Spring fever is in the air!
Here are some spring-themed activities you can do with your kids that are sure to please.
Get a bucket and fill it with springy things.
They are very easy to come by this time of year; you can make a trip to the dollar store or find objects you already have laying around the house.
You could also print spring themed pictures from your computer.
Here are some suggestions:
Eggs, Flowers (fake or real), baby animal figurines or pictures, a baggie full of green grass, baggie with soil, packet of seeds, small shovel, gardening gloves, a flip flop, picture of a butterfly or other insects, etc.
Blindfold the child or have them turn around. Pull something out of the bucket and describe it to the child. They have to guess the item.
Try to include as many senses as possible...what it looks like, smells like, feels like, and in some cases sounds and tastes like.
Pull out three of the items from the bucket and make up a short story using those items.
You can use the example story below if you have a packet of seeds, a shovel, and a bunny.
"Once upon a time there was a bunny. The bunny snuck into the farmer's garden often and ate vegetables until he was stuffed.
One day he was hopping to the farmer's garden when suddenly he saw a large fence. The fence went around the whole garden, and the bunny could not get in!
He was very sad because the farmer had the best carrots and cabbage and peas.
The bunny had an idea. He would plant his own garden! He grabbed a shovel and some seeds and he went to work.
He dug in the soil, planted the seeds, watered them every day, and made sure they had enough sunlight.
After a couple months of hard work, the bunny had a beautiful garden with all his favorite vegetables.
The bunny learned that hard work can be very rewarding!"
Following the story, ask these questions...
Have the child choose items out of the bucket and explain them to you without you looking. Encourage them to use as many senses as possible.
Have the child choose an item out of the bucket and hide it somewhere in the room.
Then have them give you three clues about where it is using full sentences.
Have the child pull three items out of the bucket and help/encourage them while they make up their own story about the three items.
Either print the previous story or use the child's made up story and send it for homework.
They can retell the story to their parents.
Print this download.
Give the children some crayons and brainstorm with them all the things they love about spring.
They can draw pictures or write words. Then have them use full sentences to tell you all the things they love.
Simple and fun!
Print these sentences and cut them into strips.
If this sequencing task is too complicated for your child, omit every other sentence to make it 5 tasks instead of 10.
Fold a piece of paper in half, and then in half again and again until you have six segments to the paper.
Have the child write or draw 6 steps to planting a seed.
Send the paper home for homework for the child to practice speech/language as they share the steps with their parents.
This time of year, colorful plastic eggs are inexpensive and easy to come by!
Have the child sort by color and/or size. Or cut out the following words and put them inside the eggs. Have the child open the eggs and categorize the words based on the season represent.
Use our word lists to make a list of your student's articulation goals.
For every 20 productions (or your desired number) allow the student to open an easter egg and find a treat.
I suggest putting one jelly bean in each egg.
For an extra activity that goes above and beyond the call of duty, plant a seed in a paper cup with your children/students.
During this activity talk about all the steps it takes to grow a vegetable from a seed.
This activity has the potential to be rich in language. You could even use spoonfulls of soil as a reinforcement for productions!
Send it home and have the child explain to their parents how they planted the seed and the additional steps required to grow it.
Have the child report back on the progress of their seed over the next couple of months.
If you can figure out how to tie this activity into your students' specific goals it would be an awesome activity.
I hope you enjoy these spring-themed activities!