, have fun making up stories.

  • String Animals
    Color and cut out the animal parts.  Glue them to yarn or string to make a puppet.  Use the same suggested activities as the Accordion Animals.

  • Puzzles
    Color the puzzle picture and glue it to tag board or construction paper.  Cut apart the puzzle.  Have your students reassemble the puzzle as you talk about the picture.

  • Flip Books
    The Flip Books can be used for sentence and carryover because they provide practice in all positions.  Color the pictures as you talk about them.  Cut out the strips and staple them as indicated.  Cut on the solid lines between the pictures to the dots.  Then, have fun creating new and funny sentences.

  • Picture Wheels
    Color and cut out the picture and wheel.  You'll need a brad to fasten the wheel to the picture.  Name each picture at the word level or put the word into a sentence.

Several units in Scissors, Glue, and Artic, Too! have one-of-a-kind tasks like building a taco, playing leapfrog, and matching mustaches.  Directions are given, but feel free to use your imagination to bring each activity to life.

Have fun and happy therapy to you!