By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
This week we met some friends at the Children’s Museum in Easton. It was a bit of a drive for us from Plymouth, but well worth it for a few hours of fun!
The Children’s Museum in Easton is housed in an old firehouse, which means the inside and outside have some pretty cool features! Inside the museum there are three floors full of kid-friendly activities, including a Fire Pole the kids can climb up! Outside there is a fenced in picnic area with sculptures and other interesting things to explore. One of my favorite things about this museum is that most of their activities really promote being creative, exploring and using language!
Here are some ways exploring at the children’s museum helps to promote language development:
· Spend some time in the various pretend play areas: rocket ship, train, stage with dress up clothes, kitchen area, fire truck, dinosaur room, doctors office. These pretend play situations can open your child up to a variety of vocabulary that may be new to him/her. Model language for your child and then allow him/her to take the lead and you can expand on whatever language/pretend play scripts he/she creates!
· Check out the rolling ball mazes. These mazes allow the child to drop a ball at the top and watch it make its way to the bottom. The ball maze on the bottom floor has pieces that can be moved so your child can explore different pathways. This activity opens the door for a variety of language about location, size and problem solving.
· Make new friends! A museum full of other children and parents is a great place to make new friends. Encourage your child’s social/pragmatic language skills by encouraging him/her to introduce him/herself to a new friend and engage in play with him/her.
If the Children’s Museum in Easton is too far of a drive, check out the Cape Cod
Children’s Museum, located in Mashpee. Although we didn’t go to the Cape Cod Children’s Museum this time, we have been there before and love exploring all of the various areas it has to offer!
I hope you take advantage of one of these great Children’s Museum and enjoy the rest of your summer, while also building speech/language skills!
For more information about the Children’s Museum in Easton, visit:
For more information about the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, visit: http://capecodchildrensmuseum.org/
To schedule a screening or assessment please contact Golden Speech Therapy today. www.goldenspeechtherapy.com
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