speech and language teaching concepts for How to Catch a Santa Claus in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/tr/ initial
/p/ final
/lf/ final
/s/ initial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

How to Catch Santa Claus

By Alice Walstead

Do you have what it takes to catch jolly old St. Nicholas himself? Santa Claus is getting ready to deliver presents to children around the world, but the wily How to Catch Kids have set traps galore! With the help of his trusty Reindeer and Elf, Santa will have to use all his festive magic to avoid being caught.

This fun rhyming Christmas book can be used in speech therapy to address rich vocabulary. It is also great for noticing character expressions and text features as well as for sequencing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using How to Catch Santa Claus in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

problem solving​
illustration study​
text features​
phonological awareness​

Narrative Concepts:

complete episode


order of elf’s traps to try to catch Santa


trap, legend, daylight, time zones, clever, distracted, north pole, festive, cozy, decked out, odd, surprise, important, twist, smirk, plot, snagged, impressive, done, reveal

Text Features:

bold letters
change in font type
change in font color
exclamation points
increase in font size

Phonological Awareness:



How do the elves feel each time they get caught?
Why is the elf laughing?
Notice Santa’s hand “pushing” elf away. What does that mean?
What does Santa think about all of the traps?
How does elf feel about the Santa Catcher 5000?
Why did Santa tell elf to put the gifts under the tree?

Notice character expressions and body language.


What will they use to try to catch him? What would you use?

Problem Solving:

How will Santa manage to escape?