An Autumn Outdoor Therapy Classroom

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fall-speech-language-activitiesThe cooler weather often provides a wonderful opportunity to take speech and language sessions outside. Mother Nature and autumn provide a great backdrop for learning and exploring. Any session could take place outside; this will focus on utilizing the natural environment while working on speech and language goals. These activities will also incorporate vocabulary usage and continued practice with conversational skills.

Making Autumn Nature Bingo Cards

Prior to doing this activity, be sure to take a stroll around outside where you will be working with children during the sessions. Make a list of things that you see that would work well on a bingo card that students can make. Include items such as an empty bird’s nest, a pumpkin, a pile of leaves, or other reminders of fall. For younger children, you could also make it a natural color look and find bingo game. They can note items that they find that are green, orange, red, etc.

Make bingo cards and leave them blank. Each child will fill in their chart with some of the word suggestions that you provide from your previous walk around.  Each child could be given a different group of words that they are working on and pictures may also be used and glued onto charts. The beauty of this activity is that it can be personalized for the needs of the children you are working with. Allow each child to fill in their bingo card so theirs is unique. Once this is completed, have everyone grab a marker to use on their card and get ready to go on an autumn stroll.

Playing Fall Stroll Bingo

Begin your walk and stop in a location and have everyone look in a specific direction. Take turns playing I Spy to recognize items found outside. You may take the lead or have each child search for something on their bingo card. When they find it they will raise their hand and share what they see. If other people have that on their card, they may also mark it off. While not a typical bingo game it encourages students to think, look, and share information while participating in a group activity. They will utilize the given words and practice the words as you prompt them along the way.

A great way to connect with home would be to send additional bingo cards home for the entire family to play together. For multilingual households, be sure to have translations of words on the cards. Ask students to let you know if they do this and what their favorite part of the game was when they did it at home.

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