Describing

Friday, February 21st, 2020

By Jennifer Tuttle, M.A., CF-SLP

Now that school is out and summer is finally here, it is the perfect time to start planning family vacations! Road trips to
your favorite vacation area is the perfect time to expand your child’s language skills! Long trips in the car can be boring, so why not play a game of “I Spy” that is fun and targets your child’s describing skills!

When describing the item of their choice, have them start off by saying, “I spy with my little eye…” and then give you clues to help you guess what their item is. Here are some tips you can use to help your child describe:

  • What category does it belong in? If you are describing a bird, you could say, “It is an animal.”
  • What is their function? What does it do or what do you do with it? If you are describing scissors, you could say, “You use it to cut.”
  • What does it look like? Tell your child to paint a picture of the object in their head to help them give you visual clues! If you are describing an airplane, you could say, “It has wings, a propeller, and wheels.”
  • What does it feel like? If you are describing a cotton ball, you could say, “It is soft.”

There are other great games that you can use to help improve your child’s describing skills! Check out Headbandz,
Pictionary, and other great games to target describing skills!