31 October 2017
Sometimes it can be hard to think of a new activity to do with your child that helps them develop their speech and language. So when a holiday or special day comes along, it’s the perfect time to pull out some themed activities.
With today being Halloween we’ve asked our Spooky Speechie (Caitlyn) to come up with a few great language development activities.
Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late”.
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
The third one said, “But we don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run”.
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun”.
Oooo went the wind and out went the light
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
Children learn through songs, so using them for language development is great. Five Little Pumpkins (sung to the tune of Five Little Monkeys) is a lovely little Halloween song that helps reinforce counting and using words like first, second, third etc.
The song also promotes the understanding and use of verbs as each pumpkin undertakes their activity.
We have put together a little printable book for you to download with the song and a few pictures. Just cut each page along the dotted line and then staple on the left – easy.
Learn to count using some spooky numbers using our Halloween Counting Cards. An exercise like this is great for number recognition, but also helps to emphasis the /s/ on the end of the plurals (e.g. pumpkinS); help your child listen for the /s/ at the end of each word.
4 years and up
Halloween Spatial Directions
This download sheet will help your child work on positional or spatial concepts; words like above, beside, next to.
Start by having your child draw a spooky house, and then cut out each of the icons. Then you can read out the 10 places to put the pictures and your child can stick them down.
Mad libs are a great way to get your child thinking about new words and how they fit together. In case you haven’t heard of them, basically you have a story with a lot of words missing, and you have to fill in the blanks. Under each blank there are clues to the kind of word you should use (adjective, verb etc).
If your child isn’t old enough to be reading at this level themselves, or has difficulty with the words, this is a great activity to do together. You can read out the story and ask your child which word they would like to add, letting them know what kind of word is being asked for.
There are so many books available with Halloween themes; Room on the Broom, Meg and Mog and Funnybones to name a few, and nothing helps language development quite like reading to your child.
For our clients we have copies of Room on the Broom available in our library and we have found some great resources for you to download to use to retell the story and understand some of the new words your child might learn while reading the book.
We hope we have given you some great ideas to do some fun speech and language activities for Halloween. Have a spooky night.