Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 by Danica 2 minutes
Hi there! It’s great to have you back at HeadStart For Life’s Blog, Beyond Therapy!
In our previous blog post, we introduced a couple of activities that you can have fun together with your child, as well as to get him to willingly practise his speech sounds. You can access part one of this series over here: Fun Ways to Work with Your Child’s Speech – Part I
Have you tried out some of the ideas with your little ones? If you have, do leave a reply below to let us know how it went! It’d be a pleasure to hear from you!
Today, we are back with more ideas on how you can keep the fun and your child’s interest in practising the speech sounds. We hope that these ideas will be helpful to you. Do let us know if you have any other ideas that you’d like to share with us too!
Alright, let’s get going!
All children love sensory play. The tactile input that a child gets from digging through the sensory bin will definitely keep him coming back for more.
Preparation of the materials is simple and easy. You will need a large container to contain your sensory materials, which can be rice, beans, peas or kinetic sand. You can even use soil, mud or real sand. Hide chips (or coins) in the sensory bin and have your child dig all of them out with his hands or a shovel.
To make the activity more challenging and the sensory bin more visually stimulating, you can even hide distractors, such as colourful marbles or tiny pebbles, in the sensory bin.
Note: This activity is recommended for children above 3 years old and should always be supervised by an adult because of small parts.
Decide on what the “hungry” animal shall be. The food that this animal likes to eat will be used as tokens to reward your child. Your child will have to feed the “hungry” animal using the tokens. Use your child’s favourite animal so that he will be motivated and excited to feed the animal!
You can print out the animal and the food that it eats on paper then laminate them. Alternatively, you can also craft them using cardboard.
This is an activity that you can try with children who love to move around.
Take turns to throw a ball into the cups or buckets. The further away the cup or bucket is from the players, the greater the score of successfully tossing a ball into that cup or bucket. The player who accumulates the highest amount of points at the end wins the game.
You can also tweak the activities that we have shared in both parts of this series to suit your child’s needs, interests and level of play. Enjoy practicing the speech sounds together with your child using these ideas from HeadStart For Life’s blog post today! See you back here soon!