Winter isn’t quite ready to leave yet. That means a lot of time stuck indoors with the kids and we need to find fun ways to occupy their time. The good news is that practicing speech can be done just about anywhere with minimal prep time and clean up required. Here are some fun ways to practice speech while the weather keeps you indoors.
1. Speech Sound Scavenger Hunt: Go through the house and find as many items as you can with your child’s target speech sound. Have your child practice saying each item they find in a short phrase (ie: I found a ____). You can even take pictures on your phone of these items and print them out to make a short book to practice.
2. Speech Sounds with Playdough: Have a list of words containing your child’s target speech sound. Have your child create one of the items from the list out of playdough. You then have to guess what your child has created. You can then switch roles with mom or dad creating words out of playdough and your child guessing the target word. Only accept an answer as correct if your child uses their “good” speech sounds.
3. Speech Sound Story time: Go through picture books and have your child point out words and pictures containing their speech sound. Have your child practice these words in short phrases (ie: I see a ____ or Look there is a _____).
4. Speech Sound Flashlight Hide and Seek: Place words or pictures with your child’s target sound on the walls throughout the house. Turn off the lights and have your child “seek” the pictures hung up throughout the house by using their flashlight. Have your child say each target word when they find it.
5. Speech Sound Pictionary: Have your child draw a picture of a word containing their target speech sound. Guess what your child drew, make sure you enunciate your child’s target speech sound. Then switch roles and draw a picture with your child’s target speech sound. Have your child guess what you have drawn. Only accept an answer as correct if your child uses their “good” speech sounds.