Flowers for Spring – Speech Activities
Spring officially arrives March 20 and is a great topic to utilize with children during therapy. After a long winter full of snowmen, snowflakes, and winter holidays, it is finally time to add some fun and colors to the mix.
Flower Pots That Go Together
This activity can be tailored for many different skill sets. First, make some flower pots out of construction paper. This will be used for categories in a sorting game. Next, make a dozen or more long flowers to use with words being worked on. If you have a clip art program, this may help so you can print them out and laminate once finished. Your goal is to have three or four flowers in each of the flower pots during the activity.
- For younger children working on beginning sounds, you can place a word or picture on each of the flowers. One should also be placed on the flower pot. Their goal is to place all of the flowers that have beginning /r/ sound together. End sounds, or rhyming words are also perfect depending on the goals for the children you work with.
- Older children that are working on using descriptive words can have the flower pots with a specific item (pictures may help for some). Then, have a variety of descriptor flowers that will only fit with a specific word/flower pot. The opportunity to sort and think about works that can describe each noun will strengthen skills in this area.
Paper Tissue Craft
Help to brighten up rooms with a great take home craft that was featured on PBS Parents. Amy Mascott explains how to make Tissue-Paper Flowers in Yogurt-Cup Vases. This project uses materials that are easy to find and encourages children to be creative, work on art skills, and also talk about flowers. The full list of items including recycled child-size yogurt cups, construction paper, bendable straws, and more can be found on the link above.
While this activity may seem like it is simply a craft project, you can apply a lot of speech and language practice within your time. To help encourage kids during this process, have photos of different flowers around the space to inspire the young artists. Ask them questions about the flowers, what they are planning, and give them a chance to explain the process. When sections are finished, give everyone time to describe what they made and talk about favorite parts.
Before working on this project, think about asking children to find out what flowers they have at home. Are there specific floral items that are special in countries their families may be from or in holidays they celebrate? Have photos of these flowers available to connect to the students and their unique family backgrounds. Encourage children to bring their craft home and share it with members of their families. They can describe how they made it and ask others questions about their favorite part.
Photo Credit : Finished Paper Flowers by Denise Carrasco