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15+ Fun TH Speech Therapy Activities for Articulation

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If you’re a Speech-Language Pathologist or a parent looking for a great way to work on your student or child’s TH articulation disorder then this blog post is just what you need! It has over 15 th speech therapy activities to make your speech therapy sessions more fun this school year. 

Target Words – TH Final Words Speech Therapy

Here’s a list of final th articulation words for you to use in your articulation therapy or at home articulation practice to work on your student or child’s target sounds.

  • For Example: broth, path, wreath, bath, north, tooth, moth, math, south, cloth, oath, sloth.

See our full word list, plus phrases, and sentences here. Words are divided into simple syllables.

Correct Production

There are two different sounds in the English language that the th sound makes. 

  • Voiced TH – Voice is turned on by vibrating your vocal cords.
  • Voiceless TH – Voice is turned off by NOT vibrating your vocal cords.

The most important thing to remember is that both ways are made with the same mouth position, however, one is voiced (by vibrating your vocal cords) and the other is voiceless (by not vibrating your vocal cords):

  • Tongue Placement: Start by putting your tongue in the right place by lightly placing the tip of your tongue between your teeth for the correct pronunciation.
  • Air: Then blow air through the mouth. This will naturally make the voiceless th sound. 
  • Voice: The th sound can also be a voiced sound so your voice box or vocal cords should vibrate. You can tell that their voice is turned on by touching your voice box on your neck and feeling it vibrate.

Word Positions: TH Words Speech Therapy 

Initial Position of Words

The initial position at the word level is when the th sound is at the beginning of a word. For example, “thick” or “that”.

Medial Position of Words

Some words have the th sound in the medial position of a word, such as “birthday”, “wealthy”, and “feather”.

Final Positions of Words

The final position of words is when the target sound is at the end of a word. For example, “earth” or “teeth”.

Ideas for TH Speech Therapy Activities

1. Older Students

Using real-life photos is a great way to help your older students work on their articulation words.

  • Final TH Voiced and Voiceless Words by Speech Therapy Store – Grab my one page freebie of final voiced or final voiceless th words with real-life photos perfect for older student’s needs when working on the word, phrase, and sentence levels.
  • Final TH Voiced and Voiceless Flash Cards by Speech Therapy Store – Come use our digital version of final voiced and voiceless th flash cards with real-life photos perfect for older students working at the word, phrase, and sentence levels.

2. Language Skills

Do you have a group of elementary students and some of them are working on their communication skills?

Here are a few ideas to work on the TH sound and language development together.

3. Fortune Tellers

If you’re tired of using that same set of articulation cards then you should try another fun way to work on your child or student’s sound disorders by using a fun articulation game, such as fortune tellers! 

My students can’t seem to get enough of these little games. Plus these fortune tellers are one of those no prep articulation activities.

You can even send them home for extra practice!

4. Articulation Games

Who doesn’t love a good articulation game?

Articulation Games by Speech Therapy Store – these games make for a great list of free speech therapy activities.

5. Early Intervention

Here are a few speech therapy games that are perfect to use with your early intervention students.

6. Flash Cards

Flash cards are perfect when you need something in a moment’s notice for your child or student’s articulation sound practice.

7. Carrier Phrases

Using carrier phrases or sentence strips can give your students additional practice.

SEE ALSO: 21 Best Reinforcement Games for Speech Therapy

8. Cootie Catchers

Are you looking for a fun and simple way that a speech therapist or parent can work on different words? 

Then you’ll want to check out these different ways to use cootie catchers in therapy!

9. Articulation Bowling

Do you have students that need a more physical game? Another great game worth trying is articulation bowling.

Simply print out some articulation cards and place them on the ground. Then place a plastic bowling pin on top of each bowling pin. Next, give your student a plastic bowling ball and each time they knock over a pin they get to practice that articulation word!

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Here are a few articulation cards you could print and use.

  • Mini Bowling in the Classroom by Peachie Speechie is a highly rated and interactive activity! Use your favorite TH flashcards with this game. 

10. Articulation Worksheets

Here are a few articulation cards you could print on a sheet of paper and use in your speech room.

11. Play Dough

I don’t know about you, but my little 4-year-old twins are obsessed with play dough. I always loved using it in the speech room. 

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Here are a few different boards you can use to work on your students’ particular sounds.

  • TH, SH articulation smash! By Speechie Goodies is a fun and interactive splash mat for your students to practice the target TH! 

SEE ALSO: Free Articulation Games for Speech Therapy

12. Pizza Delivery – Go for the Dough

Do your students love pizza? 

Enjoy this great speech game of delivering pizzas while increasing articulation or vocabulary skills. 

In this game, children drive their toy cars around the game board while delivering pizzas. 

Super Duper Publications | Go for The Dough® Vocabulary Word Meaning Board Game | Educational Learning Resource for Children

  • Have your students earn their turn by practicing their articulation words 1-3x from a list or from a flash card set.
  • As your students go around the board game have them choose a Super Dough Dollar. Each Super Dough Dollar has a skill to practice on it. You can choose one category/skill to work on or you can mix and match different categories to work on. For example, there are synonyms, rhyming words, opposites, categories, multiple meanings, and definitions.

13. Pom Poms

Are you in need of a great articulation reinforcement game?

Why not play a fun game of gluing down pom poms on a piece of paper as you practice each articulation word?

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14. Main Idea

When looking at the process of articulation therapy Speech Language Pathologists typically begin at the word level and work towards the conversational level. Here are a few ways to work on the th sound at the conversational level. 

One idea is to work on identifying the main idea of a story while working on your th sound in conversation.

SEE ALSO: 279+ Free Speech Therapy Digital Materials

15. Sensory Bin

Using sensory bins can be a perfect practice session for any young children you have on your caseload. 

  • Dinosaur Sensory Bin – Have the child or student request what items they want to add to their sensory bin or describe what they’re doing as they move things around and play! Possible th words (feather, gather, three, mouth, strength, south, north, thirsty, healthy, father, mother, brother, that, those, them, there, path).

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  • Ocean Animal Sensory Bin – Have the child or student request what items they want to add to their sensory bin or describe what they’re doing as they move things around and play! Possible th words (feather, gather, three, mouth, strength, south, north, thirsty, healthy, father, mother, brother, that, those, them, there).

Carolart Ocean Sensory Toys, Sensory Bins for Toddlers Include Sea Animals, Balloon for Stress Ball, Water Beads etc., Kids Crafts Age 3 4 5 6 7 8

16. Favorite Games

  • 29+ Best Speech Therapy Games by Speech Therapy Store – here is a massive list of my favorite speech therapy board games along with ideas of how you can use them during articulation therapy.
  • 917+ Free Boom Cards by Speech Therapy Store – Boom cards can be very motivating for students who need to work on their articulation skills but who can get bored or distracted easily.

Do you Need Other Speech Sounds?

Be sure to check out our complete list of other specific sounds, such as vocalic r words, or s blends, and so many more that are perfect for your next articulation therapy room session.

In Conclusion: TH Speech Therapy Activities

We hope you have found this article helpful for working on your child or student’s th sound. 

Speech-Language Pathology doesn’t have to use boring drills when it comes to articulation therapy. Instead, you can turn your therapy into a fun game with one of the ideas above.

Good luck!

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