ACTIVITIES THAT FOCUS ON SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
Expressive Language ideas
- Reading books is a great way to work on vocabulary, answering questions, grammar, and story retelling/sequencing. Ask open-ended “wh” questions (who, what, where, when, why) that require your child to think of a more detailed explanation rather than just providing a yes/no response. Ask your child to recall 2-3 important details from the story, using sentence starters such as, “first….then...next...last…” to help them sequence steps from the story.
- Playing board games such as Headbanz, Guess Who, Clue Junior, Charades and Bingo will target skills such as producing and using appropriate vocabulary, asking/answering open-ended questions, identifying semantic associations/similarities, categories etc.
- Have your child draw a picture of something and let them tell you about what they drew.
- Set a timer and play a rhyming game with your child. See how many rhyming words you can think of before the timer goes off.
- Give your child “chores” or tasks to do around the house that require them to follow 1-2 step directions (e.g. after you put your shoes in the closet, put your jacket on the chair)
- When reading books with your child, ask them to identify by pointing to pictures in the book (e.g. show me where the cat is...show me which baby is eating, etc).
- Play board/card games (e.g. ThinkFun Roll and Play dice game, charades, Yoga Pretzels, Uno, Go Fish) that require your child to follow directions, identify familiar vocabulary, work on turn-taking skills, showing good sportsmanship, and using social language skills.
- Play “Guess that Emotion” using different facial expressions with your child and have them identify which emotion you are displaying. Talk about real-life situations or instances that cause you to experience each emotion. (e.g. when you pick up your toys and put them away, that makes me feel HAPPY).
- Have your child draw a picture and give them directions to follow that target language attributes such as location, quantity, size, shape, color, etc (e.g. give the snowman THREE BLUE buttons, draw a RED flower UNDER the tree)
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