Yesterday in the afternoon therapy block, I started using some Easter themed activities for the first time this year. These are easy to do activities that are great for therapy and home.
1) An Egg-cellent Egg Hunt
Last Easter my Mum sent me a very unhealthy package of delightful treats – some of which were in small plastic egg casing. These casings you can crack open. You can find these at most ‘cheapy stores’ and they are ideal for hiding around the house. For each child, I put in different picture cards depending on what we were targeting. We were able to put in a few cards in each egg to increase the number of repetitions. It’s such a simple activity but they all had a great time and were able to achieve our session goals.
We all know that most children love imitating adult-like activities. Cooking is a big favourite with a lot of kids. We used the same plastic eggs and ‘made a cake’ (not strictly Easter themed, but it was nevertheless fun). We had a mixing bowl and the eggs (with target cards inside) – and you can add the ‘finished product’ (we had laminated biscuits). Every time we cracked an egg, the target cards would spill out and it gave the child the opportunity to practise the speech target.=
3) Activities with an Easter flavour
In the last few years, Pinterest has shifted the landscape of speech therapy – in that it’s a lot easier and quicker to look incredibly creative. In searching for new ideas, I came across a few blogs that have ready-made (and free) language resources with an Easter twist.
Following one stage directions
A printable Easter pack that could be used for anything: plurals, pronouns, verbs etc
And finally, I thought this was a great idea for classrooms!
This article was written by our speech pathologist Jenna Butterworth who is a Speech Pathology Australia member.
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Happy Easter Everyone!