Holidays and seasons are a great way to incorporate new vocabulary and build your child’s language and understanding of traditions or routines! Below are some easy and inexpensive themed-activities for you and your child to do at home:
-Get a box of Valentine’s Day cards for their class and look at what is the same or different with each card (e.g., they both have superheroes; one has Iron Man and the other has Spider Man). You can also practice describing what is on the cards.
-Get a bag or box of candy hearts and complete one or more of the following activities: Pick out the hearts with action words such as “Hug me”, “Kiss Me”, and “Call Me” and have your child act out the message. With a marker write a letter on the blank side of each heart and have your child practice identifying letters or, if he or she is able, spelling words.
-Write a Valentine to friends or family members. Practice letter-writing format, complete sentences, and lots of descriptive vocabulary to tell someone why they are special to you!
-Do a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. Have kids cut hearts out of construction paper, then parents can write words on them for practice. They can be articulation targets, sight words, spelling words, anything! Then, hide them throughout the house and have kids search for them.
-Read Valentine’s Day themed books such as “The Day It Rained Hearts”, “Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse”, “Click Clack Moo, I Love You”, and “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose”.