Puddle Day Party

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rainy-day-speech-activitiesKids love to play in water, and puddles from April showers provide a great opportunity for fun. While stomping and splashing, there are opportunities for children to talk about the activities and explore descriptive words. Take some time to make a puddle splashing day happen.

Time to Stomp and Splash

Message families ahead of time and ask them to send kids in with rain boots, flip flops, Crocs, or some old sneakers that may get wet. Explain that you will be hosting a puddle party for the kids. If Mother Nature sets up natural play, that’s less work. If there are no puddles, there are plenty of ways to make your own and have fun. Give each child an empty two liter soda bottle, juice container, or other similar container filled with water. Head outside to an area where you will be able to set up your puddle parade.

Have the kids practice their descriptive words as they make their puddles. While pouring the water onto the ground have everyone say words that sound like the water splashing and crashing to their feet. Next, form a circle and parade around the puddles and sing songs as you go around. Make up games to play while enjoying the puddles. Incorporate articulation practice, vocabulary use, and other goals that each child is working on.

Story Time with The Puddle

After spending time playing outside in puddles in a session, take time to talk about the experience. What is it like to splash around? Are the sounds something you enjoy? What would you like to have with you when you play in the rain. Introduce The Puddle by David McPhail.  The little boy in the story is bored inside on a rainy day and his mother lets him go outside to sail a boat in puddles. With his rain gear on, he goes outside and the story comes alive.

Bring toy animals to retell the story after reading it or to create your own tale.  Record some video of this activity to share with families. Remind them to speak slowly and loudly enough so they can be heard. Some children may need some questions to help prompt them to get going. If you want to work on specific words, group items that go along with that instead of simply animals. Children can make a very different puddle tale with their own mix of items and words. Work as a group to accomplish the project together.  Send a note home to families to share when it is finished. Not everyone has internet access, so it may be fun to make DVDs with the videos to gift. Allowing the kids to be proud of their work is important and multilingual learner need confidence boosters to help with their self esteem.

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