We all spend a lot of time in the car driving from place to place. Especially with summer coming right around the corner. Because we spend so much time in the car, why not work on your child’s speech and language skills at the same time?
There are so many ways you can practice speech and language skills while driving in the car. Below you will find some speech and language activities that you can do in the car with your kids:
Talk about different colors you see.
Talk about what you see while driving (e.g., trees, cars, trucks, roads, stores, people, animals, etc.
Talk about wh- questions - where you are going (e.g., we are going to the doctor’s office), who you are going to see (e.g., we are going to see the doctor), what you are going to do (e.g., the doctor will help us feel better), why you are going where you are going (e.g., we go to the doctor so we can feel better), and when we have to go where we are going (e.g., we have to go to the doctor when we are sick).
Talk about what you are doing (e.g., mommy is driving, stop, go).
Sing Songs - Sing nursery rhymes with your child (e.g., wheels on the bus, I’m a little teapot, old McDonald).
Play I, Spy - Play I, spy, when in the car. Take turns saying what you spy. For younger children, you can name the object you spy (e.g., I spy a green tree or I spy a car). For older children, turn it into a describing game (e.g., I spy something that is green and it has a brown stump).
Play The Alphabet Game - For each letter of the alphabet, name something that you see, it could be in the car or outside the car. For example, starting with the letter A name something you see that begins with the letter A (e.g., animal). Go through the entire alphabet. This helps the child with learning his/her ABCs and with phonological awareness.
Practice Articulation - If you need to work on articulation with your child, you can name different things you see based on the sound your child is working on. You can also have your child name things he or she sees that have the sound he or she is working on.
Scavenger Hunt - Make a list of different things you want to find with your child. With your older children, you can come up with a list together of common things you can find while driving. While driving, find the items on your list!
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Lauren Purcell is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). She graduated from San Jose State University in California with a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Sciences and a Master of Arts in Education/Speech Pathology.