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!
Alexandria Zachos is the founder of SB (Social Butterfly Inc.) Speech Therapy. She has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist for over 12 years.