Make Speech “Egg”citing!

By Alexa Demyan,

Eggs provide entertainment that lasts well beyond the Easter season, so why not use them to practice your child’s speech goals?!

  • For “WHO” Questions:
    • Have your child find or dye eggs with you or someone else and after, discuss “who” made or found each egg
  • For Requesting:
    • Hide the eggs in eyesight but out of reach to encourage requests for the egg. You can also tape eggs shut to encourage requests for help opening the egg to find their surprise!
  • For Speech Sounds:
    • Hide pictures/words in plastic eggs, practicing each word by itself or making up a sentence for each egg/word found!
  • For Categories or Same/Different:
    • Find dollar store trinkets, snacks, stickers, or small toys in the plastic eggs, and after finding them, sort by color, object, category, etc.
  • For Prepositions:
    • Talk about where your child found each egg; in the drawer, under the couch, on top of the lamp, etc.
  • For “What-Happened” Questions:
    • Dye hard-boiled eggs and talk about actions like “mixing the dye, stirring it up, dropping the egg in, holding it in, scooping it out, changing the color,” etc.

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This post written for you by Abbey Vielhaber, M.A., CCC-SLP of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

10 Ways to Use those Toilet Paper Rolls!

By Alexa Demyan,

With this Therapy Share we’ll be helping you use your toilet paper and paper towel rolls to spark some language-rich, creative play!

  1. Staple 2 tubes together to make binoculars. Attach a string for a strap. Go on a birdwatching/animal watching walk.
  2. Cut 3 slits partway up around the tube, squish the cut end together and secure with tape to make an ice cream cone. Use kinetic sand, playdough, or wadded up scrap paper and play ice cream shoppe.
  3. Tape 3-4 tubes together as a telescope. Stick paper stars around the house. Send your child on a star hunt.
  4. Cut a tube into pieces, cut open on one side and decorate with paint, markers, gems, beads, etc. to make cuff bracelets. Put on dress up clothes and have a fashion show.
  5. Cut a tube into pieces and decorate to make napkin rings. Host a “fancy” dinner for your family.
  6. Tape 3-4 tubes together to make a pirate telescope. Turn a couch or bed into a pirate ship and sail the seas.
  7. Collect several tubes to use as bowling pins. Find a small ball or wad up some paper. Have a bowling tournament.
  8. Cut a tube into pieces to make rings. Stick a crayon or markers in a ball of playdough or have someone hold it upright. Play a game of mini ring toss!!
  9. Fold one end over and tape it shut. Fill with dry beans, beads, or stones. Fold and tape the other end to make a maraca. Play some dancing music and shake it to the beat!!
  10. Cut a tube to fit your child’s forearm. Cut a slit down the center lengthwise. Add a superpower logo. Slip the superhero cuffs on your child’s amr. Add a towel or fabric cape and Save the Universe!!

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Rainy Day Activities

By Alexa Demyan,

When the forecast is projecting for rain, rain and more rain, it may seem daunting if you’ve got little ones at home. But no worries- Miss Abbey has shared all of her go-to rainy day activities that she does with her own children at home!
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☔️𝐒𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐬 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐧𝐚𝐜𝐤/ 𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞. 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭:
• Where they’re eating
• What they’re eating
• What’s happening around them
• Requests for “more” snack or make choices between snacks
• The flavors and textures of the snack (crunchy, chewy, sweet, salty, sour, smooth, slimy, etc)
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☔️ 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐮𝐝𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐲𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝. 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭:
• Size concepts: are the puddles you find big, medium, or small
• Comparisons: are the puddles bigger/smaller than your child’s boots or your boots
• Quantity concepts: is a lot or a little water in the puddle, how many puddles you found (give a specific number, or use general terms such as one, a lot, a few)
• Location concepts: where are you finding puddles (on the sidewalk, on the driveway, beside the mailbox, next to the curb, in the grass, etc)
• Verbs: splash with your hands, jump with both feet, stomp with one foot, march, hop on one foot, etc. Use this activity to talk about “what happened?”
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☔️ 𝐆𝐨 𝐨𝐧 𝐚 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤!
• Have children help plan what they need for a walk in the rain (boots vs shoes, raincoat vs a regular jacket, hat and/or umbrella)
• Practice describing words by talking about the size/colors/other features of houses you see
• Practice one speech word for each house you pass or each sidewalk square
• Point out objects that have your speech sound
• Bring a bucket and fill it with treasures you find (sticks, rocks, leaves, acorns, pinecones, mulch, flowers). When you get home, you can sort the items by category, size, color, etc.

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This post written for you by Abbey Vielhaber, M.A., CCC-SLP of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Celebrate UNICORN Day!

By Alexa Demyan,

We’re helping you celebrate Unicorn Day all day on April 9 with these simple and fun educational activities.

Our Unicorn Day celebration includes Unicorn Slime, Pin the Horn on the Unicorn, and Reading Together!

Unicorn Slime

Practice following 1-2 step directions by making UNICORN SLIME!

We followed instructions from The Best Ideas for Kids

What you’ll need:

  • Bowl and spoon for mixing
  • 6oz Elmer’s Glitter Glue (can use regular glue and add glitter too!)
  • Baking Soda
  • Contact Lens Solution (containing boric acid and sodium borate)
  • Flare! Whatever beads, glitter, gemstones or other additions you want to use you make your unicorn slime EXTRA unicorn-worthy

Directions:

  1. Grab your bowl to mix your slime together
  2. Pour your entire 6 oz Elmer’s Glitter Glue into the bowl
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and mix in thoroughly (You can add 2 TBSP or up to 1/4 cup water if you want stretchier slime!)
  4. Add your glitter and continue to mix
  5. Slowly add in your contact lens solution (Reminder: contact lens solution should contain boric acid and sodium borate or your slime will not form). Add it in slowly and mix if possible so that you can adjust and ensure you do not add too much
  6. Mix until your slime forms and begins to harden.
  7. Now it’s time to knead! If it’s not the consistency you’re looking for, keep kneading. If it’s too sticky, add a little bit of lotion or baby oil to your hands.
  8. You can choose to add beads, gemstones or other unciron-friendly additions!
  9. Once you’re done adding all unicorn-worthy additions it’s time to play!

Pin the Horn on the Unicorn

Practice turn-taking and using lcoation words to describe where the horn was placed with PIN THE HORN ON THE UNICORN!

For this activity we used a poster board to draw our unicorn, and construction paper for the horns.

If you’re not feeling artistic and up for drawing a unicorn, don’t worry, you can print an image of a unicorn and cut horns from construction paper to match!

Reading Together

After a game of Pin the Horn on the Unicorn we kept the unicorn-themed fun going by reading our favorite unicorn books to practice using fun describing words like sparkly, shiny, bright, colorful and silly.

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This post written for you by the staff of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center