25 Preschool SLP Must haves


We all know how precious our time (AND MONEY) are!  If you are anything like me, spending time researching the BEST deals and most essential items for your speech room and {LIFE} are basically daily things.  Let’s be real…it can also be a STRUGGLE!  I find myself scrolling through Amazon, running to Target dollar spot, and hitting up Dollar Tree A LOT…like WAY more than I would like to admit. Ok….now let’s get to the fun stuff….My 25 + MUST HAVES for Preschool SLPs!
25 Preschool SLP Must haves

I have provided affiliate links in this post to most of my MUST HAVES!


There are so many uses for velcro in the SLP classroom

This is kinda a given!  Think about it…daily schedules, communication books, visuals, etc.  MUST HAVE all the velcro!  There are so many out on the market but I am a sucker for the 1,000 pieces (500 pair sets) from Vkey on Amazon!  Such a great price and I love that they come in rolls.  So easy to cut into strips and keep half at home and half in your speech room.

Personal Laminator

I love having a personal laminator that I can quickly and easily use to get the most out of my resources

I got my first Scotch Laminator about 4 years ago.  I now have THREE {YES I’m serious!}  I keep one in my speech room for those crazy mornings when I need to quickly laminate a few visuals or pages for my students.  The other two I keep at home for those Friday nights when I LAMINATE ALL THE THINGS {TpT products I’ve purchased or sometimes items I use with my own son}.

Dot Markers

These dot markers are great for preschool SLP students because they are fun to use and easy for little hands to hold.

I use these almost daily!  I really haven’t met a preschooler who doesn’t love grabbing those dot markers and having fun {while learning of course!}

Magnetic Hooks

Magnetic hooks are the perfect way for me to hang my grab n go task cards, but are also great for hanging pictures, calendars, or important posters.

I have all of my Grab N’ Go TpT Products hanging on these AMAZING, strong magnetic hooks so I can easily access them whenever I need!  They are seriously the BEST and easily hang from the side of your filing cabinet, metal desk, bookcase, etc.  Also great for just hanging up pictures, a calendar, important signs/posters, etc.

Wind Up Toys

Wind up toys are a great way to get your kids excited about speech therapy activities in your classroom.

You need to hit up your local 5 Below, Party City, AC Moore, or whatever and grab as many Wind Up Toys as you can! The amount of language skills you can target are incredible.  If you can’t find any locally, definitely try Amazon!


Water Beads

These water beads are perfect for sensory bins and are a kid favorite in my SLP classroom.

They are the BEST…perfect as a sensory bin filler or just to use for fun!  You place the tiny beads in a small bin, add water, and wait for them to grow!  I’m not going to lie…I often find myself playing with them when the kiddos aren’t around. haha!


iPad Case

Having a durable ipad case is a must in my classroom. I bring my ipad with me to school and it's important for me to be able to keep it safe even if it gets dropped on the floor.

I often bring my personal iPad to work and let me tell you, it’s crucial to have a good, durable case for any unexpected drop on the floor!  I love the HDE Shock Proof iPad case because not only is it durable but comes in a ton of colors!


Fidgets/Sensory Toys

I love using fidgets in my SLP classroom. They are great for sensory activities for my speech therapy students.
Fidgets are a MUST in my speech room!  They are so versatile!  I use them as reinforcers and when starting PECS with some of my non-verbal students.  As long as it’s something they are interested in, they will be more than happy to “request” it.  The liquid water timer you see above is one of the newest items I bought and let me tell you, it’s a huge hit!


Binder Rings

I love using binder rings to keep all of my grab n go products organized in my SLP classroom.


I have a large stash of these around my house and speech room in various sizes (.75 inch, 1 inch, and 1.5 inch).  I have a large series of Grab N’ Go products in my TpT store and they wouldn’t come together without binder rings!  They also fit perfectly on those magnetic hooks I mentioned before!

Play Doh

Playdough is an essential resource in my SLP classroom. It's great for smash mats or any of my Grab N' Go products.

PLAY DOH is the BEST!  It’s the most fun tactile tool that you NEED to have in your speech room.  Just play with it or use it with some TpT products like Smash Mats or any of my Grab N’ Go products like this Preschool Language Screener!


Visual Storage

Storage containers are a must in my SLP classroom and help me keep everything organized and easy to access for my speech therapy students.

I have gone through quite a few different storage containers to store all of my visuals (I have a TON!)  I previously used a small “craft” type container but I out grew that.  Recently I purchased what many would call a “teacher toolbox“.  I spray painted mine (I’m obsessed with the color!) and need to finish making my labels but it is definitely the best solution I have found so far.


Hand Sanitizer
Need I say more?!  Germs be GONE!

Small containers for edibles

These small containers are perfect to keep goodies in for reinforcement for your SLP students.

I love these little lock top boxes from Dollar Tree!  They are small enough to throw into your bag or carry down the hall with you when needing to reinforce students!


Magnetic Wand & Chips

I love using these magnetic wands and chips in my SLP classroom. My speech therapy students love them because they are like magic!

Super Duper Inc. has these amazing magnetic wands and chips!  My preschoolers literally think it is “magic”.  I use them all the time because they are motivating and fun.


Pretend/Play Food

I love cooking in my classroom and when I can find super awesome plastic food at my local discount store I get super excited.

Whether you are working on a healthy food unit, holiday theme, etc., PRETEND FOOD is the best.  It’s perfect for sorting, labeling, describing, and much more.  I scored a bunch at my local dollar tree a few months back and Melissa and Doug has so many amazing food sets that I just love.  If you have no luck at your local stores, Amazon has plenty of sets!



Toobs are absolutely perfect for sensory bins. I love grabbing as many sets as I can get my hands on and the best part is I can use them year after year.

I have SO many sets of TOOBS!  If you haven’t heard of them before, just get ready, because you will be HOOKED.  There are so many different sets that can fit just about any theme you are working on.  They work perfectly in a sensory bin.  My son Landon also loves using them for pretend play!  I’ve purchased a bunch at Michael’s (don’t forget about your teacher discount!) as well as Amazon.


Mr. (& Mrs.) Potato Head
Whether you are working on Body Parts or doing a little play therapy, then Mr. Potato Head needs to have a spot in your speech room!

Diffusing Paper

Diffuser paper is something I use a lot in my classroom. It's super easy for my students to color with markers and spray with water to create some really amazing crafts.

I talk about this ALL the time on Instagram and on my Facebook Page.  I seriously must use it about 15-20 times a year.  Here’s a quick run down….dot with markers, spray with water, watch the colors merge together, let it dry, and there you go…a beautiful craft to display in your speech room or send home with your students (not to mention how many goals I am able to target while using it!)  There are a ton of different packs like flowers, leaves, snowflakes, or just regular sheets of paper.


Ball Poppers

These adorable poppers are a major hit in my classroom. They are great for motivating students to focus on vocabulary.

This cute little guy is a hit in my speech room.  We work on requesting, core vocabulary like “go”, following directions, and so much more.  There are tons of different ball poppers on Amazon.  I think I need to get some more!


Colored HP Printer

A color printer is the best for my classroom. It makes life super convenient when I need to print out something quickly for my speech therapy students.

I was so fortunate to have a Donorschoose.org project funded about 2 years ago.  It was for a HP colored printer and ink.  This is HUGE in order to make essential materials for my preschoolers (I’m sure many of you agree!)  I loved it so much that I went ahead and purchased a similar one (HP OfficeJet Pro) for my home office since I do plenty of printing and work at home.  Why HP you ask?!  TWO WORDS….INSTANT INK!  This program is life changing and MONEY saving.


Finger Paint
The perfect way to use a little sensory play while creating masterpieces!

MUST HAVE all the BUBBLES!  Oral motor, articulation, following directions, expanding utterances…endless possibilities!  My preschoolers see bubbles and are ready to learn (and have fun!) instantly!  Hit up your local dollar store, 5 below, target, walmart, or amazon.

Smarty Symbols
I created visuals CONSTANTLY for my students…schedules, first-then boards, core boards, PECS, etc.  My #1 go-to for creating these visuals is SMARTY SYMBOLS!  There web-based image library is incredible and growing constantly.  It’s extremely user friendly and created by an SLP!

They will be your BEST FRIEND!  TRUST ME!  Visual timers are even more exciting for students.

I love using time trackers in my classroom. It's super helpful for my students to have a visual representation of the time they have to complete a task.

Reusable Stickers
Melissa and Doug has these fantastic reusable sticker pads.  Tons of themes and ADORABLE!  They are super inexpensive and obviously can be used over and over again.

Reusable stickers are the perfect interactive reward or activity

Dry Erase Markers

Dry erase markers are a must have in my speech therapy classroom. I laminate so much of my resources and using dry erase markers with them means they can be used over and over again.

LAST…but maybe the MOST IMPORTANT….SNACKS!!!  Yes of course many students will work for edibles but what about us?!  I don’t know about you but if I have some snacks (especially CHOCOLATE) stashed away in my desk, I am much more likely to be productive throughout the day!  So go ahead, TREAT YOURSELF and stock up your desk with goodies!

Now that you have gotten through my incredibly long (and hopefully HELPFUL) list, it’s YOUR TURN!  I want to hear from you!  What are your must haves for your speech room?!  I am ALWAYS looking for new goodies.  Thanks friends!!  I hope you enjoyed this!


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