Spring into Rain Drops and Umbrellas

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umbrella-spring-rain-speech-activitySpring is finally here, and with it comes rainy days. Those April showers that bring us flowers in May are a fun way to incorporate seasonal crafts and play into speech and language sessions. When you do something a little silly, it may have a lasting outcome because it gets kids more actively engaged. Explore activities using rain boots, rain drops, umbrellas, clouds, puddles, and more that connect with those famous April showers.

Take an Umbrella Walk

Don’t let the rain stop you from going outside for a day. Kids love to walk around and explore the rainy day with an umbrella. If you can, ask parents to send in rain boots ahead of time so they can splash and play. Take time to discuss what you see, hear, feel, and experience outside in the rain. Enjoy a round of “I Spy” while walking around to encourage self confidence in talking with others.

If there are no signs of rain, have kids design their own dream rain cover-up. Ask them questions focusing on colors, shapes, design, and more. Give everyone some heavy card stock to make their umbrella using markers, construction paper, stickers, and other art supplies. When finished, head outside to parade around. Act out how they would stomp in a big puddle. Talk about how they would describe splashing around and having fun.

April Showers Craft for Practice

Rain drops and clouds are a nice theme to use for a mobile craft. Each child will need a hanger, white and blue construction paper, hole punch, stapler, blue yarn, crayons, and glue sticks. Use the white construction paper to make a large cloud. These may be decorated by kids with their name and April Showers on it. When finished, staple the cloud around the hanger. Each child will then make 5-10 raindrop shapes from blue construction paper. Older children will write articulation word practice or vocabulary on each drop. Younger children will do well with photos of word families. They could be working on a starting blend like |br| or all |r| words. Punch holes into the raindrops and cloud, and then connect them with the yarn.

Making mobiles is a nice way to connect sessions and home. When these crafts are finished, they can go home for extra practice. As always, consider putting word or vocabulary translations on them to assist multilingual families.

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