I'm a day late! Let's blame the Chicago weather. Actually it's been really sunny around here. Still pretty cold, but at least the sun made an appearance! It's still winter, though. A perfect time to use your household items to work indoors on speech and language skills!
Introducing Idea #3 for my toddler series.
Magnets and Pans!
Many of you have given your toddler pots and pans to bang on, fill, etc. Have you tried a cookie sheet or a muffin tin for magnets? This age group LOVES it. It is also a great activity for both expressive AND receptive language targets.
Idea #3 Magnets and Pans!
Targets: Spatial Concepts (In, On, Next To, Under), Question asking and answering (How many? Where is? May/Can I have? ), Receptive language (put, give me, find the _____)
Supplies: magnets with pictures (make your own here or buy some here), cookie sheet or muffin tin (found both at the dollar store here)
Total possible cost: $2!
Expansion: Make scenes (house, park, beach, etc.) on paper and tape it to the cookie sheet. Have your child place the magnets next to, under, over, on, or in the objects you have drawn.
Challenge: Have your child find other things in the house that are magnetic. Ask, "Does it stick here?" "Where can we make it stick?" After you have found a couple places hide the magnets there and have your child find them! "Where are they?" What did we say can make them "stick?"
Next week....Last installment of the toddler series. March will focus on school aged kids and ideas to stimulate language development at home with items or hand or from the dollar store!
Welcome to Part II of my Toddler Series in Try It Tuesday!
Today I thought I'd post about the mini sensory boxes I keep in my office. Many OTs (occupational therapists) use them to target sensory goals. I think they are perfect for speech and language goals, too! They are a HUGE hit with my under 5 crowd! I use them for "breaks" as well as language and articulation activities. Below I've posted some ideas for both SLPs and parents! In a prior post I listed all the items I bought for my rice box. All from the $ store. The whole box was under $5!
Activity: The beauty of these boxes is they can be used for SO many different goals. Below I've listed just some of the many, many ways you can use them.
These are just some of the many ways this activity can be used! I'd love to hear how YOU have used sensory boxes to target speech! Please leave a comment below!
Sneak peek....Great, cheap magnet activity using a kitchen item coming up next Tuesday!
Welcome to the first post in my new weekly series! Ideas, ideas, ideas! Parents are always asking me for them and I'm always trying to think of new ways to stimulate speech and language.
"Try it Tuesday" is being created to help both SLPs (speech language pathologists) and parents. There is NO need to keep buying expensive toys and making trips to big box stores or popular dot com sites. Most of my ideas will feature items you have at home or can purchase for just a few dollars at a dollar store! Each month I'll focus on a different age group. Toddlers are up first! (These ideas can also be used with older children still in the early stages of language development).
Idea #1 Snow Balls and Language!
Targets: Spatial Concepts (In, On, Next To, Under), Question asking and answering (How many? Where is? May/Can I have? ), Pragmatic language (Turn taking, sharing)
Supplies: Bag of cotton balls, one or two ice trays
Activity: It's pretty simple, but can generate many minutes of fun! Have your child ask for a cotton ball ("snowball") from your big bag and discuss where to put it ("May/Can I have?"). Keep the tray flipped up (to target in, next to) or down (to target under). Put two snowballs on top of one another and focus on ON. Count the snowballs and practice many repetitions of "How many?" Hide the big bag of snowballs or the little snowballs and practice "Where?" Switch rolls! Give the big bag of cotton balls to your toddler and this time YOU ask for a snowball and get some help to decide where to put it!
Expansion: Read a book about Winter or snowmen and discuss wintertime activities you can do with snow prior to or after the Snow Balls and Language! activity.
Here is a link to a favorite of my daughter's "No Two Alike" by Keith Baker.
Challenge: Make it harder by involving other objects. Ask, "Can this fit IN the tray?" "Is this a snowball?"
Involve other winter objects you have around the house and discuss categories. "Does this belong in winter?" (scarf, gloves, hat). Throw in some fruit, spoons, or other random objects and have fun saying Nooooo! It belongs in ____________ group!
Alexandria Zachos is the founder of SB (Social Butterfly Inc.) Speech Therapy. She has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist for over 12 years.