By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
It’s fall! It’s time for apple picking, pumpkins, and falling leaves! And as always I am looking for ways to tie in speech and language skills to fall-themed activities. Here are some of my favorite activities to do with my daughter and some ideas for incorporating speech and language skills into this fall-themed fun!
· Take a nature walk and look for fallen leaves
· Use this time to talk about different characteristics of the leaves you find
· Look for all different types of leaves – big, small, varying shapes, etc…
· After you are inside, place a piece of paper over the leave and rub with a crayon
Carving pumpkins with young children can be challenging…and dangerous! Instead of carving, consider getting creative with arts and crafts supplies instead!
· Grab some paint, paintbrushes, glue, glitter, stickers and any other art supplies you can find!
· Buy glow-in-the-dark paint for some added night-time excitement!
· Let your child get creative and messy!
· Stop worrying about the mess and get creative too!
· Paint a faces or use different colors paint to create a pattern
· Head to a local apple orchard to do some
· If the orchard has a map, look at it with your child and map out the route you will take to pick your apples
· Count the apples as you put them in the
· Talk about the characteristics of the apples you find – are they all the same? What makes one different from another?
· When you get home, cut an apple open – what is inside?
· Talk about the parts of the apple – the skin, the stem, the seeds, etc…
· Cut the apple in half, dip it in paint and use it to make “apple prints” on paper
Break out the aprons, preheat the oven and do some baking!
· Allow your child to help you pour and measure all of the ingredients needed
· Introduce various “cooking” vocabulary words like “mixing”, “pour”, “preheat”, etc…
· While the apple crisp is cooking, help your child recall the steps that you followed in the recipe and retell the steps in sequence
· Keep out the aprons to make some homemade Pumpkin Play-dough
o 1 cup flour
o 1/2 cup salt
o 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
o 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
o 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
o 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
o 1 cup water
o Food coloring (6 drops of red and 15 drops of yellow)
o Combine dry ingredients in a saucepan. Add oil, water and food coloring. Whisk until smooth and continue stirring over medium heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes until a ball forms
o Let dough cool on counter and then knead it until smooth.
· After you have made the dough play with it to create fun, fall, play-dough creations!
What are your favorite fall activities? Leave a comment below to tell about your favorite fall-themed activity!
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you enjoy the time spent with your child and think about promoting good speech and language skills while you have fun together!
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