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Activities and Games

 

Here you will find a range of activities to support your child's communication and language development. This page will be updated periodically with new activities for you to try with your child at home. If you require an additional support for your child's speech, language and communication development or you have any questions or concern, please speak to your child's class teacher.

Activity of the Month

January 2021

The activity – Homemade Story Stones 

Communication and language area(s) of development: Expressive language, vocabulary, turn-taking, attention and listening

In a nutshell – Story stones are essentially very simple prompts for narrative play. All you need to do is get some flat and smooth stones and decorate them with pictures of objects or animals. Choose one of the stones and start a tale based on the picture on it, then encourage your child/children to draw more stones and continue the story.

What you need –

  • Small Stones
  • Stickers, printed images, Magazine Pictures Cut-Outs
  • you can also use paints/markers to draw on the stones

 

Check out the Happy Hooligans website for some more story stones inspiration  https://happyhooligans.ca/story-stones/ 

December 2020

 

The activity – Dance Freeze 

Communication and language area(s) of development: Attention & listening

In a nutshell – Dance when the music’s on and freeze when it stops. It’s as simple as that and also great for an attention and listening exercise. Use some of your favourite Christmas songs and get dancing!

What you need –

  • Music
  • An Open Area Free of Obstacles

November 2020

The activity – Paper Plate Memory Game 

Communication and language area(s) of development: Turn-taking, social interaction, attention & listening

How to play – A giant variation of a matching/pairs game. Take several paper plates and marker pens and draw some shapes, animals and other items to build their vocabulary (draw 2 of each for matching). Turn all the plates upside down and take it in turns to turn over 2 plates as see if they match.

What you need –

  • Around 12 Paper Plates
  • Marker Pens

October 2020

The activity – Pom Pom Turn Taking Game 

Communication and language area(s) of development: Turn-taking, social interaction

In a nutshell – Trap pom poms in a colander using some wooden sticks or pipe cleaners and turn it upside down. Let your child/children take turns to pull the sticks out (and strengthen their fine motor skills!) until all of the pom poms fall down like an avalanche!

What you need –

  • Around 50 Coloured Pompoms
  • Wooden BBQ Sticks or Pipe Cleaners
  • A Large Colander

 

 

September 2020

Watch the video below and then see if you can have a go at creating your own little song whilst going for a walk. It is a great chance to introduce words and phrases about your plans for the day.

 

Try some of these at home too

Activities to support your child's interaction, play, understanding and listening skills at home

Raa Raa The Noisy Lion - The Littlest Laugh

Link to YouTube clip to watch alongside the activities below

Activities to do alongside watching Raa Raa The Noisy Lion

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