Candy canes, tinsel and trees indoors, Christmas is fast approaching and hopefully everyone is getting excited for the holiday season. Here are some Christmas themed Speech therapy activities to help you get into the Christmas spirit and work on those speech goals over the holidays as well!
Christmas Recipe Game:
This task works for older primary and high school aged children that have difficulty with different text types. This task can be tailored to work with a few text types however works best with procedural text types. The child must first choose a type of Christmas food they would like to make. An older child may choose a more complicated dish however try to stick with simple dishes such as Christmas cookies with Pre-made dough for younger children to avoid difficult procedures. The child must then list all the ingredients they think are required for the recipe then list from beginning to end, all of the procedural steps required to create the dish. Once they have completed the recipe, they can swap recipes with someone else and the other person must then attempt to make their dish. You can even add on a fun taste testing competition at the end to pick the best dish.
Santa Speech Sounds:
Speech sounds for children working on generalisation into conversation can always be incorporated into themed discussions. For example the next morning you can talk about all the presents everyone received and who they came from. This means you can target any sound at generalisation and keep an ear out for that sound e.g. if you are working on ‘s’, a sentence such as “Santa sent me a swing” will elicit those ‘s’ sounds that you are listening out for.
Present Guessing Game:
This task is great for working with children that have difficulty with expressive language description. This game can be played Christmas morning and requires both the child receiving the present and the child giving the present. The person is not allowed to say what the gift is so instead they have to use descriptions such as colour, shape, etc. e.g. “It’s green, needs batteries and has 4 four wheels”.
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