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Winter Vocabulary List: Speech and Language Activities

Winter Vocabulary List

Winter Vocabulary List: Speech and Language Activities


Even though spring is on its way, it looks like Chicago still has more winter ahead. This winter vocabulary list came to mind in anticipation of the snow- storm. The winter vocabulary list can be used for many fun and relevant speech and language activities.

There is a lot of research behind the importance of incorporating meaningful vocabulary words into speech and language activities.  Not only does it teach new words, using meaningful vocabulary is functional. If we tailor therapy activities to include relevant material, our children will be more engaged and apt to generalize (carry-over) skills.

Below is Chicago Speech and More’s Winter Vocabulary List.  This vocabulary list can be used for a variety of speech and language activities and goals. Depending on your child or student’s area(s) of need, this list can be modified to fit into their intervention plan.

Chicago Speech and More’s Winter Vocabulary List


blizzard freezing skate snow shovel
boots frosty ski snow day
brrrr gloves ski pants snowy
carrot hot chocolate sled socks
car ice sleet sweater
chimney icicle slip temperature
coat icy sneeze white
cold jacket snow whiteout
chocolate marshmallow snow angel wind
earmuffs melt snowball wind chill factor
February mountain snowball fight windy
fire scarf snowboard wintertime
flip shovel snowflake wintry


How to Adapt the Winter Vocabulary List for Therapy

Speech (Articulation Therapy): If your child is working on a specific sound or group of sounds, simply find the target (sound/group/process) within this list.

  • Here are some examples of how to use the winter vocabulary list as a guide for articulation therapy:
    • /s/ as target sound: snow, snowball, sled, boots, socks
    • /s/ blends as target sound: snow, ski, sled, slide, slip, sweater, snowsuit
    • /l/ blends as target sound: blizzard, sled, slide, slip, flip, shovel
    • /r/ as target sound: blizzard, brrr, red, carrot, sweater, freezing
    • multi-syllabic words as target: snowball fight, hot chocolate, wintertime, snow shovel
    • Cluster Reduction as target: snow, ski, slip, slide, blizzard, flip, sleep

Language Activities: Depending on your child’s language needs, the winter vocabulary list can be adapted for their therapy.

  • Here are some examples of how to use the winter vocabulary as a guide for language therapy:
    • Sequencing: Have your child tell you winter-related sequences (i.e., steps for getting dressed to play in the snow, making a snowman, going sledding, etc.
    • Re-telling/summarizing: Tell your child a story, using words from the winter vocabulary list and have them retell it to you.
    • Story-telling: Have your child tell you a winter-related story, using words from the winter vocabulary list.
    • Categorizing: Generate a list of categories from the winter vocabulary list and have your child group the words (i.e., category groups: clothing, activities, food…)
    • Conversation: Engage your child in a conversation about winter-related items.  Ask and encourage them to ask open-ended questions. (rather than yes/no questions) Model asking follow-up questions.
    • Describing: (Cut up the vocabulary list and put the words in a box.) Have your child choose a word from the box and describe the item without saying the word.

These are just some suggestions but the possibilities for speech and language activities are endless.  Get creative. Add your own words and activities.

If staying inside isn’t your thing, bundle up and play in the snow with your children.  Just make sure to talk about what you are doing. Talk while you are playing, afterwards and then again, later in the day.

Chicago Speech and More hopes you stay warm and have fun!

For more speech and language activities please refer to archive blog posts.

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