Free Speech Therapy? Yes, Please!
Engagement: Knock your towers over, use anticipation to create joint play, say “ready, set....GO!” and add lots of sound effects “CRASH!” “BANG!” to create beautiful moments of fun.
Building vocabulary: Sort the containers, boxes, pots or pans by shape and colour, provide lots examples and model the vocabulary as you sort the objects together.
Prepositions: Use smaller toys to talk about in, on, under and next to concepts, for example “the car is under the yellow container!”. You could make it a game and take turns with your child to hide a toy for the other person to find.
Building vocabulary: Make two pairs of binoculars and have a safari around your house or room. Use colour, shape and size vocabulary to describe all the exciting objects and things you find, for example “Wow!! I see a big yellow giraffe! What can you see?”.
Problem solving: Make a course with masking tape, string, couch cushions, boxes or chairs to create different obstacles, you could even make shapes, arrows and more using the tape to add exciting challenges to your course.
Prepositions: Talk about in, on, under and next to concepts as you make your way around to course “Jump into the square!” Or “I’m on the cushion!”
Vocabulary: Together, go through a magazine or newspaper and cut out all the pictures starting with a letter, stick them all on a page and talk about both the sound and the letter name. Use lots of lovely vocabulary to talk about the colours, sizes and shapes of what you find.
Prepositions: Create a visual list using pen and paper of familiar object for your child, use a shopping bag or a box and together go and find the things on the list. Talk about where the object was hiding using in, on, under and next to concepts, for example “Teddy was under the blanket!”.
Vocabulary building: Set a theme for the hunt, for example ‘things that are pink’ or ‘leaves’ and together find things in the house or backyard that match that theme. Using your phone or camera help your child take photos of as many things as you can, look at all the photos when you are done and use lots of lovely vocabulary to talk about the colours, sizes and shapes of what you found.