April showers bring May flowers, but the gloomy weather can leave people feeling blue. Why not embrace the rain and puddles to have some fun outside with speech and language goals? Have kids wear rain boots and grab some umbrellas to head outside or into a bigger space to enjoy some fun rain-themed games.
Utilizing umbrellas for fun
Playing outside may not always be possible due to thunderstorms or kids not having proper rain gear. Rather than completely ignore the rain, utilize some of the gear that is safe for indoor use to make up games that can work on speech and language goals. Take some older and/or smaller umbrellas and bring them inside.
Open the umbrella and place it upside down to make it into a top. Use stickers or Velcro tabs on the outside of each segment for numbers, letters, or more specific items. This is the perfect time to work on articulation, pragmatics, vocabulary, or something more specific to a particular child. Sit in a big circle. When it is their turn, the child will stand up and carefully spin the umbrella using the handle while the point is on the ground. The section that is on the ground in front of their legs is what they have landed on. The segments can change for each person when using Velcro. Think outside of the box and make up more games with the kids that can incorporate an umbrella, boot, or other spring rain item.
Matching rain drops
Sometimes a quiet activity is nice to do when listening to the rain falling outside. A raindrop match game is also great for smaller spaces or when traveling around. Cut out several umbrella shapes in several colors and write the sound that is being worked on in the shape. If you laminate the umbrellas, they can be used for multiple students by using a dry erase marker or Velcro tabs to change the letter sound needs. You will also need a group of raindrops to match to each umbrella and the sound being worked on. Do not color code them; instead, include a picture that requires kids to say the word and practice recognizing the sounds needed for the match.
Send home some blank raindrops for carry over work. Explain the process to families. Be sure to translate the instructions for those that may need the assistance. Encourage children to look around their homes for items with specific sounds and color them on the raindrop. After a certain time, they can bring them back into school to share with the rest of the group.
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