Holidays and seasons are a great way to incorporate new vocabulary and build your child's language and understanding of traditions or routines! Read more below about a few Halloween themed books for different ages and the fun ways you can interactively read with your child. We've also shared a few of ur favorite easy and inexpensive themed-activities for you and your child to do at home!
Where is Baby's Pumpkin?: In this book Baby is looking for her pumpkin and you have to help her find it! This book is great for working on everyday, common vocabulary (e.g., things around your home), yes/no questions, simple WH-questions (what, where, who) and also prepositions (e.g., “Is it under the table?” or “Show me what is on the table.” or “What is next to the table?”, etc).
Say Boo!: Ghosts are suppose to say "boo!", but in this book one ghost is having a hard time with that. This book is short and sweet and great for simple vocabulary building.
Mouse's First Halloween: In this book Mouse has a pretty adventurous Halloween night. He sees and hears a lot of different things that seem spooky or scary at first, but turn out to just be things we see during Halloween. This book is great for early, simple inferencing and prediction skills, as well as, vocabulary.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat: There are a lot of different “Old Lady Who Swallowed a….” books. These books are silly and fun and good for recalling details in sequential order (e.g., the items she swallows) and vocabulary.
Room On the Broom: This is a great book for rhyming, comprehension, and inferences. The witch keeps losing things from her broom and when a dragon shows up, her animal friends have to help her out.
Halloween Related Activities to Try at Home!
You can also do short, fun, holiday-themed activities at home with your child to work on building their vocabulary and language skills. Here are a few easy and inexpensive ideas:
These are just a few ideas, but maybe you have some other ideas or activities you already do with your child. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section for others to try out too!
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development, reach out to us at The Speech Space. We offer free screenings, which take approximately 30 minutes, and can help identify potential problems.
It's time again for our monthly segment: Favorite Toys Without Batteries! As we talked about in our previous segments, we love toys without batteries. Below is The Speech Space's October list of great toys that don't make noise, so that you can get your child talking more while you play!
Duplos: These are the beginner version for Legos. Larger than a Lego and much easier for small hands to manipulate, Duplos are great to begin building. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, so you can work on helping your child describe which piece they need with specific language. Duplos are also good for imaginative play. You can incorporate different toys (vehicles, action figures, stuffed animals, etc) to build houses, schools, even cities for all your child's toys and then have them come up with a story about what they built. If they are a child who struggles to come up with ideas on their own, you can help by describing something that you're making ("I'm making a place where a king and queen live") to help them get started.
Bunny Hop: In this game, the bunnies are trying to steal all the carrots from the farmers. You're trying to get one bunny of each color to win the game. This game is great for matching, following directions, vocabulary concepts, and turn taking. You never know when the bunnies will pop out and kids love the element of surprise!
Zingo: This game is similar to bingo, but is made for younger kids. The pictures are of common items, so this game is great for working on basic vocabulary building. You can work on simply naming the pictures on the tiles, asking your child what group or category the items belong to, see if your child can name additional items in the same category and even talk about how some of the pictures are the same or different. Best of all, when you fill up your whole board you get to yell, "Zingo!" (which just sounds so much more fun than regular "Bingo").
Check back on The Speech Space blog for other fun ideas, toys and games you can do with your child to help increase their communication development. If you missed our previous Toys Without Batteries segments, check them out under the "Toys" category of our blog.
If you have questions or concerns about your child's development, contact us at The Speech Space. We offer free screenings, which take approximately 30 minutes, and can help identify potential problems.