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.