Springtime is a great time to get outside with your kids. After being stuck inside all through winter, you can finally enjoy some warm weather.
There are a lot of fun activities that you can do with your kids outdoors while working on speech and language at the same time. Check out the list below for some fun free and inexpensive outdoor ideas to do with your kids for spring!
Talk about things you see while walking.
See what you can find out of doors or play I Spy.
Talk about the things you hear while walking. Imitate the sounds you hear while walking (e.g., tweet tweet, vroom).
Talk about colors you see.
Talk about the size difference between objects (e.g., big tree versus small tree).
Practice different actions (e.g., flap your arms like a bird, hop like a frog, run like a lion). Make the sounds along with the actions (e.g., tweet tweet).
Talk about the size of the puddle.
Discuss the clothes you put on to go outside in the rain (e.g., rain boots, umbrella, raincoat).
How does it feel (e.g., wet, cold)?
Talk about what you are doing or what your child is doing (e.g., splash!)
Talk about the weather.
Talk about the objects you need (e.g., gloves, shovel, seeds, dirt, water).
Let your child try planting.
Talk about what you see or what your child sees.
Discuss how plants grow.
Talk about what you are doing or what your child is doing.
When picking flowers, vegetables, or fruit talk about what they look like, what they taste like, how they smell, how they feel.
Draw with Chalk
Draw pictures together.
Talk about what you are doing or what your child is doing (e.g., I am coloring….)
Play games like tic-tac-toe.
Talk about colors.
Trace things you find outside, trace your body, or body parts.
Make a pretend town and pretend to drive around your town. Interact with the people and places in your town.
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About the Author
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.