Use What You Have at Home!

Guest Authored By Amanda W, M.S., CCC-SLP/L

It’s been a few long months in quarantine and you may feel as though you have run out of ideas of what to do with your child. Well, I’m here to help! All of the below ideas do not require you to go out to buy new toys and also promote speech and language development.

1. Build a Fort

Compile blankets, pillows, and bed sheets in one pile and have your child use their problem-solving skills to create a fort. This activity may also require communication and assistance from another person.

2. Scavenger Hunt

Make a list of items you have around your house and have your child check the box once they find each item! This is a great way to target vocabulary, following directions, and attention.

3. Tag

Tag is a great way to work on turn-taking with your child!

4. Build and create a city using recycled items

Start by collecting recycled items (cereal boxes, jars, milk cartons, etc.) and have your child create their very own city! This activity targets problem solving, vocabulary, spatial concepts, and play skills.

5. Give your toys a bath!

Fill up the bathtub or sink with water and soap. Have your child give their toys a bath. This promotes play skills, sequencing, and following directions. In return, your child will have clean toys!

6. Sensory bin

Look in your kitchen and see what you can find! Rice, beans, cooked noodles, bowls, and mixing spoons are all great to use. You can target play skills, spatial concepts, pragmatics, and sequencing.

7. Obstacle course

Get creative and work with your child on creating an obstacle course in your house. You can target sequencing, following directions, and spatial concepts (in, on, under).

8. Parachute

I’m sure you can remember how much fun you had playing parachute in gym class when you were in school. Why not do the same at home with a bed sheet. Select soft items to place on top of the parachute and have some fun! This activity targets following directions, expressive/receptive language (e.g. ready, set, go!) and turn-taking.

9. Cook

Have your child help you cook a meal or dessert! This is a great way to target sequencing, following directions, and pragmatic skills.

10. Go for walks or workout!

Movement and speech and language development go hand in hand. Enjoy some fresh air and work on having great conversation with your child. Take turn picking topics to talk about!

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