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Summer Fun to Support Speech & Language - Final Post!

Updated: Aug 14, 2020

Wow, thanks for joining us throughout the month of July for our summer fun activity ideas! We cannot believe how quickly the summer is flying by. Hopefully you are staying cool at home!

This final activity is super easy and super fun (but it will take a considerable amount of aluminum foil)! Most kids love interacting with water, and it is a nice way to keep cool in the summer heat!

Materials Needed:

Aluminum foil Water

Your child’s favorite toys!

Go outside and form your aluminum foil into a u-shape (so that it can hold water inside)-- this can be as long as you desire!

From the looks of it though, it looks like the longer the river, the more exciting this activity is! You can keep your hose running down your aluminum foil river; or if you would like to save on water, fold up the end for your aluminum foil river and pour in a set amount of water.

Goals to target:

  • Action words: Target words like “go,” “float,” “swim,” “splash,” and even “on” and “off” when you’re gathering water from the hose or the sink! Get creative while your child is playing with his/her aluminum foil river. Just because you’re working with water doesn’t mean you only have to use verbs related to water!

  • Requesting: Set some toys out immediately, and keep some of your child’s toys in a bucket. This way, your child will have to request for specific toys. Remember to use techniques like giving two choices.

  • Positional words: Make a line of toys going down the river, and you can target words or phrases, such as “first,” “last,” “in the middle,” “in between,” or “next to.”

  • Identifying objects: You can target receptive vocabulary (what your child understands) by asking things like, “Where’s the ____?” or “Can you give me the _____?”

I hope you all get to try out these activities over the course of your children’s summer vacations! Remember that any activity can be a speech and language activity, as long as you’re on the lookout for opportunities! If you want further ideas on how to target your child’s speech and language goals, ask your speech-language pathologist on how you might be able to adapt these activities.

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