Fall Into Language
It’s that time of year again, FALL! Fall is my favorite time of year! You probably didn’t realize all of the activities you can do outside that can help develop your child’s language skills. Here are some fun fall activities that you can do with your child while working on their language goals at the same time!
1. Collect Leaves:
a. Sort the leaves by color and size.
b. Label the colors of the leaves.
c. Talk about the sound the leaves make when you crunch them under your feet or in your hands (crunch, crunch).
d. Make a tree shape with the leaves and talk about the different parts of the tree (trunk, branches, leaves).
e. Along with making a tree, name different animals and insects that live in trees (birds, squirrels, caterpillars, butterflies, etc.).
2. At the Pumpkin Patch:
a. Sort the pumpkins by size (small to big, big to small).
b. Verbally label different fall vocabulary (pumpkin, acorn, tractor, Halloween, hot chocolate, etc.).
c. Talk about all the fun things you can do with a pumpkin. (carve it, launch it, make pumpkin pie, bake pumpkin seeds, paint it, etc.).
3. Carving a Pumpkin:
a. Use adjectives to describe the pumpkin. For example, “The outside of the pumpkin feels…(smooth, slimy, bumpy).”
b. Use verbs to describe what you are doing with the pumpkin (you are scraping the inside of the pumpkin, you are carving the face of your pumpkin).
c. Work on basic spatial concepts (inside the pumpkin, top of the pumpkin, bottom of the pumpkin).
These are just a few fall activities you can do that incorporate language. Remember language is all around us, so as long as you are using colorful language to describe what you’re doing with your child or asking your child questions you are working on developing their language skills!
Please feel free to ask your SLPs at PTC if you have any questions or need more fall ideas to spice up your fall outings or activities!
Heather Clark, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist