‘Tis the Season to Bake!
By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s time to break out the mixing bowls and preheat the oven! Baking can be a fun, kid-friendly activity and it can also be a great way to work on language skills too. Here are some ideas to promote language skills while baking up some of
your favorite holiday treats. I’ve also highlighted some key words that may be new to your child so you can take a minute to explain what the word means when you use it while baking.
Before you begin, put on your aprons to keep your clothes clean. Then read over the recipe and have your child help you take out all of the ingredients. Make sure you take out any measuring cups or spoons that you will need and take this opportunity to talk about what it means to measure.
Once you have all your ingredients ready, read the recipe to find out what temperature you need to preheat your oven to.
Have your child help you read the recipe and work on following directions while you follow the recipe. Break the directions down into first-then steps to make it easier for your child. For example, “first pour in the sugar, then pour in the flour”.
When all of your ingredients are mixed and your dish is ready to bake, put it in the oven and set the timer!
While you are waiting, ask your child to recall the ingredients you used and the different steps to the recipe.
When the timer goes off take out your goodies, let them cool and then devour them! Use some describing words to talk about what your dessert looks like, smells like, tastes like and feels like.
I hope you enjoy these language activities almost as much as you enjoy any sweet treats you bake this holiday season!
If you are concerned about your child’s language development call Golden Speech Therapy and schedule a free screening!
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