It is time for an activity full of love!
It is almost Valentine’s Day! Let’s celebrate the day of love with an I Spy created by one of our Speech Language Pathologists. Did you know that you can work on your child’s language skills when playing this game?! Grab someone you love, download the game, and celebrate!
- Having a good working memory helps kids perform and learn new tasks. Memory is kind of like a muscle: We need to strengthen it with regular repetition and practice. Telling your child “I spy with my little eye something that is red, green, brown, white, and delicious” forces them to visualize objects and hold on to that picture until they are able to recall what you are looking for.
Increasing Sentence Length and Vocabulary
- Appropriate sentence length and use of age level vocabulary contributes to an increase in expressive communication. For example, tell your child “I spy something that flies”. Begin with having your child name what they see (bird), ask them which bird and increase to “red bird” or “blue bird”, then encourage them to say “I spy the red bird”, after they have mastered this, encourage them to increase their sentence length just a little more with “I spy with my little eye a red bird”. You can even ask your child to describe what the bird looks like in more detail. (“I spy with my little eye a red bird with a a yellow beak and two feet”). You may model this for your child first and then allow them to take a turn asking you to find what they “spy”.
Vocabulary words for this activity:
Colors: pink, yellow, blue, red, brown white, green, black, white, grey, orange, purple
Describing food: delicious, tasty, sweet, crunchy, soft, hard, chewy, hot, cold
Other: big, small, pretty, colorful, pointy, together, under, beside, next to, with, on top, below, soft, furry, happy, thinking, holding
Other Ways to Play:
- Count objects in the picture.
- Ask your child to describe what something might feel like, taste like, or act like.
- Ask where they might find this object or where they have seen one.
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