Quick Picture Artic

Trying to incorporate articulation therapy into the preschool classroom setting (I don't do any pull-out) is challenging and sometimes the best-laid plans fall through. I'm always looking for a quick grab-and-go artic activity to chart a few data points. I've generated a collection of preschool-vocabulary-friendly picture worksheets that I tend to use in a pinch.

/p/, /t/, /k/, /g/, /f/, /s/, /z/, s-blends, "j", "ch", "sh", /l/

In the classroom, I keep copies to snag pictures for a variety of activities. I have a set that I made into replacement cards for my Cariboo game (I know it's out of production, but I LOVE this game for artic practice with little ones). For some quick practice, they make great placemats for snack (we put snack items on the pictures). I also share them with parents for at-home practice with a letter outlining suggestions for use, including:
  • Color, cut, and glue. Practice saying each word as your color, cut out, or glue pictures to make a collage or piece of artwork.
  • Turn the worksheet into a parking lot for matchbox cars. Name the picture on which you park.
  • Cut out two sets of the cards, flip them upside down, and play “Memory.” Limit the number of pairs that you present at a time so that your child can be successful.
  • Play “Bingo.” Give clues describing the picture and have the child name the item before placing a marker on each one.
  • Roll a die and place the corresponding number of (dried noodles, pennies, beans, poker chips) on the pictures. Say the name of each one as you cover it. Win the game by filling up the whole board.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt. Hide the pictures around the room and name each one as you find them.
  • Play “I Spy."
  • Incorporate the pictures into another board game (I like Crocodile Dentist, Don’t Spill the Beans, Jenga, Connect Four). Have your child say a word before each turn.
  • Create a Grab-Bag or Surprise Sound Box: Cut out the pictures and have your child pull them out of the box. Find actual items from around your house to mix in! Make it even more fun and fill your box with dried rice or beans.
  • Carry a set of words with you to pull out during waiting times at the doctor, restaurants, etc.
  • Cut out the cards and use them to play “Go Fish."
  • Stick stickers on each picture. Have your child tell you where they are going to place or where they put their stickers.
What else would you add to the list?


  1. What a great list! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Do you have a link for the s-blends?

  3. Thanks so much for sharing these! :)

  4. These are so wonderful. I have been on the net a lot lately looking for good pics, and so I cannot emphasise my sincerity enough when I say -- this is absolutely the BEST collection of artic pics I've seen! Thank you very much for sharing your resources -- and for using google docs!

    -- Vani

  5. These are awesome, thank you so much for sharing! :)

  6. Where can I get the link to the pictures?

  7. Thanks for sharing, these are great! It seems there is no link to the s-blends page. Would love a copy if you could re-post that one :).