Find the Best Following Directions Worksheet

Are you searching for the perfect following directions worksheet for speech therapy or special education? There are many different types of worksheets to try. Whether you need a fun activity for young learners or complex directions for older students, this blog post has what you need! This article recommends prek-12 resources that will benefit students and make useful additions to lesson plans. Keep on reading for the best ways to target following directions.

Read this article to find the best following directions worksheet for your student in speech therapy or special education

Why Target Following Directions?

Learning to follow single and multi-step directions is an important skill for academic success.

When students learn to listen closely to spoken instructions, comprehension skills are boosted.

Many academic tasks require students to recall and process multiple pieces of information.

Teachers may wish for students to follow directions in the classroom setting for classroom management and retention of spoken information.

SLPs may focus on specific vocabulary and embedded concepts when targeting this skill.

Following directions is an important skill across all subject areas, and is an important life skill.

Life skills often require one to be able to follow directions- whether it’s learning skills at a new job or putting furniture together! 

A variety of resource types are recommended, so keep reading!

How to find the best following directions worksheet for your student in speech therapy or special education

Basic Directions vs Complex Directions

A basic direction (one-step direction) might be “touch your nose”.

SLPs may add basic concepts into the direction to make things a little more challenging- for example, “Point to the orange circle.”

More complex following directions activities may be used with upper elementary and middle school students.

Complex directions may include multiple modifying words and embedded concepts.

An example might be, “Before you touch the third triangle, point to the last small square.” 

Complex instructions in the classroom may also include directions to follow recipes, science experiments, english language arts when analyzing text, or more.

These instructions may list a series of steps for students to follow.

Quick Activities to Try

Your students might benefit from fun games as a warm-up before completing a worksheet.

Simon Says

The first step might be to try a game like “simon says”.

You can give a simple instruction like, “Simon says touch your nose.”

The student must follow the instruction.

Keep giving directions, but every now and then, don’t say ‘simon says’ first.

If a player completes the direction but you didn’t say ‘simon says’, they are out and must sit down.

Movement-Based Ideas

Next, incorporate a little physical education!

I love using movement in speech therapy.

Here are some example movement-based directions to let your students try:

  • Hop on one foot before you touch your nose.
  • Run in place after you say your name.
  • Do two jumping jacks before you touch your ear
  • March in place after you move your arms in circles two times
  • Touch your toes after you touch your chin
  • Spin in a circle after you say your name

Fine Motor Following Directions

Your student can complete following directions activities when they complete fine motor tasks.

They might do things such as:

  • tracing a shape
  • cutting along a line
  • picking up small objects with tongs
  • coloring
  • building with blocks

All of these activities can allow you to work on following directions.

Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts provide a fun way to target following directions!

You can provide a list of instructions to your students for completing a craft.

Visuals may be incorporated to provide leveled support.

For example, when completing this snail articulation craft, you could give your students the following set of instructions:

  1. Practice saying each target word.
  2. Color the pictures and the snail.
  3. Cut out the circles and the snail.
  4. Staple the circles to the snail to create a flipbook. 

Need a Following Directions Worksheet for Younger Students?

If you are looking for preschool or kindergarten worksheets for following directions, there are many options available.

Safari-Themed Basic Directions

These safari-themed following directions worksheets target a variety of basic concepts.

This is a fun way to target following spoken directions. 

48 worksheets are included.

For example, a student may be instructed to color the animal that is “next to” another with a blue crayon.

Brittni W. reviewed, “I love this resource. These are common concepts I target in my younger speech pathology population and this resource is great to use in therapy as well as to send home for homework. I also laminate the pages and cut into strips and use with a ring as an easy ready to go therapy resource. “

This basic concepts following directions worksheet is perfect for kindgergarten

Dinosaur-Themed Directions

These dinosaur-themed following directions worksheets are so much fun!

The child listens to a set of instructions that allow you to target positional concepts as well as time and sequence vocabulary.

They are wonderful for visual learners who enjoy coloring. 

If your students have fine motor goals, they can practice circling, underlining, and crossing out different pictured items.

Natalie V. reviewed, “This has been a huge hit for my little ones obsessed with dinosaurs!”

Fall-Themed Following Directions Worksheets

Do you need a following directions worksheet with an autumn theme?

Check out these fall-themed following directions worksheets.

You will choose one following directions worksheet to complete with your student.

A variety of levels are included- one-step and multi-step.

Worksheets address temporal (time), location, inclusion, and sequence concepts.

Sarah C. reviewed, “This is a great activity to use alone or as a reinforcer. I like using it following a seasonal game like Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game or Apple Pop to fill up the remaining time at the end of the session. Thanks for this great product!”

Back to School Following Directions Worksheet

Back to School Worksheet

It’s always nice to find free worksheets to target following spoken instructions!

This free product provides an instant download that will be perfect for kindergarten students.

It contains time vocabulary words such as “before” and “after” in each instruction.

An example direction is, “Say ‘school’ after you color this eraser”.

Lee L. reviewed, “Nice freebie resource for back to school theme following directions.”

Back to School Following Directions Packet

Here is another great back-to-school resource for following directions!

11 worksheets are included in this packet.

6 worksheets also include a short reading comprehension passage.

Students can answer the WH questions before following the instructions on the page.

Amanda G. reviewed, “I love the levels of difficulty included within this resource. My students really loved the pictures. The way these worksheets are organized is also done very well.”

This picture shows a back to school following directions worksheet. It also has a short passage with comprehension questions.

Seasonal Following Directions Worksheet Bundle

This worksheet bundle is exactly what you need to work on this school throughout the entire school year!

It includes worksheets for each season (fall, winter, spring, and summer).

You will always have a themed print-and-go following directions worksheet available when you need it!

These worksheets expose children to both embedded concepts (see the list below) and seasonal vocabulary.

Embedded Basic Concepts targeted in each packet include:

• temporal (before, after)

•sequence (first, second, last)

• inclusion (all, all but one)

•location (over, under, in front of, behind)

•correlative conjunctions (both…and, either…or, neither…nor, not only…but also)

For each concept, there are 7 worksheets. 

This picture shows seasonal following directions worksheets for speech therapy and special education (fall, winter, spring, summer)

An example instruction might be, “Color the mushroom that is in front of the leaf.”

Another instruction could include, “Before you color the mitten, color the snowflake.”

Each resource in the bundle includes 35 total worksheets.

Nicole R. reviewed, “Perfect for working on all types of following directions; love that it has seasonal vocabulary too!”

You can enjoy these worksheets with students in individual speech therapy sessions or in small groups or centers.

Outer Space Themed Following Directions for 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, and 4th Grade

This is the ultimate following directions activity for space lovers!

There are a total of 46 worksheets and 1 vocabulary reference page.

27 total following directions worksheets target the following concepts:

First/ Next
First/ Then
First/ Next/ Last
First/ Second/ Third
Before you ___, ____
___ before you _____
After you___, ____
____ after you _____
Either/ Or

In addition, there are 9 tic-tac-toe games to target each concept.

This is an outer space themed following directions worksheet that could be used in speech therapy

This unique resource also allows students to practice giving directions.

There are 9 “giving directions” worksheets which can be paired with 2 picture pages.

Finally, a vocabulary reference page is included.

Rachel S. reviewed, “My 4th grade boys actually requested to do more of these worksheets….that is saying something.  I love the space theme and so do my students.  Thanks!” 

Following Directions Worksheets for Older Students

Check out these worksheets if you need an educational resource that will be appropriate for older students. 

Your student is given the bottom half of a sheet of paper.

You will keep the top portion and read the instructions. 

This is a complex following directions worksheet to use with older students (4th grade students, 5th grade students) in speech therapy or special education

The directions contain vocabulary that includes multiple modifying words, such as “put your name on the top right side of the paper”.

Read more ideas for targeting complex directions here


In summary, it’s easy to find the perfect following directions worksheet for your student!

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