Happy fall, everyone!
I apologize for the delay in getting new posts up on the blog…preschool always seems to get busy busy! I wanted to offer some ideas and activities for carrying over therapy at home. I always like to offer fun carry-over activities for preschoolers, rather than worksheets or “homework”. It keeps them more engaged and is more fun for parents, too! Some are fall related, and others can be used any time of the year!
Go on a Leaf Walk
This is a great time to get in a lot of good speech sound practice, as well as “wh”- questions, and concepts! Plus, you are outside enjoying the fresh air and quality time with your child. Some examples:
- What colors do you see?
- Are these leaves the same or different?
- Which leaf is bigger? Which leaf is smaller?
I love using board games or dominoes for therapy, because they keep the child engaged while still allowing for therapy opportunities. Games are also great for working on pragmatics and language expansion. Typically, I have a student say a word that includes the sound I am targeting every time they take a turn. Saying phrases such as “my turn”, “your turn”, “put in”, “take out”, etc., help facilitate pragmatic skills and language expansion. Certain games also offer good counting practice, math concepts, and color concepts. Some favorites are:
- Hi-Ho Cherry-O
I’ve also included a Candy Corn Question game and Halloween “wh” question game below (a little last minute, I know!) 🙂
Make a Craft
Crafts are great for both expressive and receptive language, and can also be used as reinforcement for speech sound practice. They offer many opportunities to work on following directions, answering and asking questions, commenting, sequencing (first, then, last), etc. There are tons of craft ideas on Pinterest and google. The website Kid’s Crafts Archives also has a large variety of activities: http://www.woojr.com/category/kids-crafts/
Like crafts, books are wonderful for both expressive and receptive language, especially with answering “wh” questions, sequencing, commenting, and predicting. This time of year, I love when we read “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything”, because you can act out the story by stomping your feet, wiggling, clapping. etc. Other great ones for fall are:
- Leaf Man
- When the Leaf Blew In
- 5 Little Pumpkins
- I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
- Go Away Big Green Monster
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat