By Alysse Zittnan, MA/CCC-SLP
Looking for a virtually indestructible and inexpensive activity for preschoolers or early elementary kids?
Then head to your craft store (i.e.: Michael’s) and pick up a felt activity play board! They have a variety of scenes to entice the inner astronaut, ballerina, or firefighter in everyone.
Here are 10 different language areas you can try using the beach scene:
Concepts and Following Directions: “Put the crab between the boy and girl.”
Problem Solving: “What would you do if the beach chair was broken?”
Pronouns: “He saw a sailboat in the water.”
Present Progressive Verbs: “The bird is flying next to the sun.”
Categories: “Show me which items belong on land and which go in the water.”
Attributes: “The umbrella has a long handle that goes in the sand. Dads read under them when the sun is hot.”
Wh- Questions: “Why do people need lighthouses by the ocean?”
Exclusion/Inclusion: “Find an animal that does not fly and has five sides.”
Imaginative Play: The therapist or parent and child each pick a character to be while spending the day at the beach.
Basic Inferencing: “What if the sand castle is built too close to the water?”